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On Gardening: Bouquet dianthus reigns supreme for show and cut-flowers

This fall has been amazing for those of us who have been growing the Bouquet series of dianthus. The flower power of this dianthus is unmatched in the gardening world. I admit there was a little anxiety with the recent winter storm called Benji. Now Bouquet Purple was a Minnesota Select Perennial Plant of the Year, so we know it has excellent cold-hardiness.

Living

How to avoid buyer's remorse

You've dreamed about that new home and finally signed on the dotted line. But then the uncertainties creep in. Was it the right choice? Did I pay too much? Can I really make the payments?

Living

Fireworks ensue when past meets present in 'The Distance Home'

During the holiday season, many of us will be heading back to a place we think of as home. Orly Konig's debut novel shows us that no matter how many miles you've put between you and your formative experiences, they'll still beg for attention when you reach that heart-tugging, familiar turf – and maturity may not be enough to counter returning feelings of awkwardness.

Families

Ask Mr. Dad: There's a limit to limits

Dear Mr. Dad: Anytime the topic of discipline comes up, everyone talks about how important it is to set limits. I agree, but it's a lot easier to talk about it than to actually do it, especially when the kids (mine are 4 and 8) push back and challenge everything. How do you suggest we go from talking to doing?

Families

Ex-etiquette: How do I get him to see he favors his kids?

Q: My guy tells me he loves my kids, but I don't see it. He openly favors his own children to the point that this year he's buying his kids way better presents than he's buying mine. My kids won't know it because we don't have his kids for Christmas this year, but it's the principle of the thing. How do I get him to see he favors his kids? What's good ex-etiquette?

Families

Living with Children: Disappointed parents, need not be

Q: Our 18-year-old son made only slightly better than average grades in high school and finished in the top half of his graduating class. He could have done better, but has a history of underachievement which we explain as boredom. He managed to get into a second-tier state college but has decided after one semester (and as one might expect, mediocre grades) that he doesn't want to go back. In fact, he's telling us that he doesn't want to go to college at all. Instead, he wants to become a diesel mechanic. Needless to say, we're very disappointed, but also conflicted. His father is in favor of this new plan, but I'm inclined to tell him that we'll pay for college only and that he is going to have to figure out how to pay for anything else. What are your thoughts on this?

Families

Ana Veciana-Suarez: 'Tis the season to sing yourself happy

For me, nothing feels more festive, more Christmasy than the carols that blare from my car radio. At a time when the holiday has become sickingly commercial, when the reason for the season is about catching a good deal on Amazon, Yuletide songs remain the sincerest expression of good cheer and goodwill.

Families

Chris Erskine: Make it a December to remember

Took a life-expectancy survey on the internet the other day, entered my family history, lifestyle habits, current age, and the website predicted I would live to 83. Which means I have some 23 Christmases left. That's the good news. Or the bad news.

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