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The History and Mystery of Popular Wishing Customs

As the Disney song from “Pinocchio” goes, “When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.” While most people recognize wishes are not magically granted, the process is a wonderful way to identify the objects of your hopes and dreams. Here are a few ways, beyond wishing on that first glowing star of the […]

Be a More Playful Parent

Be a More Playful Parent

Parenting is serious business, and it can be overwhelming at times. It can also be a whole lot of fun if you find ways to sneak some play into your day. You don’t have to shirk grown-up responsibilities or make a fool of yourself (not that there’s anything wrong with that) to become a more […]

Growing Up Online: The Pros and Cons of Anonymous Social Media

Growing Up Online: The Pros and Cons of Anonymous Social Media

Keeping secrets is part of growing up. Deciding what you’ll tell people about yourself—and others—is one way children develop an understanding of privacy and trust. With Facebook and other forms of public social media, nothing is secret. Even young children now know that comments or photos become part of a person’s “permanent record.” And that’s […]

Breakfast In Bed

Breakfast In Bed

One of my fondest mom memories is of my 7-year-old daughter and her still toddling brother standing at the bedroom doorway with a half-spilled bowl of cereal balanced on a cookie sheet covered in dandelions. Their eyes were sparkling with pride as they delivered my surprise breakfast. It was as if they were presenting me […]

Engaged Couples Should Talk Before They Walk

A recent poll by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) revealed that 68 percent of respondents held negative attitudes toward discussing money with their fiancé, with five percent indicating the discussion would cause them to call off the wedding. “It is telling that two people who intend to spend the rest of their lives […]

Why Am I So Messy?! The Truth Behind Clutter and What You Can Do to Clean Up Your Act

Why Am I So Messy?! The Truth Behind Clutter and What You Can Do to Clean Up Your Act

Twelve years ago, Deb Williams was a completely different person. Living it up in a corporate job in Fargo, she was surrounded by piles of paperwork, mounds of mess, and a desk she could barely see. It made doing her job difficult. “My job required answering the phone and helping people locate information. Time after […]

Firearm Safety at Home: Keeping You and Your Loved Ones Safe

Firearm Safety at Home: Keeping You and Your Loved Ones Safe

*Author Disclaimer: This is an article about firearms safety—not gun control. Some may argue the two are intrinsically linked, others may see defining lines between them. This article is meant to be a tool to help you safely handle and store firearms in your home, if you choose to have them. Share your thoughts with […]

Give Yourself the Gift of Presence This Holiday Season

Thanksgiving is over, Black Friday has come and gone, and the beginning of the holiday season is upon us. I love the holiday season. Bing, Andy, and Nat serenading me with the Christmas songs that shape my memories. Christmas decorations adding a warm glow to the cold, dark December nights. Holiday movies, like old friends, […]

Holiday Time = Family Time = Picture Time

Holiday Time = Family Time = Picture Time

We’ve all seen those family Christmas pictures where Uncle Fred stuck his finger in front of the lens or Aunt Sally lopped off three of your cousins’ heads. Just because you’re not a professional doesn’t mean you don’t care how your photographic family keepsakes look. Here are some tips from a few area photographers to […]

Growing Up Online: Training Wheels for New Cell Phone Users

If your child is one of the lucky kids getting a new cell phone during the holidays, now is the time to think about the rules that should go along with it. Kids need to understand from the get-go that having a phone is a privilege and, like all privileges, comes with responsibilities. Family contracts that […]

You’re Retired? How to Volunteer Overseas

Remember when you were young and idealistic and wanted to make a difference in the world? Now that you’re retired, you have your chance. Baby boomers and members of the Silent Generation are flocking overseas to take part in volunteer vacations. You’ll be in good company if you head abroad to volunteer. Those ages 65 […]

Connect Through the Magic of Storytelling

Connect Through the Magic of Storytelling

“Why do you have a badger skin?” inquired my 6-year-old nephew. My family, along with a small group of other adults and children, formed a semicircle in the shadowy quiet of a reconstructed Indian encampment earth lodge at a children’s nature center. Christine Freeman, an employee, had been guiding us through the lifestyle of the Kanza Indians, […]

Are You a Lousy Tenant?

According to the National Multi Housing Council, 32 percent of Americans are renters. Locally, those numbers are higher. Based on the 2010 census, 42 percent of the people in Cass and Clay counties are renters. If you’ve been a great tenant, you’ll reap the benefits. But if you have a blemished past, you could face everything […]

4 Tips for Planning a Meaningful Retirement

A commercial on television the other day caught my attention. It was from AARP, and it showed different people who looked to be in their early 60s in different aspects of daily life. When the camera focused on them they would say things like, “When I grow up, I want to own a bookstore,” or […]

Celebrating and Thanking Veterans

Celebrating and Thanking Veterans

“Every time I’m thanked, it makes every second of military service I gave meaningful,” says Devlon “Jamie” Olson of West Fargo, N.D. Olson comes from a long line of veterans and says it feels wonderful to be thanked for his service. He served four years in the U.S. Navy as a Petty Officer and was […]