How to banish those gray hairs

Roughly one in five Americans uses hair dye to enhance their looks or hide gray hair. But concerns about gray hair and looking older are not exclusive to the United States. The trouble with gray hair – and especially hair close to the temples — is that such hair tends to be more coarse and more resistant to absorbing hair color than other hair. It can be difficult to […]

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Guidelines make visits fun for new parents

DEAR ABBY: We’re proud parents of a new baby girl. She’s adorable, and we feel lucky and blessed. Although having a new baby is an exciting, magical time, it is also very stressful. Sleep deprivation, difficulty with breast-feeding, plus endless visits and phone calls can wear any new parent thin. Also, if Mom had an […]

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5 tips to keep pet hair messes at bay

Pets offer families many things, including love and companionship. But people who prefer especially furry pets often find these animals leave behind significant amounts of fur on carpets, clothing and furniture. Shedded hair can be a pitfall of pet ownership. Some animals shed a little, while others seem to leave behind patches of fur that may be […]

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Potluck’s Back — Let’s Eat!

Call it a sign of the times or just plain good luck for those of us yearning to swap fast food fare for some tasty home cooking. Potluck gatherings are back and one of this year’s hottest trends in entertaining. Although these communal “luck of the pot” meals (where everyone brings their favorite dish) hearken […]

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New twist on spring and Easter decorating

Eggs are symbolic of Easter. They’re colored, decorated, hidden, and used in decorative items for the home. The one caveat to eggs is that they are quite fragile, and even hard-boiled eggs can be rendered useless with one accidental drop or blow. Instead of relying on breakable eggs for Easter fun, consider making stronger ones instead. Symbolic of […]

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Medical wake-up call prompts questions

DEAR ABBY: I have been married almost four years. Recently I had some medical problems that were my wake-up call. I’m fine now, but I no longer am willing to wait for “someday.” I decided to try some new hobbies, one of which is skydiving. I had said for years I’d never do it because […]

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Expert tips for keeping kids’ smiles healthy, even through the spring candy rush

In terms of candy consumption volume, the Easter holiday is second only to Halloween. While baskets full of chocolates and candies can seem like a child’s dream come true, parents may cringe at the prospect of their little ones’ mouths filled with so much sugar. The American Dental Association recognizes that early childhood cavities are a significant […]

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Creating a Delicious Party Together — Tips to Newlyweds on Entertaining With Ease

Part of the fun of getting married and establishing a home together is sharing your new life — and showing off all your exciting wedding presents — with friends and family. Hosting parties and get-togethers is part of a typical rite of passage for newlyweds, and like any new venture, can lead to some anxiety. […]

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Friends hope grandma allows adoption

DEAR ABBY: I’m 62 and own my own home. I have legal guardianship of my eldest grandson, who is 5. Another grandchild is 2 1/2 and in foster care. I would like to keep both children together because I have been told in the long run it is better so they won’t lose contact with […]

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Healthy meals made fast

Busy families are increasingly looking to free up time in their busy schedules. While certain shortcuts can make daily life more manageable, families sometimes pay too steep a price in their efforts to save time. Such is the case at the dinner table, where nutrition is often sacrificed at the expense of convenience. But quick […]

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Politics: Continuing education — on the job

CHICAGO — It’s the time of the year when you can’t throw a rock without hitting a parent or a teenager bragging about college acceptance letters. You’re far less likely to hear about the plans of students who really have no desire to go to college and aren’t sure what the world might have in […]

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