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The Full Suburban: Are mom jeans back in fashion? No!

About four years ago, I went to a party where everyone was supposed to dress up in clothes from the era in which they graduated high school. For me, that was the 1990s. Pre-party, I went to the thrift store hoping to find an outfit that exuded the unflattering ’90s chic.

Dad Daze: Say bye to bullying and hello to National Unity Day

During an intense basketball practice three years ago, one of my son Milo's teammates tripped another teammate with intent to injure. He followed that up by firing a basketball at Milo's face and throwing a punch, which was blocked.

House Call: Assisting seniors aging in place

One of the many challenges older adults face as they age and inevitably start to fail to cope with daily living is how and where to get help to maintain functional independence. I’ve been navigating this challenge personally with several declining family members in the past year.

The Full Suburban: The sound of silence can lead to inspiration

As a rookie reporter for the student-run newspaper when I was studying journalism at Brigham Young University, I learned a lot of useful reporting skills. For example, I learned that Robert Redford does not want to be bothered by a nervous cub reporter when he’s traveling.

Dad Daze: Why children need mental health days off from school

Why would energetic kids, of all people, need a hiatus from class? Well, it's appropriate that John Hughes' native state, Illinois, where all his teen films were shot, is allowing students as many as five mental health days off from school per year starting in January.

Upcycled Life: Floating candles

Upcycling materials for holiday decorations is a great way to opt out of single-use decor. These floating candles made out of cardboard tubes will be sure to impress your wizard-loving friends. Find toilet paper or paper towel tubes and cut them to your desired length.

Running Tab: Now is a great time for octopus on the menu

My 10-year-old nephew Shawn here in Spokane has had quite the list of favorite foods in his young life. It started with macaroni and cheese and pizza, which is fairly typical, then evolved, surprisingly, into seafood, specifically shrimp and crab.

Halloween coloring contest is baaack – boo!

Autumn has arrived, which means it’s time for our annual Halloween coloring contest. The contest is open to children ages 12 and younger. Entries will be judged by a panel of The Spokesman-Review staffers who will select winners in three divisions.

Dad Daze: From my cradle to their grave

A parent's responsibility never ends. Even though my daughter Jillian, 22, is off my payroll living and working in Manhattan, I'm aware that she still has needs only a parent can meet. I've always wanted the best for my children and to never burden my two sons and two daughters.

The Full Suburban: A dining table is more than just furniture

Is it normal to blow kisses to your furniture after it’s been sold and is being carried out of the house? No? Just me? Anyone who has read this column for a while knows that I am a sentimental person. Sometimes, that sentimentality manifests itself in the way I treat inanimate objects