Q: I’m already dreading the holidays. Our 8-year-old is a very excitable child and our family is expected to attend numerous holiday get-togethers at the homes of family members. When he’s included in events where there’s lots of excitement and anticipation in the air, he has a reputation fo…

After a week of Thanksgiving and surviving the mayhem of Black Friday, I thought it would be good on this Sunday to take account and share some personal favorites when it comes to the world of music.

I love discussions that question the human mind and our thought processes. We all have had questions asked of us such as “What super power would you most want to have” or “If you could see any singer or band in concert, who would it be?” For the record, if I could have any super power, it wo…

The myth of the first three years has it that whatever habits, traits, dysfunctions and so on that a child develops during this admittedly formative period are going to stay with him for life.

Q: Our 7-year-old son recently stole two small model cars from a playmate while he was at the playmate’s house. Apparently, he wanted to trade one of his toys for the two cars, but the playmate refused, so he stole them. When we found them, he claimed his friend had given them to him. We abs…

The Portal. It sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, the gateway to an alternative universe that lures, then traps the unwary in its nefarious web of illusion, where things are never what they seem.

I recently came across an interesting story about Dionne Warwick and how she became known to the world by that particular name.

Q: Actually, I have two questions, but I have a feeling there’s only one answer. (1) If a bee is flying around at only a few miles per hour in a car that is traveling 55 mph, why is he not pinned against the back window? (2) We are on the Earth traveling at about 700 mph at our latitude beca…

Q: My normally happy 6-year-old son has recently started incorporating death and war-like games into his imaginative play. He isn’t and has never been a mean-spirited child, but his dad and I just divorced (amicably), and I feel like he’s having trouble dealing with it. For example, he has s…

We’ve been dealing with this “nine” thing in prices, such as 29 cents instead of 30 cents, and gas being $2.499 instead of $2.50. You never have four pennies for exact change, so you almost always get a penny back. Meanwhile, they don’t make a coin for one-tenths of a penny, so getting exact…

Question: Why is it that the price of a gallon of gasoline has 0.009, or nine-tenths, of a cent added on? It’s like they think that people don’t know that it’s really another cent! (Asked by a curious penny saver.)

“What do you do when your baby cries?” I asked the 20-something new mom who was already feeling overwhelmed and beginning to slip into post-partum depression. Her mother-in-law had suggested she talk to someone and recommended yours truly.

Question: I enjoy the C.P.S. (Curious Postscript) at the end of your columns. Please do a column on the C.P.S. Thank you! (An anonymous request from cyberspace.)

Q: Our 9-year-old son, Bobby, is very intelligent and capable of doing good work in school when he wants to, but he is generally just downright lazy. As a result, he makes mediocre grades and we have to monitor his homework to make sure he does it. Even then, 30 minutes of homework takes him…

Deep in the belly of many internet comment threads you will sometimes see the letters “tl:dr.” Birthed on the web in 2002, these initials simply mean “too long: didn’t read.” In other words, either my time is limited or my attention span is too short to read the entire article or thread or t…

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