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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.

My husband is taking my pain medication

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

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.

Attending two weddings would be too costly

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

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.

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.