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After 71 years, their marriage — and that wedding gift of a toaster — endure

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SEATTLE - It was after 3 p.m. and the breakfast dishes had long been put away, but Gloria Witt was happy to make toast. She almost had to.

She and her husband, Frank, had spent the last hour talking about their toaster, a 1949 Sunbeam T-20 model; a two-slicer so shiny you can see yourself in it.

That's all it was, really - a reliable appliance...Read more

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Can I see my friends and family for Thanksgiving if I quarantine for two weeks?

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PHILADELPHIA - Pennsylvania's first case of coronavirus was announced in early March, also when the World Health Organization declared the rapidly spreading virus a pandemic. By Thanksgiving, we'll have lived with this for more than eight months. We're tired. We want normalcy to return. We want to be together. And yet, COVID-19 is still here.

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Separated by the pandemic, this cross-border couple got married at park

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SEATTLE - The words on a handmade sign spoke eloquently: "Love is not tourism."

Last Sunday, a wedding - one of many - took place at busy Peace Arch Historical State Park in Blaine, Wash., uniting a couple who had been separated by a closed border for more than six months. Allyssa Howard drove north from the Everett area, where she has lived ...Read more

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How families are keeping Halloween from turning into a COVID nightmare

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DENVER - For Laura Stoutingburg and her family, Halloween has always been a monthlong celebration of corn mazes, pumpkin patches and, of course, trick-or-treating in their suburban Denver neighborhood.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the mother of two to change their plans.

"Traditional trick-or-treating house to house does not feel ...Read more

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Living with Children: Don't fall into this trap

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Q: My husband and I are not on the same page when it comes to our just-turned 4-year-old son. He thinks our son's behavior is a phase that he will outgrow. To me, his defiance and tantrums are alarming and need to be dealt with now to prevent them from getting worse. Most recently, he has started hitting and kicking us when he doesn't get his ...Read more

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Family donates 116-year-old diary to historical society

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ST. LOUIS - Stephen Phelps calls it the "family bible," the "holy grail" that has survived 116 years and three generations of family members. But now the family bible, a 132-page diary of the 1904 World's Fair written by Phelps' grandmother, Adele Quinette, has found a new home.

Last Monday, the Phelps family parted ways with the keepsake ...Read more

She's lost eight people close to her to COVID-19, and she never really got to mourn

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DURHAM, N.C. - For Vannessa Mason Evans, the COVID-19 pandemic first struck in March when it killed her cousin in New York.

At 59, Evans could recall the big-city vacations from her youth - a country girl from Durham riding the subway through Brooklyn and the Bronx, her cousin acting as guide.

But there would be no funeral. No church supper. ...Read more

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After losing father and sister to ALS, Illinois man swims nearly 20,000 strokes to raise funds

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CHICAGO - When Doug McConnell reaches 100 swim strokes, he thinks about his father. At 400, he thinks about his sister.

He thought about both of them this week when he swam 19,220 strokes in Lake Michigan from Evanston, Ill., to downtown Chicago to raise funds toward finding a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a terminal disease ...Read more

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Gender reveal parties gone wrong — and why the woman who started the trend wants it to stop

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This idea really exploded.

A gender reveal party started a massive Southern California wildfire, and now Jenna Karvunidis, the woman who began the trend, is once again asking people to stop throwing these destructive parties.

"The parties, they're ridiculous," Karvunidis told the Daily News. "And they're harmful to transgender and nonbinary ...Read more

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Separated for decades, long-lost Connecticut and Massachusetts siblings reunited by online DNA testing

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HARTFORD, Conn. - While coronavirus pandemic restrictions have kept untold families apart this year, Jane Anderson Holmes could not wait another day after 40 years of searching for her biological siblings.

Last week she returned to Connecticut, where she grew up with her adopted parents and attended Danbury High School, to meet for the first ...Read more

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'Love is not canceled': Don't wait. Hold tight to your planned 2020 wedding; here are some expert tips

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CHICAGO – Homewood, Ill., residents, Deborah and Markell Thrash were married Aug. 8 on the grounds of Sinha Elegant Cuisine surrounded by 25 of their closest family and friends. DNR Events, an event planning firm in Blue Island, Ill., made their big day happen.

"We were going to get married right before the pandemic set in, in March," said ...Read more

The fire still burns, but the pandemic has made 'gender reveals' hotter than ever

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LOS ANGELES - Pyrotechnics from a gender reveal party in Yucaipa, Calif., sparked a wildfire and ignited an international firestorm of criticism and fierce cultural debate over a custom many say is toxic and dangerous - not least because the fire continues to rage.

"I actually had a lot of people calling me asking if it was my gender reveal," ...Read more

Nine-year-old's bake sales have raised $3,500 for Parkinson's research

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SAN DIEGO - When the pandemic hit in the spring, 9-year-old Zoe Bernard of La Mesa, Calif., started baking sweet treats with family members. But what started out as a fun way to pass the time during quarantine has become a one-girl mission to raise $10,000 for Parkinson's disease research.

Through a series of weekend bake sales since July, the ...Read more

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Two Navajo sisters who were inseparable died of COVID just weeks apart

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Cheryl and Corrina Thinn were almost joined at the hip. The sisters, both members of the Navajo Nation, shared an office at Arizona's Tuba City Regional Health Care. Cheryl conducted reviews to make sure patients were receiving adequate care. Corrina was a social worker. Their desks were just inches apart.

They lived together, with their mother...Read more

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Ex-etiquette: Not feeling at home in his late wife's house

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Q. My husband's first wife died four years ago. I moved into his home with his two young children. Nothing has changed since the moment she passed. I'm trying to make a life for my husband and me and it's virtually impossible here. My husband says we can't afford to move, and he wants to stay here for his children, but I feel so uncomfortable. I...Read more

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Early morning adventure with daughter proves insomnia can have a bright side

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It seems like everyone's having trouble sleeping these days. I'm no exception, and I'm now more familiar with the wee morning hours than I ever expected to be.

In the early days of quarantine, I found myself wishing for bedtime out of sheer boredom. I sometimes crawled into bed at 9 p.m., hoping for entertaining dreams to save me from the ...Read more

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Lori Borgman: It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a commercial!

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"Stop the show," a grandkid says. "I have to use the bathroom."

They are watching "Jeopardy." I don't know that they've ever seen "Jeopardy" but there are seeing it now and liking it, especially the 2-year old who seems taken with 17th Century Monarchs.

"We can't stop the show because this is television," a grown-up explains.

We are at a ...Read more

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Living with Children: Tantrum tips

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As just about everyone who has lived with a child for more than two years knows, the most potentially dangerous thing one can say to a toddler is "no." That single syllable strikes deep into the core of the reptilian portion of the toddler brain, arousing a reaction that dwarfs Godzilla's most destructive rampage.

"Should I simply ignore my 2-...Read more

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Lori Borgman: It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a commercial!

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"Stop the show," a grandkid says. "I have to use the bathroom."

They are watching "Jeopardy." I don't know that they've ever seen "Jeopardy" but there are seeing it now and liking it, especially the 2-year old who seems taken with 17th Century Monarchs.

"We can't stop the show because this is television," a grown-up explains.

We are at a ...Read more

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8 ways to make school-at-home lunches easier

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I love cooking - that's why I don't like packing school lunches. It's no fun making food that inevitably tastes subpar after hanging out in a brown bag for hours. Online schooling eliminates that issue but invites countless other mealtime problems, so I'm approaching "school lunch" the same way I always have: as a chore, not a joy. (And yes, I'm...Read more