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Today's Features

  •  One of the most common questions I hear from pet owners is what is the best way to train their dog or cat. They are often confused by questionable “dominance” or “pack leader” techniques popular on reality television. They’ve been bamboozled by apparent quick fixes and magical cures for often complex animal behaviors an onscreen personality miraculously manages to correct within a 30-minute show. I wish.

  •  By John Nelson

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    Off and on I’ve had to engage in the art of tough love. Now I know how it got its name! I’m just wondering whether it’s tougher on the receiver — or the sender.

    Tough love has been defined as “an expression used when someone treats another person harshly or sternly with the intent to help them in the long run.”

     

    Prunes Theory of Life

  • The end of summer means an empty house for many families. While parents may enjoy a break from the children, it may be a different story for our dogs. Here are some simple tips to help you make the transition from summer to school easier for your pet.

     

    Transition time

  • By Linda Arnold

    Life Columnist

    So, you’ve had a spat with your spouse.  Or, your boss came down on you.  Finally, your kids got on your very last nerve.

    The conversation may not have been pretty, and it’s over. Do you find yourself replaying it over and over in your mind, though? Thinking ‘bout other things you could have said. Wondering how they’re reacting. Wishing you could have been more forceful — or more tactful.

    Why do we do this to ourselves?  And, is there a way to stop?

  •  Late in the 17th century, a cultural group formed by early German-speaking immigrants, including Mennonites from Switzerland and Holland and the Amish, an offshoot of the Mennonites, began migrating from Europe to Pennsylvania. They tilled the land and built big barns and homes. Since then, they have come to be known as the Pennsylvania Dutch.

  •  At a recent food preservation class, the topic of blanching came up. The question: “Do you always have to blanch vegetables before freezing them?”

  •  Decision-making is, at once, the most difficult and the most liberating of all human activities. Even the most forthright and determined persons feel the unique suffering involved in making a choice. We all know each “yes” we pronounce commits us to a “no” as well. Every choice has a consequence.

  • Very often, when we officiate at weddings, Hubby Dear will offer a short message for bride, groom, and participants. He always gains their attention with this opening remark: “Love is a four-letter word.”You can imagine the straightened backs and curious glances as folks wonder what is coming next.

    It’s easy to understand the reaction to what might be considered a bizarre statement, especially one made in the context of a marriage ceremony.