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Know Your Neighbors: What to Do About Aging Mom and Dad?

Know Your Neighbors: What to Do About Aging Mom and Dad?

Wednesday, July 01, 2015  |  Anita Rufus

You live across the country from your parents. You’re raising your children and are wondering how you’ll send three kids to college in a few years. You take pills for some chronic conditions and worry that one major medical crisis might wipe out your retirement plans. You live modestly, in a small m...

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Ask a Mexican: Is It OK for Mexicans to Adopt Native Names?

Ask a Mexican: Is It OK for Mexicans to Adopt Native Names?

Wednesday, July 01, 2015  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: I read your column of a couple of years ago about Chicanos loving the Aztecs, and it left me both cracking up and intellectually fortified. In the last portion of the column, you added: “But, hey: If you want to change your name from José González to Nezahualcoyotl Moctezuma and go to ...

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The Potted Desert Garden: Thinking of Your Home Garden While Traveling

The Potted Desert Garden: Thinking of Your Home Garden While Traveling

Tuesday, June 30, 2015  |  Marylee Pangman

We all need respite from the heat—and I recently received one, thanks to my high school and college reunions.

Luckily for me, they happened on the same weekend, and I wound up splitting my time between two different towns in upstate New York. I visited some tourist spots—and checked out some flowerin...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for June 25, 2015!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for June 25, 2015!

Thursday, June 25, 2015  |  Staff

On this week's sunny Independent comics page: This Modern World looks at a confederacy of denial; Jen Sorenson listens to captains of industry; The K Chronicles hums a tune while the flag goes down; and Red Meat enjoys an animated feature.

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Ask a Mexican: Will an Illegal Mexican Worker Take My Restaurant Job?

Ask a Mexican: Will an Illegal Mexican Worker Take My Restaurant Job?

Wednesday, June 24, 2015  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: Where is my America? I’m half-Hispanic and half-Italian. I was born on Coney Island to a drug-addicted father and was raised by my mom, who had to work. We were very poor. I’ve always had to struggle for basic possessions. Spanish was not spoken in my house, so my Spanish is muy malo . I...

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The Potted Desert Garden: The Life of a Volunteer Plant

The Potted Desert Garden: The Life of a Volunteer Plant

Tuesday, June 23, 2015  |  Marylee Pangman

Volunteer plants! We often get surprised by something we did not plant that shoots up. These plants can come from previous plantings, seeds carried in by the wind, and even bird droppings.

One of the nicest surprises is when alyssum plants (above) pop up during late summer rains. We might find volunt...

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