Rio 2 is a pure delight for families on Easter weekend

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By Dwight Brown, NNPA Film Critic You know what they say, “Birds with blue feathers have to stick together!” In this spirited and very sweet sequel to the box office hit Rio ($486 million in international sales), the story continues about a previously thought to be extinct exotic bird species called the Blue Macaw. Before, the lovable creatures [...]

‘The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living’ encourages training your mind

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By Terri Schlichenmeyer Lately, it seems as though everything sets your teeth on edge. The neighbors are way too noisy. Customer service… isn’t. Your in-laws are a bunch of ingrates. And your co-workers? Let’s not go there. You’re over just about everything: overworked, overloaded, and overwhelmed. But when you read “The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living” [...]

Spring break read for your teen: Charly’s Epic Fiascos: Beware of Boys

Beware of Boys

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Warm fuzzies. That’s what you get when you help someone. You feel good because you did some good. Honestly, it’s sometimes hard to know who benefits more from your good deed – you, or the person on the receiving end. But sometimes, even the best intentions get out of hand, as you’ll see in the [...]

Common featured on Game of Thrones: The Mixtape

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Common drops The Ladder for Catch the Throne: The Mixtape compilation featuring also Big Boi and Daddy Yankee. I really like it, what do you think? Of course HBO is tempting me to come back, but so far I have resisted. This is just another example of HBO’s creativity in marketing their shows. Having never seen [...]

SNL’s spoof spotlights Scandal’s silliness

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The SNL spoof of Scandal has freed me to admit something: My name is Ruth and I have a confession — I don’t LOVE Scandal, I barely like it at times. I have tried, I promise I tried! I watched the very first night Scandal premiered and just did not fall in love with it. [...]

Learn a few things in “Living Safely, Aging Well”

Living Safely, Aging Well

By Terri Schlichenmeyer The third step from the bottom squeaks when you tread on it – which is something you tried to remember when you snuck in after curfew. There’s a light switch near the door that does nothing, and never did. One of the kitchen drawers has a tendency to stick. And someone, sometime, put [...]

Marriage therapy minus the therapy

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Try to see it my way / Do I have to keep on talking till I can’t go on?  —The Beatles, “We Can Work It Out” Is it possible to observe an argument with your spouse from the vantage point of an objective observer? If you could, would you behave differently? “Advice, especially about marriage [...]

NDG Bookshelf: Saint Monkey is a book worth spending your time

Saint Monkey

By Terri Schlichenmeyer The first time you saw her, it was all you could do to resist touching her curls. They were perfect, just like her fingers and her apple-dumpling cheeks. Her eyes drew you in, begging you to love her – and you did. She was the most beautiful doll you’d ever seen. And [...]

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