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"Minding Our Elders" columnist Carol Bradley Bursack says it's as valuable and necessary as visiting a parent.
"Coming Home" columnist Jessie Veeder recalls her snow-related motor vehicle and problem and the ensuing back-seat commentary from her daughters.
One of the challenges of hailing from a family of four girls is the competitiveness. For instance, one of our great fears is being "the fat one" at family reunions. Is this barbaric, superficial, and destructive? Yes, yes and yes. But keep in mind you are talking to women who grew up in an era where beauty trumped comfort or safety.
Is the town made famous by Betty White's character on "The Golden Girls" in Otter Tail County?

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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.
"Coming Home" columnist Jessie Veeder explains how "Prairie Princess" came about after she moved back to her family's ranch, and why she wanted to publish it as a children's book now.
Consider making meaningful resolutions that you are most likely to keep.
At this time of the year, many people set some sort of goal or “resolution.”
"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.
For many older adults, especially if they live alone, the holidays can be stressful and even depressing.

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"Coming Home" columnist Jessie Veeder reflects on trying to give her daughters what they need, but also keep them grateful, humble and kind and generous to others.
"Coming Home" columnist Jessie Veeder reflects on being ready for the holidays at home, Christmas tree and everything, and shares a recipe for homemade fudge.
Many of us who grew up with grandparents have special memories of activities, routines and traditions that have made a lasting impression on us.

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