MY LIFE - Christmas crunch

Crunch time is upon us. Christmas is now seriously breathing down my neck and it is time to get serious about preparing for it. As I speak, freshly scrubbed soup pots are lined up on my kitchen... more

THE RECIPE BOX - Date Nut Cake is a Christmas tradition

LINCOLN - This recipe for Holiday Date Nut Cake is originally from the kitchen of Elvira Martha (Laruenzo) Coia, the maternal grandmother of Robyn Canavan. A little lady, her grandchildren called her... more

REEL LIFE WITH JANE - 'The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies' opens this week

That time has arrived, my friends. "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies" arrives in theaters this week, bringing a conclusion to the "Hobbit" trilogy, which is a prequel to the "Lord of the Rings"... more

TRADITIONAL PARENTING - Punch your 'ticket' to a well behaved child

Q: I've been trying for two months with little to no success to get your "ticket" system to work on my 4-year-old daughter. The target behaviors are: ignoring me when I tell her to do something and... more

SMART MOVES - The delicate art of counteroffers

A machinist and his homemaker wife, both in their early 40s, had long been planning to sell their fully renovated Craftsman-style house to build a bigger, custom place on a rustic country lot. But... more