“Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am stuck in the middle with you.” — Stealers Wheel

Per the old Chinese saying, “May you live in interesting times,” it may be that the most interesting of times are those when people do not want to hear the truth — as in the present, or so it would seem.

So, it’s happening. My kids are getting ready for online classes, and all extra assistance and tutoring will be done by yours truly. Along with the Abbeville Opera House director of entertainment, the host of my new “Mike on the Mic” radio show coming to WZLA 92.9, part-time comic, columnist…

If you’re like me, you keep an emergency pandemic playlist always at the ready. And, unfortunately, there’s never been a more appropriate time to maintain social distancing while still finding solace in melody and lyrics. As you process the seriousness of our present situation, music can eas…

Blaise Pascal (1623–62) said there is no idea so bizarre that a philosopher has not advanced it. These days, the philosophers in question are psychologists and the bizarre ideas are their explanations of human behavior. Said explanations are bizarre because (trust me on this, I am one) psych…

I’ve learned a new word! My daughter informs me that according to some mothers I am guilty of “mom-shaming” and should be ashamed of myself. I am an unashamed mom-shamer because I happen to believe that just as there is one proper way to go about training a dog (of any species), there is one…

With just under two weeks remaining until the official start of spring, I thought this would be a good time to share with you a few playlist suggestions you may want to add to your spring 2020 music compilations. I am sharing these suggestions directly from the set list for “Kashmir,” the ba…

Q: We homeschooled our son through the sixth grade. This past fall, per his wishes, we sent him to a public school for the seventh grade. Last week, he was attacked by the class bully. This other child pushed our son to the ground, called him vile names and threatened him with further bullyi…

Q: Our daughter, our first and only, is just short of 3 1/2. She has recently started coming into our room in the middle of the night and making a request of one sort or another. She wants one of us to accompany her to the bathroom, get her a drink of water, listen to something she’s thought…

Every now and then, I like to take the time to thank the persons who help make the Curiosity Corner available for my readers. After writing a CC, I send it to Megan Price, head of University Relations and Publications at Lander University. Then, staff writer Graham Duncan reads and edits the…

This is the second in a series of three columns on the Biggest Mistakes Parents Make (and How to Stop Making Them!). Last week, I identified giving children explanations for parental instructions, giving children lots of choices, putting wonderful relationship with one’s kids at the top of o…

From time to time, someone will come up to me and say, “Hey, I beat my husband…at the music trivia you put in the Sunday paper.” So, let’s give you another round and see how you fare this time. Answers are at the bottom and as always, no wagering.

One of the “secrets” to a happy, healthy emotional life is to identify one’s bad, nonproductive habits and replace them with habits — slowly built — that are functional. That same principle is of the essence when it comes to a parenting life that is satisfying.

One of the best ways for your kids to cash flow their college education (yes, it’s totally possible) is by applying for scholarships. But the scholarship search can be an overwhelming and time-consuming process, especially for high schoolers who are already trying to balance school, extracur…

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