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Easter, the best joke of all time

Tomorrow, Christians find themselves perched on the pinnacle of their cyclical Church Year. As author John Irving’s fictional Owen Meany proclaims, “Any fool can feel like a Christian at Christmas. But Easter is the main event.”

Boy nasty to his stepfather

My sister, Shelly, has two kids — a 10-year-old boy from her previous marriage and a two-year-old girl from her current one.

Adolescent looking for a ‘normal’ life

My wife and I are very strict with our 12-year-old son, “Jonathan.” He has normal adolescent issues, but he really is a great kid — well-mannered, hardworking, gets good grades, etc.

A close look at Microsoft’s Internet Explorer

In case you had not noticed, Microsoft unleashed Internet Explorer 8 onto the cyber world this month, which brought with it some good news and bad.

A good Samaritan story

This is a good Samaritan story with a modern twist. What if you help someone who really, really needs it, and what if you don’t know when to stop helping.

Predictions on fishing season up in the air

Other obligations prevented my attendance out West for the opening day of trout season, so out Beau and I went the next day.

Orchids not difficult to grow

Orchids have the reputation of being a hard-to-grow-plant, one that only the greenest of thumbs should attempt. This is not true. It depends on the type of orchid as to how it survives in an average house.

Marrriage shouldn't begin with secrets

I have a wonderful boyfriend I’ll call “Ray.” We have a lot in common and are very happy together. Though we have not committed to anything permanent, we both want marriage and have discussed it.

Boost your immunity

If you have found yourself to be getting sick often this winter, here are some natural solutions for keeping a strong immunity. There are lots of nasty ‘bugs’ still floating around. As the snow melts, then arrives the airborne molds.

Empathy training begins young

Many parents have questions about instilling an attitude of caring in their children.When so much of a parent’s time revolves around caring for the needs of a child and making sure the child is happy, some children start to develop the attitude: “it’s all about me.”