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Piecemaker kiosk kicks out keepsakes on the spot

By Bob Karlovits
When computer science meets business, it can produce tiny green dragons. At least, that is one of the outcomes at Piecemaker, a 3-D printing company that ...

Hax: Reader wants to change first name but feels foolish doing so after age 40

By Carolyn Hax
Dear Carolyn: I’m in my 40s and heading to graduate school for a completely different career. I’ve always hated my first name — it sounds great for a child but does not transfer well as a professional name. I’d ...

Tell if boyfriend’s daughter is smoking pot?

By Andrea Bonior
Question: I have seen evidence that my boyfriend’s teen daughter is smoking marijuana. I am just now developing a relationship with her, and she is a good kid. My boyfriend is extremely strict about things like that. I have considered ...

Column: Social media often makes us anti-social

By Mya Koch
I’m over it. It’s just not so much fun anymore. Like anything else we become enamored with when it arrives on the scene, the luster of social media — at least for me — has worn off. Facebook used to be ...

Living with Children: A salute to imaginary friends

By John Rosemond
Today’s parents tend to worry about all manner of things that deserve not even second thoughts. Imaginary friends, for example. I’ve been asked many times by mothers whether they should worry that their preschoolers have imaginary friends that they ...

Annual Quilt Show on South Side to highlight hexagons

By Deborah Weisberg
Quilters and folks who appreciate their artistry will have much to see at the 2015 Annual Quilt Show March 26 to 28 at the Circuit ...

Location change lets crafters keep knitting their community

By Deborah Weisberg
Pittsburgh has hosted its share of movie crews, but calling it “Hollywood of the East” could leave some in stitches. At least that’s the hope of ...

Hax: Woman who stops by to chat near end of day disrupts colleague’s work

By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion: Dear Carolyn: How do I politely handle a Stage 5 Office Clinger? I really like her, but her hourlong, end-of-day swing-bys are cutting into my work productivity. Using the phone, going to the ...

Ex-etiquette: New wife wants to vacation with her kids only

By Jann Blackstone
Q uestion: I recently got divorced, and my ex-wife has custody of our three children. I remarried a woman who has custody of her three children. Living with the three stepchildren has been a difficult transition. It has ...

PSU New Ken students donate spring break to work in Puerto Rico

By Pamela Murphy
When most people hear “spring break,” they usually think of beaches, bikinis and partying. But for a group of service-minded students from Penn State New ...

Wall on Pitt campus shares happiness one card at a time

By Kellie B. Gormly
One guy, who works as a delivery man, pledged to deliver his product on time. Many pledged to hang out with their friends, give free ...

Writer, beware: ‘If not’ poses knotty questions

By Rob Kyff
In crafting a college recommendation for a student recently, I unintentionally sailed into the murky mist of ambiguity by writing: “She is very bright, if not brilliant.” Hmm ... does this mean she’s very bright but not brilliant, or very ...

Lane: Get a handle on organizing all those printed photos

By Sandra Lane
The average family has thousands of printed photos to be organized. Organizing printed photos is a daunting task that should be approached in small steps: 1. Create a workspace. The process will take some time, and you will need room ...

Hax: Reader says love matters more than the engagement ring

By Carolyn Hax
While I’m away, readers give the advice: On postponing a proposal until you have just the right ring: We will celebrate our 35th anniversary next month, and still have the gold bands I financed with my tax return way ...

Author: Only you can calculate formula for happier life

By Jennifer Weigel
Is there a formula for being happy? According to Paul Dolan, professor of behavioral science at the London School of Economics and Political Science, we need to start doing more and worrying less. In his book, “Happiness by Design: Change ...

Irish legacy: Descendants, immigrants help heritage thrive

By Rex Rutkoski
The Irish are always out in force on St. Patrick’s Day, but honoring Irish heritage in the Pittsburgh area is an ongoing labor of love. ...

Living with Children: Helping a 4-year-old overcome fear of bedtime

By John Rosemond
Q uestion: About six months ago, our 4-year old daughter began complaining of being afraid to be alone at bedtime. Upon questioning, she told us she was afraid of monsters in her closet and under her bed. We were unable ...

Coping with kids: Lather up giggles at bathtime

By Tribune-Review
Who wouldn’t enjoy bathing with a hippo — or even a shark? Soap Sox are soft and cuddly animal friends that double as washcloths. Insert soap or bath gel into the animal body for easy sudsing. Built-in finger pockets allow secure scrubbing. Soap Sox are ...

New Kensington resident reaches top in tree-climbing competition

By Ed Phillipps
With the return of spring, champions are being crowned on hardwood basketball courts all over. Ryan Kruljac, however, is a champion for climbing wood. The ...

Hax: Fellow wishes gal pal who hates everything wasn’t so upfront about it

By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion: Dear Carolyn: My girlfriend believes in too much honesty. Every time she meets my friends, and often when we go to events of my choosing, I’m treated immediately afterward to a litany of ...