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I should’ve stayed with old Jim

July 6, 2014 OK. I’ll admit it. I visited a gym when I was still enrolled in a different one, so I’m pretty much the “bad boy” your parents warned you to stay away from. more »»

Personalize summer projects with foot prints

July 6, 2014 Summer is usually everyone’s favorite time of the year. Days by the pool, trips to the beach, leisure vacations and picnics with friends and family are on everyone’s to do list. more »»

Bank on these checks

July 4, 2014 Dear Heloise: I realize that more and more people pay bills online, but I still like writing checks for most things. more »»

In-laws must stay out of kids’ marital squabbles

July 3, 2014 Q: Should I step in to help if I feel my son-in-law isn't caring properly for my daughter and grandchildren? He constantly neglects to put oil in their car -- which leaks like a sieve -- so I do it. more »»

Potty training not for faint of heart

July 1, 2014 It’s full throttle potty training for the 2-year-old in our household this summer — and let me tell you the stories emerging from it have been plentiful. more »»

It’s time to give up on yesterday’s future

June 29, 2014 With all the fanfare normally reserved for dictators rolling into a vanquished capitol, Google held its annual developer conference in San Francisco on Wednesday. more »»

Art on minimal effort

June 29, 2014 The highlight of my artistic career consisted of an attempt at a clay vase that ended up looking like an old man’s face covered in gumbo. more »»

Careful! The kids are watching

June 28, 2014 If you speak English in your home, your kids are not likely to come out speaking Italian. Kids learn everything through observation and imitation. And they don't miss a thing. more »»

A bag for buttons and pills

June 27, 2014 Dear Heloise: I found a great use for the tiny, zippered plastic BAGS that hold an extra button and come with new articles of clothing. more »»

Essential skills for well-rounded kids

June 26, 2014 In my last article I talked about what author Ellen Galinsky felt were essential life skills for children. more »»

From hotel stays to cookie capers

June 24, 2014 It’s about time I piece together some of my random thoughts on paper, mostly because I want to get them out of my head and move on. — This month at my house it has been the Potter Hotel. more »»

Quick and easy strawberry pie

June 22, 2014 I really like strawberry pie – you know the kind that has a sugar laden glaze pour over a mountain of strawberries in a pie shell. I have two for you – one with sugar and one without. more »»

Turn your junk to cash in a weekend

June 21, 2014 The Wall Street Journal has estimated the annual yield from garage sales to be around $2 billion. more »»

Cut college costs by the book

June 20, 2014 Dear Heloise: I am a college student, and I am always looking for ways to cut expenses. Instead of buying my COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS, I rent the. more »»

Keep kids in spearate beds on family’s vacation

June 19, 2014 Q: Do you think it's OK for a 14-year-old boy to sleep in the same bed with his 11-year-old sister on a family vacation? Our family of four will be sharing a single room with two queen-sized beds,... more »»

Part parent, part paleontologist

June 17, 2014 It’s official, I’ve become a paleontologist. No, it’s not a degree I just completed but an activity I have to do almost daily as one of my daddy duties — search for a dinosaur. more »»

Looks like the circus is coming back to town

June 15, 2014 Pop some popcorn, grab a drink and get ready because the circus is coming back to Iowa! That’s right, election season 2014 is underway! And this time, like all the other times, it’s special. more »»

I do expect double presents

June 15, 2014 This year Father’s Day lands on my birthday, which should, of course, mean Double Presents. But it never wil. more »»

The fish were laughing at me

June 10, 2014 I think our outdoors writers here at the Times-Republican are going to have to sit me down and give me a scolding. more »»

I’ve had it with these high tech Amish

June 8, 2014 You try and stick up for somebody and look what happens? A brief recap: Late in August of the heady year 2013, while the world sat raptured by Robin Thicke suing Marvin Gaye’s estate over the rights... more »»

 
 

 

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