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Fixing plumbing is a pipe dream

February 23, 2014 I don’t mean to brag, but I’m probably the handiest guy currently in my living room (sorry wife, sister-in-law, baby and cat!). Wait, Mike Rowe just came on the TV trying to sell me a Ford. more »»

How a simple request turned into $1,000 savings

February 22, 2014 Dear Mary: In a recent column, a reader wrote saying it didn't work to call her credit card company to ask them to lower her credit card's interest rate. Your response reminded me that I had a 14. more »»

Things NOT to say to your child — instead use positive reinforcement

February 20, 2014 Many parents can get very stressed trying to do too much; working full-time, running kids to events/appointments, cooking, cleaning, volunteering, car-pooling, etc. more »»

Parents in the driver’s seat of their child’s growth

February 19, 2014 Rebecca Johnson knows the value of Area Education Agency (AEA) service. more »»

Spotting buses on the road

February 18, 2014 You know that phase when a youngster is learning to talk and they say some words the right way and some words wrong? Well, our 2-year-old son is in that phase now and the wrong words can be so... more »»

Rob Lowe and the all black cast remake

February 16, 2014 Why would anyone remake a Rob Lowe movie? Don’t get me wrong; I like Rob Lowe when he’s on TV (“The West Wing,” “Parks and Recreation,” “The Stand”) but can you think of a single good movie where he... more »»

In case of emergency, let your wife do it

February 16, 2014 There are only a few instances where you should be required to go to the grocery store alone with an infant. They are outlined below: 1. more »»

How to make a better fruit fly trap

February 15, 2014 In a recent column I showed you how to make a very effective fruit fly trap. I thought my trap was quite effective because I caught those flies that were driving me nuts. more »»

No love for bedbugs

February 14, 2014 Dear Heloise: Is there an at-home remedy to get rid of BEDBUGS? -- A Reader in Washington. more »»

Valentine’s Day can give kids unrealistic ideas about love

February 13, 2014 Q: Do you have any recommendations for celebrating Valentine's Day? I'd like my daughter to be able to enjoy the experience, but I don't want to reinforce our culture's misguided ideas about romanc. more »»

Consider career/volunteer opportunities in Emergency Medical Services

February 12, 2014 Have you ever called 911 for an emergency and wondered if someone would come? How long it would take for help to arrive? This is a real concern for residents living in small towns. more »»

Olympics has me hooked

February 11, 2014 It didn’t take long this year for NBC and the Winter Olympics to have me hooked. more »»

Seahawks, the Illuminati and Klitschko

February 9, 2014 As I write this only four scant days have passed since whatever that was that they called the Super Bowl this year. The ludicrous safety. The kick off return. The impenetrable Seahawks defense. more »»

Man’s best friend would eat you

February 9, 2014 When I was in college I took an internship with a small newspaper because my first choice, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue oil boy, wasn’t an actual thing; even though it totally should b. more »»

Kids and car safety

February 7, 2014 Dear Readers: We all know that CARS AND CHILDREN can be a potential hazard if we don't take care and think about safet. more »»

Creating a readers’ and writers’ workshop

February 5, 2014 During the 2012-2013 school year, three elementary teachers (Kate Pimlott, Franklin; Becky Jacobson, Woodbury; and Sara Nichols, Hoglan) set aside traditional methods for teaching literacy and began... more »»

Brief bachelor time

February 4, 2014 You may not know it since I’m currently knee deep in diapers and princess stuff, but for much of my adult life I was a bachelor. more »»

21st Century butler battles: Downton vs Digital

February 2, 2014 I was disappointed in this year’s State of the Union addres. more »»

You never forget the first one

February 2, 2014 There’s something about your first crush’s facial structure that made your body respond as if you just consumed something highly allergic. more »»

Show your love on Valentine’s Day

February 2, 2014 Few days back I came across a health article that stated how the young kids are at such a high risk of diabetes and health problems when they grow up in comparison to our generation. more »»



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