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Good mom/bad mom

I saw a preview for the new movie "Bad Moms." Starring millennial beauty Mila Kunis, and Generation X stars Kristen Bell, Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Kathryn Hahn the movie shows the pressure of the mommy brigade to make a bubble of protection, a perfect life, for the commons ...

We’re going to get into your head

May is Mental Health Month. On Thursday's Opinion page, Sen. Harkin set out a number of ways Congress has tried to help make mental health care better. He pointed out that every American is affected by mental illness in some way, whether they have an illness, or have a family member, friend, ...

April showers

It rained, and it rained and it rained. This weekend will be nice and rainy. The farmers need it, sure. The rain has become dangerous in Houston with flooding all over the largest urban area in the United States. The rain makes things muddy, moves indoors our fresh air plans, and keeps us on ...

We’re sent here on a mission

As I wrote in my DNA column a few months ago, I found out some information about myself, which most people take for granted. First, who was my biological father? Answer: an eleventh grader at the time of my birth, who did care about my also-sixteen-year-old birth mother and probably did about ...

Is it camping season yet?

As the weather warms, I get more and more excited for camping season! The enjoyment of the great outdoors, the relaxation of afternoon naps and the smell of grilled steaks.Growing up near Decorah, my family was and still are avid campers. Ever since I can remember, every summer we would go ...

I guess that’s why they call it the blues

Saturday is the day each year we're asked to go blue for autism awareness. The day is sponsored by the organization Autism Speaks. I usually do go blue, even though I don't agree with every part of Autism Speaks, most notably the fact that until recently, they haven't had a member of their ...

Much to celebrate in March

March is among the favorite months in our house. Spring is coming, and often there are a number of warm days punctuating the wet, windy ones. We start walking the dog again, and we have a reprieve between the birthdays of the older kids and the April fete for the youngest one. Then, of course, ...

Love is respect: teen domestic violence awareness month

This year, nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide will be physical abused by a dating partner, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in ten high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.Only ...

Each love story is unique

Last week, I interviewed five couples for a Valentine's Day story. Each couple, while they shared some common qualities, had a different kind of love. I enjoyed the interview immensely and found something to learn from each couple.We are searching for love and we all find it in different ways. ...

February – a month to have a heart

I don't usually get a night out for Valentine's Day. Generally it's a night in at our house with little fanfare. We used to call it Amateur Night for those couples who just had to get out for a Valentine's date.One of my favorite Valentine's days my senior year of high school when, with those ...