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Game on: Inventor makes coding fun for kids

Samaira Mehta, who is 12, became interested in coding at age 6. Her friends didn't share her enthusiasm. She thought a game might convince them that learning to code can be fun. So she invented a board game called Coder Bunnyz. She now has a business and two other coding-related games. (Coder Bunnyz)

When Samaira Mehta was 6 years old, her father played a prank on her. "He showed me basically something on his computer which had one button and a command which said, 'Press this if you're beautiful.' And he told me to give it a try," she said. As Samaira hovered her mouse pointer...

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Feeling midday fatigue? A short shut-eye session can help.

My naps have become essential downtime that act as afternoon pick-me-ups. Why do my naps feel so needed and so revitalizing?

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Shades of Shackleton on the Connecticut River

Every winter, dozens of bald eagles migrate from northern New England to the lower Connecticut River to catch fish and hunt waterfowl; for decades, friends and I have ventured out in kayaks this time of year to view them.

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Man takes umbrage at women who are stingy with thanks

DEAR ABBY: I am a male reader with a complaint. Have you noticed that women hardly ever compliment men? On ANYTHING! They expect men to compliment them but never reciprocate. If you move furniture, take them out for a nice...

Student longs for hometown left behind in move overseas

DEAR ABBY: I recently moved from the U.S. to Germany. It has been a big change, and I honestly don't know how to handle it. A lot of the kids at school make fun of me and call me names. My family plans to stay here another...

Mom's life has less stress after man leaves for prison

DEAR ABBY: I recently had a child with a man who is now incarcerated. I was widowed when I met him, and although he brought me happiness, it has come at a steep price. I pay for literally everything. I love him very much,...

Only grandchild announced transition to living as a boy

DEAR ABBY: My granddaughter just informed me she has decided she would be happier living as a boy, and she has gone so far as to legally change her name. I want to be supportive, but I admit I'm having a lot of trouble accepting...

Punishment doesn't fit crime after boy is caught with porn

DEAR ABBY: When I stopped by my brother's house a couple of weeks ago, he mentioned that his 9-year-old son was grounded in his bedroom. He was being punished for snooping in his dad's vintage collection of porn. At first I...

Sunny personality turns dark in the wake of a miscarriage

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I suffered a miscarriage five months ago, in the 12th week. I'm still not doing well. I have put on a facade to get by, but I'm just starting to realize how deeply this is affecting my life. I used...

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