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Daily desktop dining at the office requires consideration

By Kellie B. Gormly
Tim Edwards admits that he often eats lunch at his desk, and he’s careful. But as a computer professional who does many repair jobs involving …

Coping with Kids: Bumbleride strollers made of 50 percent recycled material

By Tribune-Review
Bumbleride strollers are made of eco-conscious recycled plastic and bamboo-derived rayon fabrics in bright colors like cayenne red, aquamarine and green papyrus. The exterior fabric …

Living with Children: Animal torture is marker for antisocial behavior

By John Rosemond
Q uestion: My 18-year-old son and a slightly younger friend recently found some mice and decided to dispose of them. They drowned one and set the other one on fire. When I confronted my son for torturing animals, his response …

Sales pick up the pace as spring speeds on

By John Altdorfer
The spring auction drought breaks a bit with four sales in the upcoming weeks. Along with the usual suspects such as Constantine & Pletcher, BHD …

Hax: Mom wonders how to help her depressed daughter

By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn: Our 22-year-old daughter lives with her boyfriend, whom we don’t really like, but we are cordial when we get together. A friend of our daughter’s recently contacted me to say she had …

Ex-etiquette: Boyfriend needs to set the record straight

By Jann Blackstone
Q uestion: My boyfriend of two years and I broke up for a short while, but we have reconciled, and I moved back in about two months ago. His ex-wife, who is constantly causing trouble with the kids, continues to …

Hax: Ex wants to work it out, but she’s not so sure

By Carolyn Hax
D ear Carolyn: I met a man who was a year out of a decades-long marriage, and we became seriously, passionately involved, and discussed marriage. I was the first person he dated after he and his wife split. After almost …

The Word Guy: Faithful ‘word fiends’ share items of interest

By Tribune-Review
I get by with a little help from my fiends (word fiends, that is) — the readers who send me delightful dollops of lore, levity and lunacy. “Had had” ha-ha: George Takei emails: “Why is English so much fun? Because …

Coping with kids: New car monitor helps drivers check on baby

By Tribune-Review
Always in View is a wireless video baby monitor created for cars with the goal to reduce distracted driving and eliminate forgotten baby syndrome. The …

Living with Children: Take away their video games!

By John Rosemond
Q uestion: Our 14-year-old son seems to be depressed. His principal sees no sign of depression but thinks he’s socially anxious. The subjects of counseling and medication have come up. We have suggested that he get more exercise and spend …

Two Western Pennsylvania residents win Deaf Teen America contest

By Kellie B. Gormly
It was a beauty and talent contest of a different sort that had two local winners. Two juniors at Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf …

Keep business separate from breakup

By Jann Blackstone
Q uestion: My ex and I were together for two years. We lived with my parents, and she has been working for my father, managing his office and upgrading his website. We had a horrible fight, which was all her …

Hax: She’d like to number his days at the Faire

By Carolyn Hax
D ear Carolyn: This is going to sound so dumb . My boyfriend participates in the Renaissance Faire. He enjoys this greatly, and doing so has greatly enhanced his self-esteem. However, what this means for me is that, from October …

Runners travel far and wide to race with friends and family

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Local runners often log lots of miles to log running miles. They travel to other parts of the country — and, sometimes, the world — …

Earth Day events offer reasons  to get outdoors

By Kellie B. Gormly
Many people credit the original Earth Day on April 22, 1970, for sparking the environmental movement that continues today with efforts to preserve the planet …

Matzah baking event in Shadyside brings together area volunteers, youths

By Deborah Weisberg
Breaking bread isn’t the only means to forming friendships. Baking matzah can go a long way, too. Earlier this week, special-needs youths and teen volunteers …

The Word Guy: ‘An hotel’ draws reservations; it’s ‘a hotel’

By Rob Kyff
Question: I notice that the word “hotel” is often preceded with the word “an,” as in “We searched for an hotel,” but I’m confused. Wouldn’t “a hotel” be correct? — Dan LaRosa, via email Answer: I’ll be glad to check …

Hax: Student debt might doom this romance

By Carolyn Hax
H i, Carolyn: I finished my undergrad a year ago, have a good job and consider myself financially stable. My boyfriend is finishing his master’s and will graduate with $200,000 in student debt. We’ve been together for nine months and …

Travel writer sings Pittsburgh’s praises

By David Landsel
This story from Airfair watchdog.com appeared on the Huffington Post website and was shared by Pittsburgh fans across social media. If you missed it, here’s what …

Coping with Kids: Baby Elephant Ears provide comfort while traveling

By Tribune-Review
If you’re taking your baby on long and bumpy road trips, Baby Elephant Ears may help the baby feel comfortable and secure. The stuffed-cloth product, …