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Got flu? (access required)

This new year hails an epic flu virus that has rendered even the sturdiest among us into sniveling, snotty, shivering blobs of goo. I should know. I have faced this demon personally...

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First wheels (access required)

After months of begging and pleading—and yes, even a few tears—I finally broke down and went car shopping with my daughter. I knew she would break me sooner or later...

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Resolution solution (access required)

My New Year’s resolution was to improve my posture—stand up straighter, shoulders back, head held high. This was no small pledge to make as I have been a sloucher for many years...

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Les Miserables (access required)

Honestly, I was a little bored with the movie. That may be because I saw it at the end of a long Christmas Day and was tired to begin with. Or it might be because there’s only a handful of spoken lines, and the rest is all singing...

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Dead hamster etiquette (access required)

A recent article in Central Penn Parent helped families deal with the loss of a pet. It made me stop and remember the first pet that we lost in our household, Snowball the Hamster ("Snowy" to his close friends)...

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Get your finances back to basics this year (access required)

I like the clean slate that accompanies a new year. But it’s hard to feel like the slate is truly wiped clean when you’re staring at December bills you pushed to January, or newly increased credit card balances thanks to a month or more of gift-giving and goodwill. It’s time to get back to basics...

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Coping with the loss of a pet (access required)

When my son, Ezra, was 2, we got him a beautiful golden retriever puppy for Christmas. Ezra named him "Clifford" (after the cartoon, Clifford the Big Red Dog). But sadly we only got to spend seven years with Clifford. Ezra had to learn early on how to deal with loss...

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Managing money— whether you have it or not (access required)

Depending on who you ask, the economy has been receding or faltering for the better part of the last four years. As of Nov. 30, the official unemployment rate was 7.7 percent, or about 12 million people out of work. As the recession drags on and people are digging into their savings and putting more and more on credit cards, making and sticking to a budget is hard...

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Make a winter white wreath (access required)

When the Christmahanakwanzika season ends, it always seems a bit sad to pack away all of the twinkling lights and other decorations until next year. Try replacing your holiday wreath with a winter white wreath to banish away the winter blues...

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