October 20, 2015 RSS feed / Home & Family

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An extra-spooky Halloween is just a glue gun away

Want to display your Halloween spirit right at the front door? These nine do-it-yourself projects are simple enough to be done by kids with an adult’s help, and use easy-to-find supplies. More...

The draft: Don’t worry, your daughters are still safe

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

If the words “Selective Service System” don’t ring a bell for you, it might be because you’re female. Maybe you have all daughters, too. More...

Warm up your butternut soup with Indian seasonings

Creamy, comforting, earthy, warming, silky and gorgeous. Butternut squash — and many other winter squashes — cozy right up to traditional Indian flavors. More...

Northeastern gives 25 percent tuition break to parents, siblings

BOSTON   Come to campus for the family weekend festivities, stay for a graduate degree.  More...

Most states in U.S. show increase in high school graduation rates

WASHINGTON   High school graduation rates for most states continue to improve, according to preliminary data released Monday by the Obama administration.  The majority of states also are showing gains for black and Hispanic students.  More...

People of faith flock to Utah for religion gathering

SALT LAKE CITY   Visitors from 80 countries and 50 different religions have arrived in Salt Lake City to attend an interfaith conference being held in the United States for the first time since 1993.  The Salt Lake Tribune reports the Parli More...

A scary good chocolate cupcake gets dressed up mummy-style

If you have kids, chances are pretty good you'll find yourself needing to bake something for a Halloween event. Or maybe you got invited to an adult Halloween party and you volunteered to bring a dessert. More...

Pruning trees & shrubs

By now you may have your garden put to bed, raked the leaves and planted spring bulbs. I haven’t, but don’t gloat if you have – there is still work to do. More...

Was my 17-year marriage ready for self-checkout?

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

Dustin and I have been together for a very long time. During that time, Dustin has asked me many questions: Scented or unscented? White or wheat? More...

Orphaned Korean sisters reunited decades later working on same floor of same Florida hospital

SARASOTA, FLA.   Two orphaned sisters separated decades ago in Korea have been reunited after miraculously getting hired on the same floor of a southwest Florida hospital.  More...

Missionaries of Charity ends adoption services in India

KOLKATA, India   The Missionaries of Charity, the Roman Catholic order founded by Mother Teresa, has decided to close its adoption services in India after the country amended its rules to make single parents eligible to adopt.  The religiou More...

The underwater classroom

Students in Hawaii get a first-hand look at life beneath the surface

LIHUE, Hawaii   For the first time in her life, Trinity Aenavrahan, a seventh-grader at Pu’ukumu School in Kilauea, laid eyes on a pregnant male seahorse.  It wasn’t printed in a book, or displayed on a Smart Board. More...

Planting flower bulbs

After a long winter like this past one, I am always grateful for my spring bulbs. Many of them pop up and bloom on schedule, no matter how cold and snowy the winter was. More...

The basement: A time capsule of memories

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

We have never lived anywhere long enough to need to do a deep clean. And when I say “deep clean,” I’m talking about throw-out-broken furniture-and-bags-ofold clothes type of deep clean.  More...

It’s the season for black and orange ... and now you can find it in a salad

Rice salads are a summertime staple, perfect for picnics and al fresco dining. It just makes delicious sense. They are versatile, unfussy and can be served warm, room temp or chilled. More...

Bullying prevention leader in Indiana co-authors booklets

ELKHART, IND.   The way we treat people matters.  That’s the lesson Mary Yoder Holsopple, bullying prevention coordinator for Elkhart Community Schools, hopes students and staff take away from her work.  More...

Family drives 13,000 miles to meet Pope

PHILADELPHIA   Pope Francis met Sunday with a family who made a 13,000-mile trip over 194 days from Argentina to Philadelphia in an old Volkswagen van.  Francis spent time with fellow Argentinians Catire Walker and Noel Zemborain and their More...

Fall garden chores

I love writing this weekly column. I do it 52 weeks of the year, and have been writing it since the fall of 1998 when I wrote my first column about putting the garden to bed. More...

Military recruiter list: Opt in or out?

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

In the stack of back-toschool papers that came home on the first week of school lay a sheet of paper that took my breath away. I had expected it, yes, and even waited for it. Still, I was unprepared.  More...

Foliage tracker launched in N.H.

CONCORD, N.H. More...