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Hax: Readers offer opinions on babies, job moves, fights with partners

By Carolyn Hax
While I’m away, readers give the advice. On stepping on parental toes by calling a grandchild “my baby”: When I was 4, my little sister was diagnosed as autistic. As you might imagine, my parents ...

Ex-etiquette: Mom thinks her Dad and ex share faults

By Jann Blackstone
Q uestion: My ex is driving me crazy. He reminds me so much of my father — who also drives me crazy. My dad had substance-abuse problems for most of my life and has never quite gotten it together. ...

How to dramatically improve your relationship

By Chicago Tribune
A newly revised edition of John Gottman’s best-selling “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work” (Harmony Books) was just released. Gottman is a psychology professor at the University of Washington and the founder and director of The Gottman Institute, a ...

Readers share stories about key role played by cousins

By Rex Rutkoski
Now that it’s officially summer, “cousin season” is about to blossom fully throughout the Pittsburgh area and across the nation. That means vacations, family reunions, ...

Distraction therapy: Hospital room designs help ease tension

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
There is a reason to stare at these walls. They bring solace when you are in a not-so-comforting surrounding — a hospital exam area or treatment ...

Scaife estates’ decor set to hit auction block, could fetch $2M

By Natasha Lindstrom
One-hundred and thirty-two years ago, the father-son Roebling team won global accolades for its work on the Brooklyn Bridge, which was dubbed the “eighth wonder ...

Grown-ups find relaxation in filling in adult coloring books

By Alice Carter
Roll up your yoga mat, cancel your massage appointment and pick up a crayon. An ever-increasing selection of adult coloring books offers a fun and creative ...

Trendy ‘Pea coat’ origin is a Dutch Treat

By Tribune-Review
Q uestion: What is the derivation of “pea coat” for the U.S. Navy jacket? It’s time I knew, because I was in the Seabees for a few years. — Kaz Glista via email Answer: During college, I worked one ...

Hax: Who’s the Daddy? And what could be Mother’s reason for not telling?

By Carolyn Hax
Dear Carolyn: My mother says she will not tell me who my father is and will take the secret to the grave with her. Is there ever any good reason for not telling someone who their father is? ...

Artisans head to Downtown Pittsburgh for Woodturners Symposium

By Matthew Zabierek
If woodwork conjures up memories of layman creations produced in middle-school tech-ed class, prepare to stretch your imagination. The American Association of Woodturners’ 29th annual ...

Coping with kids: Saluting the Coast Guard and other outdoor action

By Tribune-Review
As summer arrives, we’re seeing more toys and games that are designed to be used outside or that replicate some aspect of the great outdoors. This weekm we take a look at some from one of our favorite manufacturers, Playmobil. ...

Living with Children: Wake up to stopping 8-year-old’s outbursts

By John Rosemond
Q uestion: Our 8-year-old daughter tries to manipulate us and her siblings (she is the youngest of three) with emotional outbursts and whining when things don’t go her way. She is mostly a delightful, cheerful child, but this ...

Freeport teen earns Eagle Scout ranking; birds get a home

By Joyce Hanz
Nathan McCombs’ recent Eagle Scout project is for the birds — literally. The Freeport Area High School student constructed a chimney swift tower under the direction ...

How to keep your pup safe in the pool

By Trib Total Media
There is nothing more fun than watching a dog swimming in a pool. Throw a tennis ball into the picture, and most dogs are in ...

Hax: Woman frets about long-term implications of helping homeless child

By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion: Hi, Carolyn: Volunteering at a local homeless shelter a few months ago, I “clicked” with a sweet, funny, smart 9-year-old who was staying there with her dad. I don’t know the whole story, ...

Ex-etiquette: If BBQ makes ex uncomfortable, cook up compromise

By Jann Blackstone
Q uestion: My daughter is graduating soon, and her father and I are at odds as to how to handle the celebration afterward. I want everyone to come over to my home for a casual BBQ, and he wants to ...

The feel-good psychology of Internet cat videos

By Caitlin Dewey
It’s 2 p.m. You’re tired, disgruntled and desk-bound. Casting about for something — anything! — to carry you to 5, you contemplate a coffee or an office walk-around. But not so fast, dear office drone, because there’s a guaranteed mood-lifter you ...

Ansari: Men’s first-date texts are lazy

By Lisa Bonos
“Heyyy!” If this is how you’re trying to get a date, Aziz Ansari says you’re doing it wrong. In his stand-up routines, Ansari captures the frustration and excitement of single life. A lot of that plays out over text message: People take ...

How to work out a wedding guest list

By Chicago Tribune
Wedding planner Joyce Scardina Becker has a simple system for compiling wedding guest lists. Divide people into three categories: yes, maybe and no. “‘Yes’ includes parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, plus friends you see often,” said Becker, president of ...

Bottle-fed orphan kitties need lots of attention, care and feeding

By Kellie B. Gormly
Trena Gula knows that many of the tiny kittens she fosters in her Brookline home will die despite her efforts. It’s heartbreaking. But the kittens ...