Julia Child used to say that you can judge the quality of a restaurant by its roast chicken.
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Hogwarts is Here ( www.hogwartsishere.com ), a website created by Potter superfans, is offering a full catalog of “Ministry-approved” online classes for aspiring wizards and witches.
Dear Abby: I have been married to a wonderful man for 30 years. Our marriage may not be perfect, but it’s quite good.
Voices of Faith: How does one banish bad thoughts?
“You OK, Dad?”
Dear Abby: My 83-year-old mother has decided she wants to die. She says she’s miserable, but I think she’s causing her own misery. She has medications to address her physical ailments — none of which are critical. My siblings live in other states. Mom feels it’s a “burden” for them to travel to see her, and she refuses to travel.
Dear Abby: It has been a year since my mother passed away. The month of February was especially tough because it was the month of her birthday and also the month in which she died.
Growing up in Burley, Idaho, on a small farm with a large garden, Camille Wells discovered the healing powers of working in dirt. Especially during her high school days, she grew accustomed to having a garden sanctuary — a place to go to take her mind off everything else.
The other night I slept on a twin bed in the guest room of the house I share with my husband and our two kids. We have a comfortable, firm king-size bed in our master bedroom, but my husband was sick and gross, so rather than hop in the sack with him, I decided to quietly slip down the hallway and sleep alone.
For shorebirds traveling from South America to the Arctic, Grays Harbor is the perfect vacation destination. The Harbor’s prime location and mudflats make it an ideal place for weary birds to eat and rest their wings before continuing their flight. And they do, every year around this time.
Carleen Gulke’s 7-year-old triplets are excited for the newest addition to their family.
Through the years, newspapers in Grays Harbor have covered innumerable odd, strange and just plain silly stories involving members of the animal kingdom. Here is a handful of tales that were covered by the local press and told in the inimitable writing style of the early correspondents.
De ar Abby: I’m a 14-year-old girl with a problem. Because of my buzzed short hair, slim hips and flat chest, I frequently get mistaken for a boy. It really bothers me because, despite my haircut and body shape, I have a feminine face and I wear women’s clothes and makeup. I’m not too much of a tomboy.
The question was, “Who will do all the stuff that needs to be done, if/when I can’t do it (and there’s no family)?” And it seemed to me that the “stuff” came down to three things: