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On Gardening: Sombrero coneflowers ablaze in dazzling colors

Something wonderful has happened in the world of purple coneflowers and that is science to the point it would probably even impress an astrophysicist. The science here, however, is with the selections, the breeding, crosses, and backcrosses, stuff that makes a rusty horticulturist like myself amazed and a little envious that I wasn't part of the project.

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Parents @ Play: ‘Round and ‘round we go

Whether it's sports, vehicles, or just the circle of life, we can't get enough of round things – wheels, balls, etc. Here are a few fun games that get you and your family on a delightful roll toward having fun together.

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Living with Children: Let’s revisit ‘psychological thinking’

I call it "psychological thinking," referring to the tendency among parents of the last fifty years or so to attribute bad behavior on the part of a child to so-called "issues" that are thought to be causing emotional tensions of one sort or another. That is, in fact, precisely what my graduate school professors taught; to wit, that misbehavior was nothing more than a symptom of such tension, and for that reason, punishment would only make matters worse.

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Ex-etiquette: How to handle manipulative ex’s bad-mouthing

Q: My ex had an affair and we divorced as a result. It was humiliating when he married the woman, and not long after I met her ex for coffee. We married a year later. So, essentially, we've traded partners. My ex is incredibly manipulative and has bad-mouthed me so badly that my husband's middle school-age daughters will not even come to visit. He's made it look like we were the ones who had the affair and the girls despise me. I try to be accepting and do special things for them on their birthdays and around the holidays, but it doesn't seem to matter. Should I continue? What's good ex-etiquette?

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July is National Hot Dog month, try this remix

Taco Tuesday remix: Switch up your summer barbecue with a hot-dog taco bar! Yup, hot dogs and tacos are even more delicious when you combine them. Simply grill up dogs, and warm corn or flour tortillas in foil (we like Reynolds Wrap Grill Foil) right on the grates.

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His musical movements jazz up the thrill ride

Michael Giacchino has won Oscar, Emmy and Grammy statuettes throughout his career, but there's one brag-worthy feat that likely won't be found on his resume: The composer has the ability to ride roller coasters nearly a dozen times back to back without getting motion sickness.

Looking for another safe place to walk? If so, here's an option in East Alabama

There's a new walking trail in the East Alabama community of Crawford. The paved, 1/4 mile asphalt track is next to the Dollar General store in Crawford. There are plans to add benches and fencing around the track, which is surrounded by Pecan trees.