delivers up-to-the-minute news and information on the latest top stories, weather, entertainment, politics and more. Sat, 01 Mar 2014 06:34:25 +0000 Travel and Adventure: Un-Cruise Adventures takes passengers on voyage through history Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:37:47 +0000 Creators Syndicate
If sailing through U.S. history sounds appealing, check out the latest offering from Un-Cruise Adventures — weeklong voyages along the Columbia and Snake rivers. Un-Cruise, which is best known for trips to Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico's Sea of Cortez, has inaugurated voyages based in Portland, Ore., that blend river sailings with stops for hiking, city exploring and museum-going. They are designed for travelers who want to explore and become engrossed in [...]]]>
Travel and Adventure: Why take a cruise? Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:28:56 +0000 Creators Syndicate
I love cruises. I have cruised the Arctic Circle, the Australian Gold Coast, the Baltic Sea, the Mediterranean and even crossed the Atlantic twice. My shortest cruise was five days (Greek Isles), the longest 27 nights — a Celebrity cruise from San Diego through the Panama Canal that ended in England.
And I have friends who would love to cruise if only they could talk their spouses into it. Some reluctant ones think they'd be bored floating on [...]]]>
A League of Her Own: Real moments are not scripted Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:28:59 +0000 By Heather Harris More Content Now I was excited to watch Gracie Gold try for a medal in figure skating and interested to see how my fellow New Hampshirite, skier Bode Miller, would fare at his fifth Olympic games.
This year, however, complications with my appendix had me in the hospital during the Olympics. I'm embarrassed to say it, but I pretty much slept through the entire games.
While I enjoyed what little action I did see, I was less than impressed with some of [...]]]>
Lost in Suburbia: That’s why they call it the blues Wed, 26 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Tracy Beckerman More Content Now It wasn't that my jeans were too small or too big, they were just old and out of style. Or maybe my body had changed and the jeans that used to fit right were now too low and gave me a muffin top, or too baggy and looked like clown pants, or too high and looked like (shudder) mom jeans.
Whatever the reason, [...]]]>
Ask Dr. Norm: It’s a dog’s teeth’s world Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:52:14 +0000 By Dr. Norm Stillman More Content Now Dear Molly,
Thanks for your question. February is National Pet Dental Health Month, so it's very appropriate. You specifically asked about your dog, but in this case everything I'll tell you will apply equally to a cat as well.
I do encourage folks to brush their pets' teeth, but there's more than one way to try to promote good dental health and prevent the onset of dental decay and periodontal disease. As I'm sure you [...]]]>
Dr. Elaine Heffner: Teaching kids the best way Tue, 25 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Dr. Elaine Heffner More Content Now The feeling that "I want it my way" or "my way is the right way" is often a source of conflict between parents or [...]]]> Family Time: Gadgets and great outdoors can co-exist Tue, 25 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 Advancements in technology over the last decade have children spending more time with gadgets and gizmos and less time enjoying the great outdoors. In fact, kids are now indoors up to 10 hours a day, according to the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. But kids' increasing use of technology and opportunities to appreciate Mother Nature do not have to be mutually exclusive.
A new National Wildlife Federation report shows that kids' media habits can both positively and negatively [...]]]>
A League of Her Own: Season on the brink Thu, 20 Feb 2014 12:02:11 +0000 By Heather Gillis Harris More Content Now I coached my son Dexter's third-grade basketball team. Ten boys filled out the roster: Dex, Patrick, Owen, Teddy, Zach, Collin, Ryan, Grady, Leo and Daniel.
Prior to the first practice I researched drills online, attended a coach's clinic and asked the local high school varsity boys coach for some tips.
"Wine," he offered. "That and have fun."
During that first practice I realized a few [...]]]>
Bullying Bulletin Board: Can technological solutions fix technological bullying? Tue, 18 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Dr. Elizabeth Englander More Content Now Dr. Elaine Heffner: Children and compromise Tue, 18 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Dr. Elaine Heffner More Content Now Aside from the physical care needed by young children, emotional interactions with children [...]]]> Food for Thought: Gift them with spices Tue, 18 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By More Content Now If you struggle finding just the right wedding present for friends and family who are getting married, you're not alone. You want a gift that is personal, unique and, above all else, something they will actually use.
Many newlyweds need to build their kitchen supplies, plus with the foodie trend still going strong, you can't go wrong with food- and cooking-themed gifts.
Instead of gifting a blender or new pots and pans, think outside the gift box and create a basket of [...]]]>
Family Time: How to pick the right college Tue, 18 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 Selecting the right college means not only choosing where you'll live for the next four years, but finding the best fit for your personality, interests and your family's financial situation. It's often one of the biggest decisions many teens have ever faced.
If you're considering several colleges, the best way to compare them is to make a list of the things that are most important to you and see how each school stacks up. You might include proximity to home, athletics or [...]]]>
Family Matters: Infusing your family with love, today and every day Fri, 14 Feb 2014 09:36:59 +0000 By Diana Boggia More Content Now Recognizing each small, thoughtful gesture or quiet innuendo will nurture lasting relationships, build trust and assurances and open communication for an amazing family bond. Make the commitment to celebrate the ones you love for more [...]]]> Lost in Suburbia: I do not know you, Sam-I-Am Wed, 12 Feb 2014 09:35:19 +0000 By Tracy Beckerman More Content Now "No." I said honestly. And then I walked away.
My thought was, anyone who wanted that kind of recognition from someone they didn't know either had his own fan club or a warrant out for his arrest.
The day this happened, we were at a family funeral and I was a little surprised that I didn't know who the guy was. By the time you're in your late 40s, you figure you've met most of your not-too-distant [...]]]>
Dr. Jeff Hersh: ‘Coffee spots’ could be a sign of neurofibromatosis Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:53:25 +0000 By Dr. Jeff Hersh More Content Now A: From your description it sounds like your pediatrician noted café-au-lait spots and suspects neurofibromatosis (NF), so that is what I will discuss in today's column. Please verify with your pediatrician that this is the correct diagnosis. NF is a disorder that can cause [...]]]> Debbie Gitner & Linda Sullivan: Caring for an older disabled child Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:41:51 +0000 By Debbie Gitner and Linda Sullivan More Content Now A: There are two concerns: Financial/legal and resources for your son. The first step is meeting with an elder law attorney who has a specialty in disability law. Once you have the legal and financial [...]]]> Dr. Murray Feingold: Updating words of condolence Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:33:28 +0000 By Dr. Murray Feingold More Content Now I have noticed at funerals that some people have difficulty expressing their feelings to the family of the deceased. This leads them to utter one of the many standard expressions of grief such as, "I'm sorry for your loss." There is nothing wrong with this expression [...]]]> Dear Michael: Going bald — time to buzz? Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:04:44 +0000 By Michael Serode More Content Now I am an older gentleman with the balding genes. My young man's full head of blondish hair combed in the Princeton style has thinned out and now the hair has receded on my forehead, and I have that bald pate in the back. I still have some hair on the very tip top, and sides are full and hair low on the back of the head is thick. My dad used to do the comb over by dropping his part lower each year ... which I thought looked hideous. My son, who has inherited an even worse case of [...]]]> Family Time: Start early for good oral health habits Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:51:20 +0000 You may wonder whether it's important to take care of your child's first teeth, which will fall out in early childhood. However, healthy adult teeth start with healthy teeth during childhood. That's why starting infants off with good oral care can help protect their teeth for decades to come.
A baby's 20 primary teeth are already present in the jaw at birth. Baby teeth that begin coming through the gums around 6 months help set the stage for future smiles by keeping space [...]]]>
Ask Dr. Norm: Mixed breed or pure? Fri, 07 Feb 2014 14:01:29 +0000 By Dr. Norm Stillman More Content Now Dear Claudine, that's an interesting and very common question. I'm glad you asked it. Let's begin by defining our terms. When we refer to a purebred dog or cat we're implying that the pet is a representative of a certain breed, such as the Cocker Spaniel dog, or the Siamese cat. This means that the pet's parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc. were also representatives of the same breed. We're [...]]]>