Seven myths about what it takes to raise successful adults

Parents need to pause, step back and consider what it really takes to raise successful, happy, confident kids.Parents need to pause, step back and consider what it really takes to raise successful, happy, confident kids.

Magazine editor Margot Shaw on entertaining with flowers

Margot Shaw, founder and editor of Flower Magazine, joined staff writer Jura Koncius earlier this summer for our Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt. Q: What are the best types of vases to own? A: I recommend glass cubes, low bowls, and small bud vases of different...

Can your devices make you sick? Probably not, experts say.

Using a keyboard in a public library or scrolling through your phone on the subway with the same hand you used to touch the railing would be riskier.

Dogfishing: When online daters pose with adorable pets that aren't theirs

"Dogfishing" is not exactly a lie - the person did take a photo with that dog - but to some daters, it feels like a veiled form of deception. And things can get awkward fast when a date realizes that the pet in the profile solely exists as bait.

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Each hospital feels like a family

Just like with families, some are warm and welcoming and others are dysfunctional and belong on "The Jerry Springer Show."

Rick's List Juxtaposed Press Conferences Edition

My pal Jim Spinnato is a hypnotist and a very good one. It's true that, when I volunteered to be a subject at one of his live shows, he was unable to hypnotize me — which is a shame because he convinced the other...

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Michael Franti & Spearhead — Nov. 2 at the Garde; tickets on sale now; $40-$70

Jodi Picoult — Sept. 22 at the Garde; tickets on sale now; $20-$30

The Brothers Four — Nov. 9 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $65

Barnstar — Nov. 10 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $30

The Clairvoyants — Dec. 21 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $45-$85

David Sedaris — Dec. 8 at Shubert, New Haven; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $53-$69