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July 22, 2018

Q Our son committed a felony 2½ years ago. It was a horrific shock and he has been receiving the best possible treatment. It was not a crime against people.

Since that time, our other children (with one exception) will not allow us to have their children at our home unless they are…


Short Answers, July 22

July 22, 2018

HEY, THAT’S NO WAY TO SAY “HELLO”

Dear Short Answers: I recently sent out invitations for a dinner party that I was planning, and I just didn’t feel like getting into the hassle of everybody’s ridiculous dietary restrictions these days. So I included a note…


Children's 'issues' don't excuse their bad behavior

July 22, 2018

I call it “psychological thinking,” referring to the tendency among parents of the last 50 years or so to attribute bad behavior on the part of a child to so-called “issues” that are thought to be causing emotional tensions of one sort or another. That is, in fact, precisely…


Be wary of these five landscape trees

July 21, 2018

Not all trees are created equal. While most trees that cover our landscapes provide us with aesthetic and ecological benefits, there are a few that probably do not belong here. Some trees can be invasive, some are insect and disease prone, and others may not grow well in our eastern North Carolina…