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Shadyside’s A Fair in the Park arts-and-crafts fest marks ‘benchmark year’

By Deborah Weisberg
An annual celebration of the arts and one last hurrah of summer is set for Sept. 5 through 7, when A Fair in the Park …

Dogs get blues when youngsters go back to school

By The Associated Press
Young people aren’t the only ones who get back-to-school blues. Pooches used to months of constant playtime can get upset when their best buddies disappear with the dog days of summer. Many dogs whine and wait eagerly at the front …

Hax: Lateness is nothing more than a personality trait, so lighten up

By Carolyn Hax
W hile I’m away, readers give the advice. On the chronically unpunctual: Chronic lateness is a personality characteristic just as much as smiling or shyness or empathy or mothering or wool-gathering, to name a few of the more benign. None …

Ex-etiquette: ‘My kid’ vs. ‘his kid’ creates tug of war

By Jann Blackstone
Q uestion: My boyfriend and I have been living together for two years. My son is 12 and his daughter is 6. His daughter wants my son to do things her way and gets upset when he doesn’t, but he’s …

How to ensure your insurance options when remodeling

By Mct Information Services
Because your house is likely to be your biggest asset, it’s wise to periodically examine coverage, to ensure that you’re adequately protected against damage and liability. This is especially important if you’re planning a major project, such as remodeling, rebuilding …

Tweet and post limits work their way into prenups

By Rachel Weaver
Social-media users know sometimes things get posted online whether they “like” it or not. The concern of unflattering, insulting or just plain embarrassing posts appearing …

Sit! Stay! Listen! Pet Life Radio is on

By Sun Sentinel
Want to know the latest trends in carpeted cat furniture? What to do about your dog’s strange skin rash? If you really can train a rabbit to walk on a leash? There’s probably a show on Pet Life Radio to …

Hax: Man who stood up to bullies changed kid’s life

By Carolyn Hax
W hile I’m away, readers give the advice. On witnessing an act of cruelty: I was bullied viciously through most of my childhood. My parents assumed it was my fault and punished me rather than helping. The neighbors and most …

Ask Demetria: 5 mistakes to learn from in dealing with ex

By Tribune-Review
Q uestion: My ex broke up my last relationship, but I forgave him and we became cordial. When we were together, he treated me like crap, but in the spirit of forgiveness, I moved on and told him we could …

South Side entrepreneur turns breakup into a chance to help heal others

By Kellie B. Gormly
When Phil Laboon’s engagement broke up, he decided to make LemonAID out of the lemons life had handed him. The charity event that was supposed …

Say ‘I don’t’ to these wedding trends

By The Baltimore Sun
Maybe the simulated lap dance by the bridal party at a reception gave you pause. You probably cringed when you saw the bride and groom request money through a Facebook wedding invitation. Confused about proper wedding behavior? We recruited advice …

Coping with Kids: Don’t leave home without these

By Tribune-Review
Here are some fun, new musts-have travel take-alongs. Helium: (Delsey) Bags in Delsey’s Helium line are durable and lightweight. The bag is available in three sizes and your choice of standard or bright colors. All are equipped with a TSA-approved …

Living with Children: Is 5-year-old touching normal or serious?

By John Rosemond
Q uestion: Our 5-year-old grandson sees his 5-year-old female first cousin from time to time. After they play for a while, he tells her he wants to “touch” her. This has happened twice in recent months. Her parents are upset, …

Hax: Aunt asks reader to get cousin to admit she has a drinking problem

By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion: H i, Carolyn: My aunt and uncle have just enlisted me to help their 24-year-old daughter, “Sarah,” who lives in my city, about 2,000 miles from them.   Apparently, over the holidays, Sarah talked …

New partner edges out Dad’s time with kids

By Jann Blackstone
Q uestion: My new partner loves my children but has a real problem with my ex. He doesn’t approve of his parenting and looks for excuses for the kids to not see their father. My ex is a little inconsistent, …

How are you masking the pain in your life?

By Linda Arnold
“Imagination oozed from every pore. He just couldn’t see beyond his own brain how much he was loved.” These are but two observations on the …

Dog owners accessorize with canine couture

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
With National Dog Day coming up Aug. 26, what do you get the dog who has everything? Surprise your puppy love with a satin bow …

Google Maps opens business doors to online views for shoppers

By John D. Oravecz
Patti Danforth tells about a customer who comes into her deli in Aspinwall to buy grits. “This gentleman came in, he saw these grits online, …

Hax: She hopes to head off sister by ignoring sibling’s emails

By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion: H i, Carolyn: A relative is hosting a surprise event. My sister lives out of state but is going to drive here for the party. When she comes to visit, she always stays with …

Hot weather flings don’t always cool with the season

By Kellie B. Gormly
When Jess and Greg Green first started dating as counselors at a summer camp, they didn’t imagine the relationship would last beyond the summer, let …