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Take your pick of spring foods

This column is adapted from one that ran in 2008, when we had a bumper crop of morels. That is not the case this year, with this warm, dry spring that has most people delighted. Mushroom hunters are lying low, avoiding the sunshine and praying for rain.

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Spring cleaning tips

Spring cleaning has its drawbacks and its advantages. The drawbacks are obvious — nobody really likes to clean. Once the task is complete, the advantages to spring cleaning include additional storage space, discovering items that you thought you lost and some quick cash if you sell some of your unwanted stuff online. In the world of art and antiques, spring cleaning is a great opportunity to review the condition of objects, repurpose items, sort out what to keep and what to sell, and reconsider a collection’s display options within your home.

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Thinking under the influence

In Leviticus 10, we read: “And the Lord spoke to Aaron, saying, ‘Drink no wine or other intoxicant, you or your sons, when you enter the Tent of Meeting ... for you must distinguish between the sacred and the profane, and between the impure and the pure, and teach the Israelites ...”

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Boxing classes for Parkinson's patients puts hope in their corner

CHESTERFIELD, Mo. - "Up, up, up! Down, down, down! Side, side, side!" the trainer commanded as Jay Brunk, diagnosed five years ago with Parkinson's disease, tried to punch the mitts on the constantly moving hands. "Perfect, perfect, perfect!," the trainer yelled with each thump of Brunk's boxing gloves against the targets.

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Voices of Faith: Does our anger exist for a reason?

Arvind Khetia, a Hindu and an engineer: Anger exists for many reasons. Individual and cumulative anger arises from social and economic injustice and lack of freedom. Some anger may be justified when it is expressed with good intentions, but anger should never turn into rage or violence.

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Pet Vet: Resist urge to give dogs, or any pets, human foods

I recently received a question from Dan, a question that has been asked and discussed for many moons between clients and their veterinarians. Is it OK to feed his dog human foods and, if so, what things are safe to feed the dog? I suspect if you asked this question of 10 different veterinarians you would get 10 different answers, but since you are asking me, Dan, I'll give you my answer.

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How to buy a puppy

How to buy a puppy? Very carefully and with much forethought, the experts all agree. After all, you're considering the purchase of a living being, an animal that will need feeding, training, grooming, medical care and, perhaps most of all, love and attention from you and your family.

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Ask Mr. Dad: The downside of praise

Dear Mr. Dad: I'm almost embarrassed to say this, but I'm sick and tired of hearing parents tell their kids that they're "awesome," or "amazing" or "incredible," or any of the other overused words people use these days. The fact is that most kids aren't any of those things. I'm wondering whether we're doing damage to our society with our non-stop praise. What's your take on this?

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X Games gold medalist Jamie Bestwick has started a new business venture, Rothrock Coffee in State College, Pa. The new shop is located on S. Atherton St.
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