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How to dispense with fear and make more friends

By Tribune News Service 5:42 p.m.
The energy you get from all the people who care about you is a gift. People who have close relationships and friendships with others generally live longer and fuller lives. However, sometimes, it can be very scary to try to ...

Hax: Should woman who doesn’t want kids continue to date man who does?

By Carolyn Hax 5:37 p.m.
Adapted from a recent online discussion: Dear Carolyn: I recently started dating a man whom I really like, and the feeling is mutual. I haven’t felt this connected to someone in years, but there is a gigantic red flag ...

Ex-etiquette: No toddler on date

By Jann Blackstone 5:38 p.m.
Q uestion: I’m dating a guy with a 2-year-old daughter. We’ve been dating for three months. Most of the time, they spend weekends at my condo. I’m not always sure how to respond when she acts up, and ...

Prison artists add works to Braddock Carnegie’s art-lending library

By Rachel Weaver
A program at Braddock Carnegie Library showcases the creativity of artists whose work would otherwise go unseen. The library’s Art Lending Program has hit the ...

Kitten Bowl II could be winner by a whisker Super Bowl Sunday

By Kellie B. Gormly
Cat lovers have a purrfect prelude to the big game this weekend: Kitten Bowl II, where a bunch of cute kitties romp and play on ...

The Word Guy: Use of the idiom ‘based off’ often is off base

By Rob Kyff
Q uestion: When did “based on” morph into “based off”? When I was teaching, I heard my students say it a lot, e.g., “This movie was based off the book.” I just saw it in print for the first time: ...

Apptitude: Groovebook is the little album that could

By Christina Breda Antoniades
There are two shelves in my living room bookcase devoted to family photo albums — weighty faux-leather books with their spines neatly labeled by year and their pages packed with the 4-by-6-inch images of my kids as babies. They’re great. ...

Hax: Friend’s remark about fiance being controlling nags at bride-to-be

By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion: Dear Carolyn: I am happily engaged to a wonderful man. He is renovating a condo that we will move into this summer. I have some habits from living alone for so long that annoy ...

Western Pa. farm markets keep customers coming when nothing’s growing

By Alice T. Carter
For most of the year, farm markets have no problem attracting customers. Pots of brightly colored annuals, ears of corn and red tomatoes fresh from the ...

Coping with kids: Art Zone, Star Walk are new learning apps

By Tribune-Review
NGA Kids Art Zone: National Gallery of Art. This app lets you explore eight works by artists featured at the National Gallery of Art and create masterpieces. Your first task is to make an avatar based on an American folk-art ...

Living with Children: Closing the door on toddler tantrums

By John Rosemond
Q uestion: How do you stop tantrums in a 3-year-old? My daughter never went through the “terrible twos” but began throwing wild tantrums shortly after her third birthday. This coincided with the birth of a sibling, a boy, but ...

Hax: Spouse feels wife prefers spending time with her phone to their family

By Carolyn Hax
Dear Carolyn: My wife of 20 years has become obsessed with her phone. She is constantly checking Facebook, texts and email, while seeming to ignore me and our three kids at home and in the car. While I drive, ...

Ex-etiquette: Dad moves out of state, feels out of the loop

By Jann Blackstone
Q uestion: About a year ago, I was offered a job in another state. Prior to that, I had equal custody of my kids and saw them three or four times a week. My ex’s new husband was great, and ...

Make new friendships, without undermining the old

By Chicago Tribune
While many relationships are inherited — say, through our families — friendships should be a choice based on shared values. As we mature and evolve, newer friendships are often easier to maintain. That said, nobody knows you like your lifelong ...

Film props, much more can be found at North Hills antiques shop

By Joyce Hanz
A new antiques shop along Babcock Boulevard offers a bit of Manhattan style with Pittsburgh hospitality. Kensington Court Antiques, which opened earlier this month, offers shoppers ...

Ex-Pizza Huts still making dough as other businesses

By Rex Rutkoski
Mike Neilson swears he’s not your average obsessed collector. The Kennedy resident, who moved here from Harrisburg, blames it all on getting lost as a ...

Professional photographers help record wedding proposals

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Dan Speicher arrived at Girasole in Shadyside early, carrying a black bag. He chose a table so he would have the perfect view. Then, he sat ...

The Word Guy: Take the quiz: Diagnose, fix these sentences

By Rob Kyff
You’re the sentence doctor! Diagnose the ailment in each of these sentences, and then prescribe a rewrite to repair the problem. Just to make things interesting, one sentence is completely healthy. 1. The fact that experts disagree about the reasons ...

Charity Miles is both easy and gratifying

By Daniele Seiss
Like many runners, when I began racing, I combined it with fundraising. At first, I was in love with the idea that my efforts had ...

Hax: 12-year-old ‘worrier’ balks at staying home alone

By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion: Dear Carolyn: My daughter just turned 12 and refuses to stay home alone, even for short periods of time. She’s never had separation issues or a problem dropping her off at school or ...