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Millennial Life: When the Wheels on the Bus Don't Go Round

Since I had a stay-at-home mom, I never got to ride the bus aside from field trip days. However, my life of crime started with the desire to ride a bus. In second grade, I forged my dad's signature -- his was easier -- on a field trip slip to go to the city's dump because I hadn't remembered to bring the note home.

While the ginormous magnet ...Read more

Single File: Overlooked?

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DEAR SUSAN: I was quite saddened to read in 'Single File' that unmarried households (solo) outnumber married families. But as I think about it, it's somewhat true. Even in my life I know of several people between the ages of 30 and 55 who live alone. Those divorced are trying desperately to meet someone so as not to continue their journey alone....Read more

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Barton Goldsmith: Mindfulness is an everyday pleasure

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Working in a garden, sitting quietly with a drawing pad or writing tablet, sewing or doing needlepoint: All are examples of simple, relaxing activities. They are often spoken of as mindful activities, as they fully involve your attention in the moment and improve different parts of your inner being. But you might be surprised at how even simpler...Read more

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Erika Ettin: The importance of valuing your mental health while online dating

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Starting the online dating process is scary but exciting. You take some nice photos, whip up a witty profile and start scrolling through all the possibilities, which seem endless. But if you’re like most people, the thrilling high is followed closely by lows.

High: You find someone who has an intriguing profile, from common interests to an ...Read more

Science Advice Goddess: Venus Envy

I got a boob job two years ago. My best friend, seeing the results, wanted one, too. When she realized she couldn't afford it, she started making snide comments about women who get them. Recently, a guy was hitting on me at a party, and she started flirting with him and asked, "Do you think I need a boob job?" and told him I'd gotten one. I ...Read more

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COVID-19 etiquette: How to handle awkward vaccine, church and family situations

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In this era of COVID-19, etiquette has often taken a back seat to bad manners. Many of us have witnessed an epidemic of disrespect and rudeness related to the precautions we are taking to protect ourselves.

We asked two etiquette experts for advice on handling the uncomfortable situations we have all had to confront: Yvonne Salas, owner of ...Read more

To See It All

The paper was riddled with red marks, comments on the side (some intelligible) and plenty of arrows and strikethroughs. Her underling, who was about two levels above me in rank, scurried toward me, waving, with the draft in her hand. "It's great!" she exclaimed. "If it had been really bad, she would have thrown it in your face."

She meant ...Read more