Ex-etiquette: Find a compromise for Mother's Day celebration

Q: My biological mother died when I was 5-years-old and two years later my father married a wonderful woman who raised me and has always made me feel loved. I regard her as my mom, even though I will never forget my biological mother, but each year when Mother's Day rolls around, my aunt (my mom's sister) wants me to visit the cemetery where my mother is buried and completely disregard Judy. On Mother's Day, of all days, I want to acknowledge Judy for what she has done for me, but it causes a problem every year. What's good ex-etiquette?


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?


Canyon County Pet of the Week: Madi May

Madi May, 6 months, is a small terrier mix. She is black and white with a soft, wiry coat and weighs just about 8 pounds. She is spunky, full of life and eager to meet new people and other animals. Madi is dog-friendly and seems to have no issues with cats at this time. Madi is still a puppy and will need all formal training, including leash and house training. Madi is spayed, microchipped, vaccinated and ready to go to her new home today.


Ada County Pet of the Week: Jackson

Jackson, 5, is a 70-pound neutered male yellow Labrador retriever mix. He’d love to walk, run, hike or even swim with you. Jackson likes chasing a soft toy and will even give it up when asked. He knows several obedience commands. He’s a smart guy and could easily learn more. Jackson’s previous owners said he was doing some resource guarding of people with the other dogs in the house, so he’d probably do better as an only dog unless you are willing to work with him on correcting this behavior. An introduction with any potential canine housemates is required. He may also guard valued possessions from people, so he needs an experienced owner and a home without children.

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The docs: Get your fruit

Even today’s millennials would have a hard time sitting still while listening to Little Richard sing, “Wop bop a loo bop a lop bam boom. Tutti frutti, aw rooty!” Tutti frutti was a popular ice-cream flavor at the time, and as corny as it sounds today, all fruit (that’s a rough translation from the Italian!) is as up-to-date a solution to America’s health problems as Little Richard was a solution to 1950 America’s low-key crooners.

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Stronger, faster, better sperm plan

Trying to make a baby? Well, even though the typical male body produces 12 million sperm a day, in a recent Harris Poll, two out of three men admitted that they don’t do much, if anything, to support healthy male fertility. That needs to change. A growing stack of research shows that there’s plenty guys can do to ensure that their swimmers are plentiful, fast and equipped to get the job done. Now, you may need a fertility doc’s help if you and your partner have been trying to get pregnant without success for more than a few months, but for most, these everyday strategies can help.


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