Inside the writer: Scrooge given new life during DickensFest program
Christmas and the Victorian period are forever entwined, mainly because of Dickens' famous crotchety miser.
Sarah Coyne: Keep shame away from potty-training process
My toddler is quickly approaching the milestone that strikes fear into the hearts and carpets of parents everywhere: potty training.
Kids can craft great holiday gifts for family and friends
Kids love the magic of Christmas. They get carried away with the fun of receiving and giving gifts. Unfortunately, gifts cost money, and kids may not be able to afford to buy gifts for everyone on their lists.
Cari Rerat: Strong female characters anchor teen fantasy novels
Celaena Sardothien is an assassin. She has been convicted as such and sentenced to a work camp that should mean her death.
Frankie Meyer: Website a good resource for finding genealogy links
New genealogy websites open every day. A great way to learn about them is to periodically check www.cyndislist. com. That website tracks other genealogy sites around the world and arranges them by categories.
Ryan Richardson: Pet emergency kit key to preparedness
Since I moved to Joplin more than a year ago, my friends and family have been adamant about preparedness for storms and disaster.
Dave Woods: 'Camp Calamity' spurs autograph pursuit
A little elf -- Bob Wolfe from Bob's Always Buying Books -- uncovered a treasure few but me would love. He discovered a rag-tag copy of "Janet Lennon at Camp Calamity" at his store.
Benji Tunnell: 'Frozen' helps Disney recapture a bit of its lost magic
This is a very refreshing change from weaker Disney offerings such as "Chicken Little" and "Meet the Robinsons," and a sign that the studio is finally learning how to properly meld its storied past with its Pixar-driven present.
Jeremiah Tucker: Country heavyweights help 'Duck Dynasty' sound clean
Released by Universal Music Group, the music on "Duck the Halls" sounds like any other handsomely produced country product churned out by the Nashville machine. For such a legendarily ungroomed family, not a hair is out of place here
Joe Hadsall: Tipping made awkward by tablet computers
I'm sure tablet computers are great for a lot of things, but I do not like how they are messing up tipping.
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