Question: When watching TV the other day, the announcer said this would be the singer’s “swan song.” What is a swan song? The song had nothing about swans in it. (Asked by a curious music lover.)

I recently received a paean to my generation — the so-called “boomers” — that has been circulating on the internet for some time now. It recalls and celebrates the freedom we enjoyed as children and the personal responsibility our parents enforced upon us — concerning the latter, much to our…

So, I broke down and bought a new car. My 2020 Hyundai Ioniq is my new life partner. She gets 59 miles to the gallon, comes with a nice sound system and I can see a long future of happiness. I named her Alanis. “Isn’t it Ioniq, don’t ya think?”

One of my books, “Making the ‘Terrible’ Twos Terrific!”, has recently become a best-seller in China, of all places. Seriously! What sorts of problems are Chinese parents having with their toddlers? The same problems American, French, Russian, Australian, Nigerian, Brazilian, Czech and parent…

“As he embarks on his hero’s journey, he reminisces about the actual records, the music, and the people he listened with – old girlfriends, high school pals, and, most poignantly, his father and his young son.”

I recently received a paean to my generation — the so-called “boomers” — that’s been circulating on the internet for some time now. It’s a celebration of the freedom we enjoyed as children and the personal responsibility our parents enforced upon us — concerning the latter, much to our frequ…

Being in the entertainment industry for the past five-plus years, I guess you can say I have grown comfortable in most of the spectrum of being in the limelight. I am now used to being on stage, dealing with the personalities and egos that I come across and even the occasional superfan or gr…

Question: I would appreciate it if you could address the following questions in your column. We are being invaded by hooded skunks. What is their native habitat? Do they have any natural enemies? Are they able to mate with striped skunks, and if so, what traits would be dominant? (Submitted …

Q: When my 2-year-old gets angry, he sometimes gets down and bangs his head on the floor. This happens two or three times a week, generally speaking. He’s not bruised himself, yet, but I don’t know how long that’s going to last. To make matters worse, I’ve made the mistake of reading about v…

I recently took part in one of those online exercises where I counted how many states I have physically been in. The total was 38 of the 50, and of course every state is different and beautiful in their own way. Some I can’t wait to go back to, and some, well let’s just say my favorite part …

I have long maintained that the significant per-capita increase in child and adolescent mental health problems since the 1960s — a 10-fold increase in suicide, for example — is because of the collective embrace of a parenting paradigm that has proven itself to be not only dysfunctional but a…

Question: I love sweet (iced) tea and order it every time I go out to eat. My problem is that I cannot tolerate caffeine after the early afternoon if I want to sleep at night. Why do restaurants offer the choice of regular or decaf coffee, but not regular or decaf tea? (Asked by a concerned …

The heart is basically a pump that keeps our blood circulating — a vital organ. Yet, we associate emotions with the heart as well, usually the “lovey-dovey” kind (think of Valentine’s Day).

“There’s no one-size-fits-all model of childrearing for all the world’s parents,” opines Alma Gottlieb, Professor Emerita of Anthropology at the University of Illinois. Gottlieb was quoted in an online article reporting actress Kristen Bell’s revelation that her 5-year-old daughter is “still…

As many of you know, I live in the booming metropolis that is Etowah, North Carolina. We have just more than 6,000 people and I happen to live next door to the town dentist. Known to everyone around here as “Doc,” Doc is a fantastic neighbor to have. He is very handy, always up for some fasc…

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