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Kindness is Contagious: Unicorn stickers, kindness bring back good memories

Can you remember what you got for your seventh birthday? How about your eighth? Ninth? Maybe there’s one special present that stands out, but for me, it’s all pretty fuzzy. It’s not the big celebrations or occasions that I remember from my childhood. My brain chooses to hold onto ...

For letter, or worse

FARGO — I’ll never forget the day. In many ways, it was a day like many others. Blue sky. The sounds and smells of lawn-mowing in the distance. That slight crispness to the air that suggests cooler days are coming. But one thing set this day apart. It was the day that I received a truly ...

Minding Our Elders: Revealing dementia diagnosis largely up to the person

Dear Carol: My mom was diagnosed with an early stage of dementia. Unfortunately, she thinks that there’s still a strong stigma surrounding dementia and she doesn’t want her friends to know about her diagnosis. I understand and respect her feelings, but when I asked her if she’d tell them ...

Packed fall TV brings Julia Roberts, life after ‘Roseanne’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There's so much television to watch or pretend to watch — have you really followed all of wrenching "The Handmaid's Tale" or even heartwarming "This Is Us"? — the guru who coined the term "peak TV" is upping the ante. John Landgraf, the erudite chief executive of FX ...

From ‘Murphy Brown’ to le Carre, 6 new shows worth watching

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There's more new television to watch than is humanly possible. But everyone has to make a time-allocation decision in the end, and that's what we're here to help with. Consider the list below a tip sheet to get you going on the fall TV season. Each of the six shows has ...

ASK A DESIGNER: Creating a perfectly cozy place to read

We decorate our homes in order to enjoy them. For book lovers, adding a cozy and well-lit space dedicated to reading can be the perfect finishing touch. Most homes, of course, don't have a spare room for use as a library. But interior designers often carve out one section of a living room, ...

A dog’s life: fitness trackers help put fat pets on a diet

PRAGUE (AP) — When Czech entrepreneur Robert Hasek began jogging with his dog, Darwin, the three-mile runs were making the bull terrier sick with fatigue. Hasek was surprised, thinking his dog led a healthy lifestyle. To solve the mystery, he strapped a Fitbit to Darwin and discovered he ...

Driving Miss Baby: Swift’s confessions of a 14-year-old licensed driver

So my friend’s son is studying for his driver’s test. It’s quite a process, which seems to involve written tests, fees, waiting periods and various driver’s education classes. Like everything else, it seems a lot more complicated than it used to be. I am almost positive that I was ...

Kindness is Contagious:Parade made the day of 90-year-old veteran

Did you have a good summer? People ask each other that question all the time, but this time, I hope you’ll take a moment to think about it. What moments of your summer mattered? My guess is they were the ones that were filled with kindness. When we show up in people’s lives and notice ...

Minding Our Elders: Attorney can smooth path for families making legal plans

Dear Carol: My parents are in their 60s and have decided that they need to have their legal paperwork updated. I think that this is smart and my siblings agree. The problem is that my parents want to designate me as their power of attorney for both health care and financial decisions since I ...

Dueling pickups, popular SUV among new models coming in 2019

DETROIT (AP) — From new top-selling pickup trucks to an essential range extension for an electric car to the most popular SUV in the country, the 2019 model year for new vehicles has something for everyone. Fiat Chrysler's Ram brand and General Motors' Chevrolet will go at each other and ...

Don’t be afraid to test-drive your car salesperson

If you work with a good car salesperson, the shopping process can actually be fun and you'll be more confident you're getting a good deal . Unfortunately, most people think they have to stick with whichever salesperson latches onto them first, even if they begin to feel pressured, intimidated ...

Cars are cruising down the monthly subscription highway

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — If you already subscribe to digital services like Netflix to binge on TV shows and Spotify to groove to an endless mix of music, the auto industry might have a deal for you: Subscribe to your next car as well. Make that cars, plural. Some of these packages — which ...

Sales drop could be sign of peril for American muscle cars

DETROIT (AP) — Sales of new American muscle cars are falling, raising questions in Detroit and elsewhere about whether a nostalgic, high-horsepower cruising culture that dates to before the 1950s is in peril. Part of the drop can be blamed on the shift from cars to SUVs that began more than ...

Kindness is Contagious: Life is made in the margins

Life is often made in the margins. Those are the little segments of time on our calendars we don’t have planned. They are the 15 minutes before we need to be out the door to our kid’s soccer practice, the 30 minutes before our next meeting or, in the case of the woman who sent in the ...

Things I forgot about living with 2-year-olds

Oh, how I’d forgotten. It’s been years since my nieces and nephew were toddlers. But I’d somehow forgotten what it was like to be around a human being who is somewhere between 24 and 36 months of age. Oh sure, I’ve witnessed the occasional meltdown in the middle of Target. I ...

Minding Our Elders: Millennial caregiver overwhelmed with family obligations

Dear Carol: I’m not yet 30 and struggling with family caregiving. I work an entry-level job that barely pays my rent and student loan payment. I love my mom and grandma, but I hadn’t expected this responsibility so soon. Mom was taking care of Grandma, who’s had dementia for years, but ...

Know what to say when postpartum depression hits a loved one

NEW YORK (AP) — Gwyneth Paltrow, Chrissy Teigen, Adele: The charge to destigmatize postpartum depression has never before had so many high-profile sufferers willing to share their stories. Add Serena Williams to the list. The 23-time Grand Slam champion playing in the U.S. Open took to ...

Helping nature: Inducing labor avoids cesarean for some moms

Move over, Mother Nature. First-time moms at low risk of complications were less likely to need a cesarean delivery if labor was induced at 39 weeks instead of waiting for it to start on its own, a big study found. Their babies fared better, too. The results overturn the longtime view that ...

Homegrown hollywood: Maybe I’m enough, even if I’m overwhelmed

Lately, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed. I suppose it makes sense considering I’m growing another human inside me. As I like to tell my husband, Jason, he’d be tired too if he was working 60 hours a week while also making an eyeball. With an actual human baby on the way and so much to ...