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Ahhhhh Christmas. A time for peace, harmony, and brotherly love. So, why do our children keep fighting?

With all of the rain this fall many farmers have been harvesting in wetter field conditions than they would normally like. This has resulted in quite a few fields showing ruts. The instinct is to return to the field and fix these through aggressive tillage. This is not recommended. The ruts …

A five-hour car trip, three cranky children fighting over the movie, and a bowl of cranberries threatening to spill at every turn — no wonder Thanksgiving morning feels more like a gauntlet than a holiday. Add stress from crazy traffic and any spirit of thankfulness seems miles away. How do …

“What makes a good parent?” From the moment the test strip turns blue, most parents wrestle with this question. We are naturally wired to sacrifice, care, and fight for our children. We all want to give the absolute best to our children. The question comes in defining “the best.”

“Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.” — Oprah Winfrey.

You know that callous you get from biting your tongue when teaching a teen to drive? Yeah — I’ve got that. As I venture into the terrifying pursuit of teaching my child how to use wisely one of the deadliest weapons known to man, I’m reminded of the difficulty all parents face in teaching ou…

It’s been a while coming. My husband left four years ago, but he only recently filed for divorce. On the one hand, it’s nice for legality to catch up to reality. On the other, for my children who have been living in limbo, this concrete finish reopens deep wounds. And, adds new pain. So, lik…

“I have found that there ain’t no surer way to find out if you like people than to travel with them.” Mark Twain.

"'Abolish ICE!' is the new rallying cry for progressive Democrats," reports NBC News's Alex Seitz-Wald. It's "a radical idea and one that was confined to the fringes just months ago," but one that "left-wing insurgents can use to differentiate themselves from more established rivals in Democ…

“The principles of living greatly include the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and trial with humility.” Thomas Monsoon.

“Gridlock is great,” wrote the late William Safire. “My motto is, ‘Don’t just do something. Stand there.’”

The Nobel committee will presumably be disappointed, but President Donald Trump's summit with North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un should stay canceled.

I have a system to organize life. A system that works wonderfully when I have the time to use it. I don’t know about other parents, but, for me, May ushers a season of frenzy. School commitments gear up for the final push as summer commitments begin. Add graduations, year-end school programs…

For several weeks now, my dormant Facebook account, which has a decade of cobwebs on it, has been pushing emails telling me to “let Ed know you’re thinking about him.” Long inured to these reminders of the fake community of Facebook, I ignored all these notices.

During my recent two-month stay in Chicago, I rarely watched television news. Normally, I am a news junkie. I constantly watch MSNBC, CNN, FOX, C-Span, BBC and other network or cable news programs. I also review print news and online stories on a daily basis.

Yesterday my daughter brought me the first dandelion of the summer. A sure signal that the best time of the year has come. Now that the warm weather has finally arrived — it’s time to hit the playground or head out on the open road for fun and adventure. As families get ready for summer, a f…

“I promise to buy you a Coke.” Those were the deal-maker words my father used. As the daughter of a pastor, our family was part of the genteel poor. My highly educated parents interacted with people across the economic spectrum but lived within a modest budget. So, Cokes were a rare treat. O…

A recent crisis for our neighbor has turned into an opportunity for my daughter — and a teachable moment for mom. In January, our neighbor fell, severely injuring her ankle. Living in the country while unable to drive wasn’t an option. So she moved into town with her mother, leaving behind h…

The scene from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida is one we have seen far too often: terrified students fleeing a school, parents frantically searching for their children, law enforcement swarming a campus. While our immediate concern is for those directly involved in …

President Donald Trump dismissed Secretary of Veterans Affairs David J. Shulkin last week because he resisted plans to privatize VA medical services, according to Shulkin.

This March 21 — national Kick Butts Day — hundreds of Indiana youth in more than 30 events stood up and spoke out to fight big tobacco. As organizations that work across the Hoosier life-span, The Boys and Girls Club stands with these young activists to say that smoking remains a public heal…

Gardeners may want to try starting seeds indoors in order to get a head start on Mother Nature. This allows you to control the environment in which plants get started and you avoid the chance of it being too wet/dry/cold/hot. Plus you won’t have to worry about mice and other animals eating y…

You have surely heard recent stories about plastic trash in the oceans. Yearly, we dump eight to ten million tons of plastic into the ocean.

For avid horticulturalists, the start of the New Year often inspires thoughts of next year’s growing season.

As is the norm during the transition of years, let’s see what has happened this year with the environment. In a word: fail, one step forward, but many giant steps back. And as we are stand on the precipice of climate disaster, we can’t afford any more turnarounds.

Considering a change in 2018? Good for you! Let’s throw some fuel on that little fire and set some goals to where you want to go. Every journey, big and small, needs a map, so let’s get S.M.A.R.T.

As parents, we want to give our children the best. Looking forward to a new year opens opportunity to set goals. As people make resolutions to lose weight or go for a better job, are there resolutions that would bring something better for our children? A few habits can make all the difference.

I’ve received a couple of questions about Christmas cactus. These are interesting plants and, when properly managed, can provide extensive colorful blooms around the holidays.

Last week a long desired gift came to my house; solar panels were finally installed. I’ve coveted them for a quite a while, generally feeling they were either not sensible or a luxury. Today, they are both practical and reasonable. And today, they are lighting my home.

I felt my heart sink as my son said, “I was supposed to put all those letters in the big blue box, right?” The look on my face cued my son that he made the wrong choice—which turned him from excited assistant to feeling miserable. He plunged into what we call “the failure pit.” That deep pla…

It’s time for the Merry Fitness Gift guide! Let’s get to it!

Red and green may be the traditional colors of the upcoming holidays, but eco-friendly green is the best way to celebrate while protecting the delicate resources of our earth. Here are a few ideas to enjoy the season without a feeling of guilt.

Each fall I am asked by homeowners, “I missed the August to September window to seed a turf area, when can I take care of this?”

With Thanksgiving feasts in the rear-view mirror, the season of shopping begins in earnest. ABC News reports that Americans will spend an average of $700 each on holiday gifts and goodies. As parents prepare to spend their share on their families — a few cautions help ensure the thrill keeps…

Holiday chatter can get pretty dicey even without politics or religion, but why should climate change be an off-limits topic? If not now, when? Climate discussion is not a political issue, even though it has been made to seem so. In reality, doesn’t everyone care about the future for ourselv…

Many yards and gardens can benefit from the application of compost. Compost adds nutrients and organic matter to the soil, reduces the amount of waste entering landfills, and provides a convenient way to dispose of yard and household waste.

The human body is an amazing thing. To imagine the millions of physiological events that are happening right now, just so you can read this sentence, is staggering. It’s easy to take it for granted. With this, as we enjoy this season of Thanksgiving, allow me to highlight a few things by bod…

Some may think of November as falling leaves, cold weather and Thanksgiving, but we green-minded people think “recycle” to celebrate America Recycles Day on Nov. 15. It’s a reminder to everyone of the need to protect the planet by using AND reusing our resources wisely.

With the onset of cold weather, wildlife often try to find their way into the warmer environment of residences. While most of us enjoy and appreciate wildlife, this usually ends when we hear something scratching in our attic or basement. Here are some tips to help keep wildlife from sharing …

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