GRANDPARENTINGBY TOM AND DEE AND COUSIN KEYDear Grandparenting: I like to stay active. I have always been a swimmer and picked up the habit of manual labor growing up on a farm. God has been good. I am going on 75 and people say I look 60! I am the grandmother of seven. I live near a city with a professional basketball team. My girlfriend mentioned she heard saw the team was having tryouts for senior dancers to entertain the fans. I applied and was accepted. We get out t...

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Unraveling the mystery of the Common Core

In recent weeks, the public debate about the Common Core has reached a crescendo. Unfortunately, much of the discussion has occurred in the political arena where intelligent discourse takes a back seat to political rhetoric. As a result, people with an interest in learning more about what it all means must try to wade through the chaff. I hope I can provide some clarity to the issue.Let’s begin by addressing some of the political propaganda that has been inserted into the deb...

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Living With Children

By John K RosemondI recently came across a 1951 article my late mother saved from the Charleston S.C. News and Courier. Titled “Agency Offers Pointers on How Parents Can Guide Their Child’s Emotional Development,” it is proof that parents and professionals of three generations ago possessed a wealth of common sense, a quality that has since become most uncommon.

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Keeping It Real

By Holly McElweeI’ve known a lot of kids in my 18 years of teaching, and I’ve witnessed those kids experience many ups and downs. A frequently experienced “down” is failure…how to accept it and how to deal with it. Unfortunately, too many of today’s kids have no idea how to manage failure in their lives. As parents, how can you help your kids navigate these treacherous waters? It’s not easy, but here are a few steps to try.

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New pump isn’t what she hoped it would be

I have been waiting to write this column for weeks. Unfortunately, it’s not going to have the tone I was planning on. Let me first put out this disclaimer: This is just my opinion. I know there are people out there who love the device I’m about to discuss.You see, I recently received the Medtronic 530G with Enlite coined as the first step toward the Artificial Pancreas. I was bursting at the seams to tell you but wanted to wait until I did the training and had the pump ...

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Vacation Angst

By Tom and Dee and cousin KeyDear Grandparenting: I thought I was so on top of it. The Fabulous Family Vacation would rock! I would dig deep into my pocket and treat my daughter, her hubby and my two grandkids an all expenses paid one-week trip to the Disney World resort in Tampa. Isn’t this what grandparents do? They occasionally pay for things their children cannot and treat the grandkids to a wholesome adventure they will never, ever forget. My grandkids are seven and nine...

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My Little Pony Tale

By Will E Sanderswsanders@civitasmedia.comI like to set achievable goals for myself, the kind of objectives that require little if any hard work and effort. Many men set out to do great things and hold true to the goals they set for themselves. They become astronauts, professional wrestlers and presidents.I just wanted to grow a ponytail. Hard to screw that up, in my opinion.I like most ponytails. I like ponytails that are fitted on the posterior of...

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Little Worriers

GRANDPARENTING BY TOM AND DEE AND COUSIN KEYDear Grandparenting: Why do my grandkids worry about everything? Whatever happened to carefree childhood? My grandkids worry about things like bullying and bad guys. They worry about the end of animals like polar bears. They worry about the sustainability of the planet earth. They worry about the planet being hit by asteroids and everyone winding up dead like dinosaurs. They worry about the environment and global warming. They also worry ...

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Amish Cook

BY LOVINA EICHERIt is the first day of spring. The temperature is staying around the freezing mark this morning. I am hoping we will see some sun to make it seems more like spring.

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Type 1 diabetics shouldn’t have to fight stereotypes

So I saw a commercial today that grabbed my attention. It said something like 85 percent of diabetics can be cured with metabolic surgery. Now, they are of course talking about those with type 2, but that was never said.As a type 1 diabetic, my pancreas makes no insulin. Period. If I have metabolic surgery, or lose weight any other way for that matter, my pancreas will not suddenly start generating insulin.People with type 1 have to fight this misunderstanding all the ti...

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