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Lori Borgman: From back-a-rub to whiplash in a short time

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When our twin grandbabies were chubby-cheeked toddlers and would spend the night on two little blue cots, they often requested a "back-a-rub" to help them fall asleep.

The husband or I would sit, kneel or crouch on the hardwood floor between the two cots with arms outstretched simultaneously giving a back-a-rub to each twin.

The tots would be ...Read more


Why the 6 things you tell your teen about screen time may be missing the mark

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We want our kids to stand up for what they believe in, but not get too political online.

We beg them to carefully consider their Snapchat posts, but fail to recognize that their peers — or even us, as their parents — post photos of them without their permission.

We urge them to be a good friend, but also to get off their darn phones.

In ...Read more

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Mothers who have lost children to homicide gather and share grief, hope

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Raven Bridges lost her son Kamari Bridges on Halloween night 2021. He was shot and killed near Prospect Avenue and East 54th Street.

“A friend of mine came and started banging on the door, telling me that Kamari got shot in the chest, and he’s on his way to St. Luke’s Hospital,” Bridges said. “I panicked.”

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‘Strain and stress’: Why inflation has hit back-to-school shopping harder than ever

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The cost of basic school supplies is higher than ever for parents preparing to send their children back to school this month.

The cost of school supplies spiked alongside rising rates of consumer inflation nationwide. As of July, consumer inflation had increased 8.5% in 12 months. The figure marked a marginal decline from ...Read more


Column: Amid whirl of activities for kids, leave time to take a breath

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Why is summer the only season that seems to move at warp speed?

Kids are heading back to school, and lately I have found myself thinking fondly of the early days of the pandemic when shutdowns meant slowdowns. It was a small respite from my afternoon job as the activity shuttle bus driver of one child.

I'm not alone in my thinking.

Lucius ...Read more

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In a pinch, couple made her wedding dress from his WWII parachute

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TAMPA, Fla. — Milagros was only passing through Tampa on her way back to Cuba. Joe, a man she had known for around a year, primarily through letters, had another idea.

Return to Cuba to collect your belongings, Joe told her, and come right back to marry me.

But we cannot afford a wedding dress, Milagros replied. She knew her traditional ...Read more

All this mom ever wanted was a normal family

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As a child, all I ever wanted was a “normal” family.

This was my wish growing up in a dysfunctional one, and though I couldn’t have said at the time what “normal” meant, I knew what it didn’t mean.

And so into my 20s, well before I had children, I began to prep for the opportunity to create something out of what often felt like ...Read more


Lori Borgman: Life is good somewhere

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A good friend gives us her old newspapers from a small town in Maine. They are entertainment — a sedentary version of date night.

Because we cannot agree on who gets to read the Cops and Courts section first, we take turns reading it aloud.

In the most recent issue, the lead story was from a Saturday ago when local police received a report ...Read more

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For Black women in Hampton Roads, barriers to reproductive health care are nothing new

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NORFOLK, Va. — Barbara Harris’ mother was 35 when she was sterilized by the state of Virginia in the 1960s.

“She could have a desire to get married, and have a family with her new husband. But she was not able to do that,” said Harris, a longtime nurse who now is executive treasurer for for Virginia Organizing, an advocacy group. “...Read more

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Recent exhibit ‘Exploring Black Girlhood: Through the Artist’s Eyes’ shows off the artistry of Black girls — and the progress of a Chicago nonprofit

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CHICAGO -- Savannah Flowers’ imagery of herself shows the myriad emotions and growth that she’s made during her three years in A Long Walk Home’s Girl/Friends Leadership Institute. A black and white photo captures her working on the edges of her hair. Another colorful piece shows Flowers in a green dress crouched down amid green grass, at ...Read more

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Pakistani Muslim photographer killed in murder-suicide amplifies dialogue about divorce and stigma in the South Asian community

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CHICAGO -- After a 29-year-old Pakistani Muslim woman was shot and killed last month, in an apparent murder-suicide by her soon-to-be ex-husband, her death sparked countless conversations and reflection within the South Asian and Muslim communities about how cultural stigma, particularly surrounding divorce, can unfairly burden women.

Sania ...Read more

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A widow lost nearly everything in a fire. Her new community is helping her start over

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Everything Ashley May and her three kids own can fit into a wheelbarrow. Charred and waterlogged, the remnants of their lives were pulled from the ruins of the Colonial-era barn on a farmstead that the family rents in Kimberton, a small, rural town near Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.

May, her two sons, and her daughter moved into the property two ...Read more


Would your dad make a good president?

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We don't often talk politics in front of the grands because it's just all too terribly depressing. For us. We're not that concerned about them. They're young and may live long enough to see the nation rally.

But somehow, in a FaceTime call with our son, five grands crowding around the phone's camera and his wife in the background fixing dinner ...Read more


Feeling burned out? This survey for working parents might help

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Working from home while making sure your kids are in their virtual classroom while getting groceries delivered while keeping everyone safe from coronavirus is enough to burn anyone out. Two years of going through this has apparently been too much for many people.

"When COVID-19 came into our lives, we were hopeful that the impact of the ...Read more

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Amid formula shortage, California mothers find unlikely source of relief: Breast milk donors

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — By week 20 of her pregnancy, Joy Pileggi knew that her second daughter, Allison, had little chance of surviving past birth.

She had developed Trisomy 18, also known as Edward’s Syndrome, a rare condition with a near-zero long-term survival rate. But knowing what was coming didn’t make Allison’s death any less ...Read more


Melatonin is a popular sleep aid for adults that's on the rise among kids. But is it safe?

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PHILADELPHIA —Rachael Gibbons-Newcome had tried everything to defuse her 5-year-old son's angry outbursts: prizes for good behavior, sticker charts, and calming evening routines.

Out of other options, the family's pediatrician recommended trying melatonin, a dietary supplement that can aid in sleep. Benjamyn — or "Jammers," as his family ...Read more

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From bail bonds to beauty salon, St. Pete woman lifts up community

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — It’s late afternoon on a Friday and Kenyatta Rucker is sitting on a bench on 21st Street S, talking to a man who’s calling from jail.

She’s three blocks from the house where she grew up. Behind her is a single-story building. It’s painted black, with four lime green doors.

The door to her right leads to a salon...Read more

Lori Borgman: Oh baby, this could be hairy

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Just when you think the headlines can't get any more eye-popping, along comes a story about underarm hair for women making a comeback as a potential tool of empowerment.

There was a brief period when some women in the Flower Child movement grew underarm hair. But that was long ago and today those women are probably more concerned about thinning...Read more

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Some ‘proactively’ seek options — vasectomies included — as abortion rights fade

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BOISE, Idaho -- Tim Guill, a joint lecturer at Boise State, underwent his first vasectomy at age 33. He was a single father to a young son and said he was confident he did not want more children.

At 36, though, he had his vasectomy reversed.

Now, at 42, he is undergoing the procedure one more time.

“Seeing the writing on the wall with ...Read more


How NYC sets up kids with emotional disabilities for failure: ‘I had more kids in the correctional system than I had graduates’

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NEW YORK -- Emmanuel Otuonye graduated as valedictorian from his Brooklyn high school for students with disabilities but is so disgusted with his education that he couldn’t bring himself to attend the ceremony.

The best student at Sunset Park’s Lillian Rashkis High School reads at what his mom estimates is a fifth-grade level and still ...Read more



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