April 12, 2016 RSS feed / Home & Family

IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO HEAL A CHILD

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho  W hen children are damaged by physical or sexual abuse, those who work at the North Idaho Children’s Advocacy Center are ready to help them heal.  More...

Fireman’s widow remains strong in new role as mom

LAINGSBURG, Mich.   Week-old Blake Rodeman is gurgling and fussing. Then, to make it totally clear that he’s hungry, he sucks his tiny fist.  More...

Forcing your shrubs to bloom — now

I don’t know about you, but I am more than ready for spring blossoms. My little bulbs like snowdrops are blooming already, but I want my magnolia, crabapples, forsythia and daphne to bloom, too. More...

At last ... the final military countdown

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

A year from now, my husband will retire from the Navy, so I have begun the emotional countdown of “lasts”: last deployment (thank you), last time I see him in uniform (tear), and so forth.  More...

A mother’s legacy

Dying Wisconsin woman leaves behind cards for daughter, inspires many

MCFARLAND, Wis.  O n Feb. 14, Brianna McManamy opened the first of her mother’s cards. It was a simple Valentine, decorated with red hearts. More...

Surprise, there’s no video of you

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

It was a not so dark and stormy night before Easter. A rash purchase, fueled by emotions and a day full of laundry (that will make sense later), had me lugging a box that was too big to be bagged out of Best Buy.  More...

Getting veggie garden ready

I talked to a gardening friend who has already started planting a few things in his vegetable garden. Not me. Despite a few warm sunny days, it is way too cold and wet in my garden to do much of anything. Seeds will rot in cold, wet soil. More...

Low inventory puts squeeze on home buyers

BOSTON Evan Wondolowski was ready to buy his first home more than a year ago. He offered 5 percent over the listing price of a small two-bedroom condominium in Jamaica Plain and started planning where the furniture would go in his new place. More...

The power of food

Former athlete says going vegan reversed his diabetes

ANN ARBOR, Mich. It’s been 30 years since Marc Ramirez was recruited to play football for the University of Michigan Wolverines. More...

How ‘family comes first’ to me

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

There is so much wrong with the Adam LaRoche situation that I don’t even know where to begin. More...

Growing tropical fruits in N.E.

Last fall in my weekly newspaper column, I commented that if I’d been a good boy all year, I hoped Santa would bring me a lemon or lime tree, one that would bear fruit indoors. More...

Five apps to help families stay in touch and on task

We hear a lot about families spending too much time distracted by digital devices. But screens do have some family-friendly benefits: New apps can help family members stay connected and coordinated. More...

Amputee’s own struggle leads to helping kids

SEYMOUR, Ind. Deciding to go through with an above-knee amputation was tough for Mike Couch. More...

Start pruning blueberries ... now’s a good time to do it

March is a good time to prune not just fruit trees, but also your blueberries. Blueberries here in New England are relatively slow growing, so they don’t need to be pruned every year. More...

Driving a ‘standard’ brings out the best

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

The learning-to-drive thing was going well for my 15-year-old son, Ford. He only had one close call with a lamp post, and he had quit stopping at green lights. More...

ARTISTS SPARK THEIR CREATIVITY OFF-THE-CLOCK

HANOVER, Pa. It was several decades ago, but Gettysburg native Bruce Cluck still remembers the hot summers spent hopping on his bike and riding over to Gettysburg Military Park. More...

Pizza ovens are hot item

LAS VEGAS   Pizza Hut is fine when you feel like going out. But pizza home is the newest trend, with pizza ovens designed for the kitchen or backyard.  More...

What we don’t tell new moms

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

Last week I shared with you my newest parenting adventure: riding in the backseat for my 15-year-old son Ford’s driver’s education check-ride. More...

Real bird food ... not the fishing worms

When I was a boy and saw robins hopping around on the lawn when it was still frozen and partially snow-covered, my first impulse was to go buy some fishing worms and put them out. More...

Food fight!

Competition grows to bring dinner right to your door

NEW YORK Meal-kit companies have exploded in the past four years, shipping boxes of raw meat, seafood, fresh vegetables and other ingredients to busy city folk who want to skip the supermarket and still cook at home. More...