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Feb 15,2008
Well, we shipped the youngest back to college last weekend and have been enjoying the silence. There, I said it. I like being an empty nester. I love my kids, but I love my kid-free life, too. Now. Holiday breaks and summer vacations are wonderful reunions, when our three daughters and one son find their way home. But as my colleague Lisa found out, it throws us parents for a loop. Her son, a college ... [full story]
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Feb 15,2008
Q: I feel I have missed many opportunities in my life. I know I am too conservative and nervous and have always been afraid to meet new people. My husband usually led the way, but died in an auto accident when he was 52. Since then, nearly 10 years ago, I find myself being even more reclusive. How can I overcome this? A: We are all alike and don't realize others are not comfortable about ... [full story]
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Feb 15,2008
If you are one of the 37 million Americans who receive Social Security benefits, take a moment out today to remember the man who played such a towering role in running the program for so long - "Mr. Social Security," Bob Ball. Robert M. Ball, 93, an affable, self-effacing man, who kept working to strengthen the system right up to the end of his life, died recently at a Mitchellville, Md., retirement community just outside ... [full story]
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Feb 08,2008
Q: My husband and I have been happily married for more 39 years. Our granddaughter is getting married in June. Her parents divorced early on. Last week she asked us for advice on how to make her marriage successful. We asked for a little time to make a list, and we have done so. Do you have some tips we haven't included? A: The bottom line is, marriages work if the partners want it to. ... [full story]
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Feb 08,2008
As spring training begins once again, it might be informative to look at what baseball has evolved into during the past half-century. Once upon a time, baseball was child's play. Not only did we perform on sandlots carved out of open fields long before the advent of Astroturf, but even the major leaguers were really big kids. They were paid so poorly that they had to work during the off-season to support their families. Can ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
MOBILE, Ala. - You're in the Deep South when you can order sweet tea and the server knows exactly what you mean.   A HOTEL WITH HISTORY - The newly restored Battle House Hotel in downtown Mobile, Ala., once again exudes its lost elegance. CNS Photo courtesy of Mobile Convention & Visitors Bureau.    MOBILE MARDI GRAS - Riders toss 'throws' from a Mardi Gras float. Most people are surprised to learn that Mobile is the American home ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
ISLA MUJERES, Mexico - Nothing is more appealing on a short, cold winter day than the idea of a vacation to somewhere sunny and warm. My friends and I had decided on Cancun until we discovered a nearby tropical gem,   FIT FOR A FEAST - Isla Mujeres boasts a public market where freshly squeezed orange, tangerine and grapefruit juices are sold along with vegetables, meats and tortillas. CNS Photo by Lesley Sauls.    TURTLE TOWN - Children ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
American Forces Network radio chattered in the background as Pat Kell fed and dressed her four children in Japan the morning of Jan. 23, 1968. A month earlier, her husband - Chief Petty Officer James Kell - volunteered for a secret mission aboard a World War II cargo ship newly refitted with communications gear. The vessel deployed from Yokosuka, Japan, after a voyage from San Diego.   REMEMBERING THE PUEBLO - Rose Bucher, wife of Pueblo ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
Q: After having our dog examined because she had a lot of hair matted around her left eye, our veterinarian told us that our dog has an ulcer on her cornea. Although our veterinarian could not tell us what caused this problem originally, she thought that our dog might have scratched her cornea while running under our bushes. We are now worried that our dog might have to have her eye removed. If so, will ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
The wife had a feeling her husband was up to no good. On Valentine's Day, she hired James Gonzalez, private investigator, to follow him. Gonzalez trailed the husband from his real estate office to his first appointment - lunch with a woman, which might have been innocuous had he not tenderly given her a box containing jewelry. From there, the man headed for a second appointment - another meal, another woman, another gift.   PRIVATE LIES ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
The Jekyll Island Club Hotel in southeast Georgia is offering a romantic getaway this Valentine's Day that includes accommodations and dinner for two, available Feb. 10-14 at $249 per couple, per night. The Jekyll Island Club Hotel was once the exclusive turn-of-the-century winter retreat for   GEORGIA PEACH - Among the many properties offering Valentine's specials is the Jekyll Island Hotel in Georgia, a historic retreat that's been recently renovated. CNS Photo courtesy of Georgia Department ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
Q: My only grandson is now 23 and we do not get along well. We began to differ in most of our opinions several years ago. Recently I learned I have a major health problem, and now it's very important to me to bond with him. I don't want to approach him based on my health issue to solve our differences. In fact, I have not alerted any of my family of my doctor's opinion. ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
Do you ever get the impression that your doctor is rushing you through his examination while you still have a few more questions? Dr. Terrie Wurzbacher agrees with you. And she has just written a book about the problem called "Your Doctor Said What?"(Lifesucess Publishing), 8900 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Suite D240, Scottsdale, AZ 8522, e-mail. Wurzbacher, a retired Navy captain who spent 29 years as a doctor, says, "Patients feel rushed through the system. ... [full story]
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