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Ask Mr. Dad: Disneyland syndrome is for moms too

Dear Mr. Dad: I'm a divorced mom, and because of my past substance abuse issues, my ex-husband has primary physical custody of our children. I only get to see them on weekends and we miss each other terribly. I've been trying to make it up to them by filling every weekend with outings and activities. But I think I've made a mistake. More than anything, I want to just hang out with the kids, but every time I schedule some downtime, they complain that they're bored. What can I do?

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Ex-etiquette: Embarrassed by girlfriend's behavior

Q: My girlfriend and I were invited to a friend's Seder dinner for the Passover holiday, but the invitation fell through. My girlfriend has met my former wife several times and they appear to like each other, so she asked if we could go to her home for Passover dinner. I figured out a comfortable way to ask and she welcomed us.

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Just shy of 106, Fla. man shares his secret to longevity

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - As a young child, he played on military trucks freshly back on U.S. soil after World War I. As a teenager, he says he shared the Yankee Stadium baseball diamond with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. As an adult, he spent a decade as the official printer for the U.S. Supreme Court.

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After more than 80 years, birth mother and daughter reunite

MONROE, Wis. - For more than 80 years, Eileen Wagner kept a secret from her children. She thought it was the best way to protect all of them - not only the two kids she raised with her husband, but also a third child, whom she had given up for adoption in 1933 when she was a teenager.

Pets

Canyon County Pet of the Week: Krispy

Krispy Kreme aka Krispy, 2, is a collie and retriever mix. Krispy finds himself at the shelter through no fault of his own. His family had to move and could not take their boy along with them.

Pets

Ada County Pet of the Week: Boo Radley

Boo Radley, 2, is a 9-pound neutered male domestic shorthair with a sleek black coat. He was brought to the shelter as a stray and spent some time in the Idaho Humane Society’s new Women Inmate Social Kitty Retreat foster program recovering from a kitty cold. He is feeling better now. Boo Radley can be timid in the shelter environment, but he warms up quickly with some head scratches. He is a playful, affectionate boy with a feisty side. He is food-motivated and loves catnip.

Pets

Meet Duncan, the pet of the week

Duncan is a 4-year-old, 67-pound neutered male tan and white boxer mix. He is a gentle giant. He was very scared and stressed when he first arrived at the shelter as a stray in April, but he’s come a long way. He enjoys spending time with other shelter dogs in play groups. Duncan’s previous owner seems to have trained him well with some basic commands, but an obedience class would be a wonderful way for him to bond with his new owner. Duncan (#17910052) is located in kennel 319 at the Idaho Humane Society, 4775 Dorman St. The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. You can learn more and see other adoptable pets at idahohumanesociety.org.

Health & Fitness

Let’s change the conversation about suicide in Idaho

Stigma. What does it mean? Dictionary.com defines it as “a mark of disgrace or infamy; a stain or reproach, as on one’s reputation; a mental or physical mark that is characteristic of a defect or disease.” In reality, stigma can prevent us from reaching out for help when we are in an emotional crisis and most in need of support. It can force us to feel we must push through and to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and get over it, even when we can’t. It can make us feel inadequate because only the weak talk about their feelings and seek help.

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Meet Duncan, the pet of the week

Duncan is a 4-year-old, 67-pound neutered male tan and white boxer mix. He is a gentle giant. He was very scared and stressed when he first arrived at the shelter as a stray in April, but he’s come a long way. He enjoys spending time with other shelter dogs in play groups. Duncan’s previous owner seems to have trained him well with some basic commands, but an obedience class would be a wonderful way for him to bond with his new owner. Duncan (#17910052) is located in kennel 319 at the Idaho Humane Society, 4775 Dorman St. The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. You can learn more and see other adoptable pets at idahohumanesociety.org.
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Meet Duncan, the pet of the week

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