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"Minding Our Elders" columnist Carol Bradley Bursack hears from a reader who needs advice on how to handle a grandmother's difficult personality.
"We have lived here for 18 years and love that Mitchell has a small-town atmosphere with large city options."
"Minding Our Elders" columnist Carol Bradley Bursack says traditions might change after losing loved ones, but joy and good memories are still possible during the holidays.
Event provides forum to explore questions of death, loss

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Unfortunately, we live in a time when people are willing to give feedback raw and unfiltered more than ever. It’s too bad more people don’t realize how much wisdom there is in silence.
Justo Mari and son John Mari both died in early November. John Mari had what seemed to be a mild case of COVID-19, but died suddenly five days into his illness, according to family.
A column by U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson
It’s a tradition in most families to observe birthdays and mark them in a special way, so it makes sense to me that we do the same on Veterans Day and Thanksgiving.
From a unionized workforce and burnt-out reindeer to supply shortages, Jolly Old St. Nicholas may have one heck of a holiday season this year.
You'd better not be reading this in poor light. Or while riding in a car. Or while lying down. These qualify as 'Because I'm the Mom' rules, meaning our parents made these guidelines gospel, even if they weren't backed by science, common sense or logic. Here, columnist Tammy Swift passes along some of the wackiest and most baffling parental rules as shared by her Facebook friends.

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A random Facebook message led to reporter Teri Cadeau reuniting a relative with a photo of her brother who died in Vietnam.
In today's "Minding Our Elders" column, Carol says intergenerational living can work for some, but it's important to have realistic expectations.
If you still have grandparents in your life, call, write and/or visit them this week. If you do not, share a positive experience, memory or knowledge you learned from a grandparent. Bake your grandma's recipe you miss. And if you're a grandparent, do not miss this opportunity to connect with your grandchildren, in-person, over the phone or by a video call, or in a handwritten letter.

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