When I was a young girl, something I especially enjoyed was the challenge of seeing how many gallons of milk I could turn into cheese, yogurt,…

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Dear Heloise: To track the growth of our puppy, we photograph him next to a teddy bear as a point of comparison once per month. This would wor…

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Dear Readers: The following letter comes from April A., in San Antonio. She runs a rescue group for stray dogs, and she’s seen animals in extr…

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The 100-day countdown unwound at last. You may remember the 100-link children’s paper chain we made earlier this summer. After the chains were…

Dear Readers: What's better than a late summer trip to the lake with your dog? Pack up the car, load the dog and off you go. But wait! Have yo…

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We are down to the last days of Mary’s stay. How we will all miss her once she’s gone back home to Ohio! After two months of having Mary here,…

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Dear Readers: The global COVID-19 pandemic has caused now-reopened businesses to rethink office space. What changes should be made, according …

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There is an old saying that has several variations, but it goes something like this: “Every Mama crow thinks her baby is the cutest.” I’ve smi…

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Little Joshua is doing well and is the center of attention. Everyone dotes over him. Yep, our long wait is over. It’s hard to believe that he …

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Dear Readers: It’s Aug. 1, known by dog lovers as DOGust 1st! It’s the day to celebrate shelter dogs. When you adopt a dog from a shelter, the…

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Dear Abby: I am a small business owner. My store has local (repeat) and one-time customers. The other day, while checking out, one of my local…

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Editor’s Note: Gloria will return next week. Blame me, I encourage Gloria to take some time off when there is a new arrival. As a Dad to a thr…

What a miracle. What complete innocence. I cannot wrap my feeble brain around it. Only God in His Sovereignty could design anything so perfect.

Yes, more toasty summer days, more water fun, and many happy hours with family pets. As I write, the latest pets are three kittens from a stra…

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These summer days really are pressing in. I forgot how muggy it could get in Southern Illinois! Thankfully, the children don’t seem to mind th…