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MARCH FAMILY: With tips on choosing a summer camp for your child, how to make spring break a family volunteer outing and must-ask questions for every vet visit
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IN GOOD FAITH: Lent Madness: The saintly smackdown! - Now that Bourbon Street has been hosed down after another raucous Mardi Gras celebration, Christians throughout the world turn their attention to the penitential season of Lent. Let’s face it, Lent gets a pretty bad rap. Most people either think of monks walking around in sackcloth and ashes engaged in self-flagellation or a bunch of chocolate-deprived church goers looking dour and depressed. But grim is not a spiritual virtue and here’s a little secret: joy is allowed even during this season of repentance and self-reflection. After all, what could be more joyful than a season specifically set aside to grow closer to God? By The Rev. Tim Schenck, GHNS.
VALENTINE’S NUMBERS: The cost of love - Think you can’t put a price on love? Your wallet may beg to differ. Valentine’s Day and all that it takes to woo a loved one – flowers, fine dining, chocolates and jewelry– doesn’t come cheap. By Eryn Carlson, The Patriot Ledger.
HERBS: Unusual herbs to grow in your spring garden - You're already growing sweet basil, dill, and mint. Your parsley and cilantro are always abundant in your garden. Yet, for some strange reason, you want to kick it up a notch. You've mastered the basics and you want to grow some herbs with exotic flavor and international intrigue. I've chosen six herbs that will rock your world. These are temperate-climate herbs that are suitable to grow in North America, although transplanting times and growing seasons vary by region. Are you ready to grow an even more fragrant garden? Are you excited to introduce new flavors to your cooking? Let's get started. By Chaya Kurtz, Networx.
LOST IN SUBURBIA: The case of the missing candy - I’m the last person in the world to consider throwing out candy. Even if it falls on the floor and the dog licks it, I would seriously weigh the pros and cons of popping it in my mouth. However, by the time Valentine’s Day rolls around, even I realize it’s probably time to toss the Halloween candy in the can. The problem, is, you don’t usually find expiration dates on candy. It’s really up to you to decide if the candy is past its “use by” date. Sometimes it’s not that hard. When the dark chocolate starts to turn white, I take that as a sign that it’s time to chuck it. But there is other candy that seems to defy the aging process, and you don’t really know whether to chuck or not to chuck. By Tracy Beckerman, GHNS.
DR MURRAY FEINGOLD: Adults, too, guilty of electronic gadget overuse - A great deal has been written about the effect that the high-tech revolution has had on children. A major concern is that they spend too much time with their various electronic gadgets. If they are not texting to one of their friends, they are reading about their buddies on Facebook. By Dr. Murray Feingold, MetroWest, Mass.
DR JEFF HERSH: Can a 'nuchal cord' choke a fetus? - Q: My granddaughter was born with her umbilical cord around her neck. Luckily she is OK, but could she have choked from this? By Dr. Jeff Hersh, MetroWest, Mass.
DOWN TO EARTH: Going green at school and beyond - Students interested in a major in the environmental field have numerous options available to them, many of which were non-existent a few years ago. By Anne Mazar, Framingham, MA. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/x1522321848/Down-to-Earth-Going-green-at-school-and-beyond
HILLIBISH: It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without... - My family anticipated ice cream pie on Valentine’s Day. By Jim Hillibish, Canton, OH. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/x1433783095/It-wouldn-t-be-Valentine-s-Day-without
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BOOK NOTES: From Russia, with grim love - Dip into these short stories with humility. And stay open. Russian author Ludmilla Petrushevskaya’s 17 stories collected under the heading of “love,” are liable to expand if not revise an American’s understanding of love; of life, even. These short, contemporary stories of late- and post-Soviet Russia are a wonder of candor, brevity and assertion. By Rae Francoeur, Cape Ann, Mass.
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GRANLUND CARTOON: Asteroids and nukes. By Dave Granlund, GHNS.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Gov. Bobby Jindal and the GOP. By Dave Granlund, GHNS.
LICCAR CARTOON: Cupid and arrow restrictions. By Joe Liccar, Independence, Mo.
MICHELLE TEHEUX: Spreading my shopping around - For most of human history, we were hunter-gatherers. I think I'm still one, minus the hunter part. By Michelle Teheux, Pekin, Ill.
EDITORIAL: Obama’s America, from ‘stronger’ to strong? - "It’s the economy, stupid.” Editorial, Peoria, IL. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/x1037510213/Editorial-Obama-s-America-from-stronger-to-strong
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DAVE RAMSEY: More than just a problem - Weekly financial Q-and-A, with advice on credit card debt, and getting out of a whole life policy. By Dave Ramsey, GHNS.
DEAR MONTY: Evaluating a new housing idea pays big dividends - Reader question: Hi, Monty, My spouse and I live in a rental home that the current owners want to sell to us. They floated an idea in which they become the "lender," sell us the home and we make payments to them. Is this a dumb idea? Is this possible with the real estate laws? If it can be done, should it be done? Thanks for your time. By Richard Montgomery, GHNS.
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