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May 25,2007
Q: How will we know when it is the right time to put our old dog to sleep? She is nearly 14 years old. She has a lot of trouble getting around and recently has lost control of her bladder. However, she appears to be happy and we cannot tell that she is experiencing any pain. We all get depressed when we think or talk about our dog's eventual death, but we know that she ... [full story]
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May 25,2007
So, you have abandoned the crowded, noisy and, yes, dangerous, big city for your retirement paradise in the bucolic countryside far from the madding crowd. Your paradise is not only quieter, cleaner and safer - but it's cheaper, much cheaper. What's not to like? Well, here is one man's story of his trip to paradise. Let's hope it is not yours. I could very well title this piece, "What the experts didn't tell me." You ... [full story]
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May 25,2007
Summers at Deer Valley in Park City, Utah, mean outdoor concerts, mountain biking, hiking and scenic chairlift rides, with low rates easy to find. Guests who book overnight stays through Deer Valley's central reservations receive one free chairlift ride on the Silver Lake Express for everybody in the traveling party. The summer chairlift operation is open daily June 14 through Labor Day, weekends only in September, weather and conditions permitting.   FREE RIDE - All visitors ... [full story]
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May 25,2007
Banks loan more money than its borrowers can repay; and they know it. Conversely, consumers borrow more money than they can repay; but they generally don’t know it.  Why, you might ask, do banks loan money to people without the capacity to repay?  Why do they blanket the post office with pre-approved credit cards?  Why do they indiscriminately loan money to unemployed high school students, debt-ridden college students, bankrupt adults, and indebted seniors living on ... [full story]
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May 18,2007
Q: Since our family has just become first-time horse owners, we are very concerned about how to care for our new family member. Although we have read everything that we can about the care of our horse, we still have jitters. We are concerned about our horse getting colic because all that we have read indicates that this is a common problem. Our reading also indicates that this is a serious ailment requiring immediate veterinary ... [full story]
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May 18,2007
For Boston visitors who want to tour its historic streets and see the city from a vantage point on the Charles River, the Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel offers its Just Ducky package. Included is a Boston Duck Tour, conducted aboard an authentic, renovated World War II amphibious landing vehicle called a duck. The conDucktor provides little-known facts and interesting insights about Boston, but the highlight has to be the splashdown, when the duck rolls into ... [full story]
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May 18,2007
YANGON, Myanmar - The Shwedagon Pagoda sits on a hill above the city of Yangon like a gigantic Hershey's kiss. The pagoda, however, is not wrapped in tinfoil. It is sheathed in gold and tipped with a 76 carat diamond.   WRAPPED IN GOLD - The golden tower in the center of Shwedagon Pagoda is shaped like a Hershey's kiss. The pagoda, however, is not wrapped in tinfoil. CNS photo by Robert Ragaini.     HOME ON THE SEA ... [full story]
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May 18,2007
Some travelers never leave cities like London and Paris. Urban culture and sophistication are all they want. Others sample the cities then retreat to the countryside for a wander.   FRANCE BY BARGE - The Adrienne is an all-suite, 12-passenger barge cruiser with a crew of six. A one-week cruise of about 100 miles snakes through canals and locks from the Upper Loire to Nemours. CNS photo by Ruth Hill.    DELIGHTFUL DINING - The Adrienne's chef, Jacques ... [full story]
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May 18,2007
Since the Fourth of July falls in the middle of the week this year, a great way to continue celebrating the national holiday is to attend the 144th Annual Gettysburg Battle Re-enactment on the 6th, 7th and 8th.   BEGIN THE BATTLE - The 144th Annual Gettysburg Battle Re-enactment will be held on July 6, 7 and 8, staged by a private group of organizers, the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee. Photo by Paul S. Witt.    THE FANS' FAVORITE ... [full story]
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May 18,2007
For generations, archaeologists believed that Stone Age gender roles split neatly in two, like a well-struck piece of flint: Paleolithic males were hunters of woolly mammoths and other daunting prey. Females stayed behind. They cared for the kids, or maybe gathered seeds and berries.   MOTHERS OF INVENTION - Female figurines at the San Diego Museum of Man are replicas of carvings unearthed in Europe that are estimated to be 6,000 to 25,000 years old. CNS ... [full story]
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May 18,2007
For Maxwell Smart, everything suddenly became a rattlesnake as he hopped over a stick, danced around a log and watched closely where he gingerly placed his oversized front paws.   GETTING RATTLED - Lamb Chop, a 1-year-old cocker spaniel, recoils from the jolt of an electronic collar after approaching a neutralized rattlesnake during training. CNS Photo by Eduardo Contreras.     PET PERIL - Taking your dog for a hike this spring? Live in an area with rattlesnakes? If ... [full story]
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May 18,2007
Contemplating contemplative prayer can make one cry out for mercy. The term has consistent connotations among Roman Catholics, who are mainly responsible for the practice's revival in recent years. In that tradition, it's a mystical method of prayer aimed at bringing one closer to God, a practice that is accessible to lay people as well as monastics.   BUILDING INTIMACY - Donna Nelson spends a moment in contemplative prayer at Holy Family Convent. She is one ... [full story]
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May 18,2007
Six-year-old Emma Varness loves making labels. Her closet is filled with small plastic tubs marked "puzzles," "dress up," "blankets," "treasures" and "artwork." Even her blue piggy bank has a label across its nose.   EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE - Emma Varness, 6, hangs up her coat and backpack after coming home from school. Having an area for shoes and coats near the door makes it more likely those items will get hung up, says organizational guru ... [full story]
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