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STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) is all the rage these days, and that's a good thing. Without a working knowledge of all of those subjects, our children will be woefully unprepared to meet the challenges of the fast-changing world they'll be living in when they finally reach adulthood. This week, we take a look at several excellent science-related activities that, besides being a fantastic way for families to spend time together, introduce the kids (and mom and dad) to a number of complex concepts in a fun, engaging way that will keep everyone entertained (and learning) for hours.

The last thing 73-year-old John DeVos wanted was to be thrown out of a graveyard. But he crouched onto his knees a week ago at Greenmount Cemetery, at the very patch of grass where he had watched them bury his 11-year-old brother in 1948. And with a screwdriver and small spade, he began to poke and dig.

One of the great wonders of the modern era is the fact that we can pretty much reach anyone at any time, regardless of distance, time or necessity. This is both blessing and burden.

You never want somebody else's face to pop up on a video call from your daughter's cell number.

The entire family was here recently, 14 in all including six crumb-crunchers under the age of 5. We had a joint birthday party for two of the grands with pink princess cupcakes and chocolate train cupcakes.

When Mary Kaye Richter's son was diagnosed, she could only find a few paragraphs about hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, which inhibits the growth of teeth, hair and sweat glands. To learn more, she converted a storage room of a church in Mascoutah, Ill., into the headquarters for a foundation that she established.

Q: I've been living with my girlfriend and her two kids for about six months. Everything is okay between us, however, it really bothers me that she refers to her ex as, "the a------". She calls him that to friends, family, and in front of her kids. Her phone ID says "A------"when he calls. She's also drinking way more than she used to and she makes comments in front of the kids that are way out of line. I want to talk to her about it, but I'm not sure how.What's good ex-etiquette?

For the record, I don't make it a habit to hang out in bars alone. Not that there's anything wrong in that. I'm old enough to do as I please, thank you.

The Wall Street Journal says there's no difference between a child whose primary interest is reading and a child who uses social media obsessively. In WSJ's March 22-23 "Mind and Matter" column, Alison Gopnik recounts, in fable form, her childhood obsession with "The Device," which turns out to be books. She then claims to know of research supporting the notion that reading books "hijacks" large portions of a child's brain, portions "that had originally been designed for other purposes."

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