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Use caution taking herbs during term of pregnancy

Many women ask me about the safety of using herbs during pregnancy. This is a tricky question. Some herbs are very helpful to pregnant women. Others must be used with great care or only at certain times in the pregnancy. And then there are the herbs that need to be avoided throughout the pregnancy.

What to do when your child does something embarrassing

Most parents have had the odd embarrassing experience in public with children saying or behaving in unexpected ways.

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Rude relatives moved in on 90-year-old neighbour

My next-door neighbor, “Tillie,” is in her 90s. She is able-bodied, but her mind is slowly slipping. We had a great relationship until she allowed her nephew, his wife, their son and the son’s girlfriend to move in.

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Be wary of right hand drive vehicles

The first time one went by while we were collecting traffic data, I thought the car was being driven by a large dog. The second time, it looked at first like nobody was driving. And the third time, the driver didn’t have a steering wheel but the passenger did!

The ladies of the sitcoms

Life really is all about choices.

Stepfather mentally abusing children

Dear Annie: My best friend, “Jayne,” is also my former sister-in-law. She and my brother divorced several years ago.

Now’s the time to take science seriously

Looking at the enormous changes the world has experienced over the past century, it’s clear that the most powerful force shaping our lives and society was not politics or economics but science when applied by business, the pharmaceutical and medical industries, and the military.

Gambling is a sure thing: we lose

The closest I get to gambling is rolling up the rim of my Tims. And yes, I’m invited with true patriot polite fashion, to PLEASE PLAY AGAIN/REESSAYEZ S.V.P.

A better-smelling vinegar spray

I love your vinegar and water kitchen spray and use it all the time. But, my husband strongly objects to the vinegar smell.

Men and the art of motorcycle madness

They come out in the spring. You see them everywhere. Buzzing around, bothering everyone in sight. No I’m not talking about mosquitoes. Or real estate agents. I’m talking about a fairly recent and entirely regrettable phenomenon: I’m talking about middle-aged men in leather pants.

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Suspension threatened over cellphones

My child is in the fifth grade. She is a well-behaved girl and an excellent student.

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Gold digger after cancer patient’s money

My friend “Joe” is dying of cancer. He can be helped if he gets chemo, but he’s fallen in love with a woman who wants to marry him only to get his money.

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Stop right there! Don’t move a thing

If you should find yourself with a blank afternoon, I have found the perfect way to waste it.

Memory upgrades inexpensive

One of the single, cheapest upgrades a computer user can make today is a memory upgrade.

Spring taking sweet time arriving

After a winter like this, when the computer insists that March 20th is the vernal equinox, believe it or not, you just have to head west to meet the first signs of spring. At the Penhold Bridge the ice is stolid and solid on the Red Deer River, snowmobile tracks still sharply engraved on its deep snow cover.

It takes time to care for plants

Gardens should not be stagnant. They are living creations that change on their own and need to be physically controlled or guided.

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We’ve given up on our son

My husband and I have been married for 21 years, and for most of them I have been a stay-at-home mom. We are honest, supportive, hardworking people. Despite all our efforts, my handsome, intelligent, athletic 18-year-old son is on the path to self-destruction.

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Husband unwilling to have sex

Dear Annie: I married “Eddie” after getting pregnant at 18. We have two children and have been together for 32 years. For the past 20, we have not slept in the same bed. It began when Eddie started falling asleep on the sofa watching TV. Then he simply began going to bed on the couch.

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Food for thought at traffic conference

Maybe you are one of the people that helped to make Edmonton’s March 16 to 18 International Conference on Urban Traffic Safety possible.

The five ways formula

Can a business increase sales 10 per cent, keep expenses constant and still see a significant increase in profits?