Weather or Not

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The light is different now, so I feel we’ve turned a corner on blizzards and icy roads. Winter is a season we take seriously in the Midwest. Wind chill is included when talking about temperature: Fifteen degrees, but feels like minus three with the wind chill factor . . .

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Taking Comfort in Comfort Foods

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It’s no wonder we gain weight in winter. In the Midwest, the snow whips up frantically, the cold is painful. Reading on the couch wrapped up in the afghan seems like a good way to pass a Sunday afternoon. And what sounds good for dinner?

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On Reading Your Kids’ Blog

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A friend of mine found out that her college-age daughter had a new boyfriend by reading her updated Facebook page. The mom was surprised and a little hurt. Why hadn’t she been told? The daughter was angry. “You’re not supposed to read that, mother! It’s not for you.” This was the daughter’s own young-person’s life, out there on the internet for all the world to see – except, apparently, her mother.

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The Key to a Good Marriage: Yes, Dear

Loving mature couple walking at water's edge on a beach

Last year my husband and I went on vacation with two other couples. We rented a house on a tropical island, ate at great restaurants, walked on the beach. Sometimes two or three of us drove off to explore, others sat by the pool. We read books, drank mojitos, watched the sunset, played Scrabble. At the end of the trip, we congratulated ourselves on how well we all got along, how easy it was to be in each other’s company.

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