Columnists

Think it through before adopting a pet

Once children reach the age of six or seven, pets come on their radar screens in a big way.

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I’m married to a monster

I have been married for over 15 years and have two children. Our son has a severe disability and I stay home to care for him.

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My husband is taking my pain medication

My health is not as good as it used to be and I am in chronic pain.

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Animals deserve kind treatment

Temple Grandin is well known as someone who “sticks her neck out,” to support the humanitarian treatment of animals.

Not the perfect storm

Our Icelandic ram Tuffi has a set of curved horns that would make a mountain sheep weep with envy.

A little off the top but don’t trim the outdoors banter

The Internet and emails can take a man back, bring others forward and inspire dark thoughts of the wild barberian as an endangered species.

Meticulous care for elms

Elm trees were once one of the hardwood trees that dominated the East Coast of North America.

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Attending two weddings would be too costly

My two sisters live in different states. They have daughters who are getting married three weeks apart.

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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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