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Updated at 12:07 PM

The weather has been glorious lately and Iíve been spending many of my off-duty hours strolling the streets of my city. One thing that I keep noticing is how incredibly creative people can be when it comes to claiming a bit of open-air real estate. True, there are plenty of lovely large decks, expertly crafted by carpenters, and even a few full-blown outdoor living rooms, but I am even fonder of what I call ďpop-ups.Ē Easy to put together, a pop-up exterior space is a patio, porch, or private...

Updated at 10:12 AM

Late June in New England. Spring is just a wink in time. Still this far into the season, we eat strawberries shipped from somewhere else. They seduce us from the produce section, looking like piles of rubies in green jewel boxes. Home, cellophane...

Updated at 10:01 AM

Q: How do I soften marzipan almond candy dough?ó Shannon Patke, Columbus, OhioA: Just pinch it off in small pieces and knead it with your fingers.

Updated at 9:55 AM

Truth be told, my experience with grain alcohol ended where it began: Ohio University circa 1985.

Updated at 9:32 AM

There was a time when I was a kid when eggs came in two forms: White and brown. Because I perceived the brown eggs as being slightly bigger, I suspected that they did not actually come from chickens at all, but something bigger like ducks or geese,...

Updated Jun 28, 2016 at 10:24 AM

A professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Paula Fass has written a book, ďThe End of American Childhood: A History of Parenting from Life on the Frontier to the Managed Child,Ē in which she examines American childhood and parenting from...

Updated Jun 28, 2016 at 10:12 AM

We have heard more talk about immigrants and immigration policy this election season than any in memory, and the conversation has been highly charged. Since the issue is so prominent just now, it might be helpful to have a sketch of biblical...

Updated Jun 28, 2016 at 9:49 AM

Like a lot of other teenage girls, my first job was baby-sitting. Being a sitter provided my first real responsibility outside of my parentsí home and my first source of income.

Updated Jun 27, 2016 at 1:28 PM

Dear Dr. June: My boyfriend is smart and handsome but acts crazy if I speak to someone just to be friendly. My high school friends and I joke around when we see each other out at parties or church or just in general. I already told him that Iím not...

Updated Jun 27, 2016 at 10:44 AM

I recently read an article in Psychology Today that discussed the ďdumbing down of America,Ē something I have witnessed for quite some time. Believe me when I tell you I am not an intellectual snob, although I do love to be around individuals that...

Updated Jun 27, 2016 at 9:51 AM

So Iíve been thinking a lot lately about change. Probably because I just made a big one in my life and Iím crossing my fingers and toes that itís the right move, even though Iím pretty sure, deep down, that it is.

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