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Fishing for answers

My child asks me if lobster are fish. I say no, they are crustaceans.

He asks me then why they are called “shellfish,” and suggests they are fish just crammed inside of shells. I don’t have enough energy to engage on the topic, so I reply not with an answer, but with a question. “Why do you need to know?”

“Because we can’t eat meat for Lent, but we can eat fish and if lobster are fish, we are all set.”

My daughter, a practicing Catholic, is dating a Muslim man

My adult daughter, who's always been a practicing Catholic, is dating a Muslim man. I just don't see how this can work - how do I react? 

During a tour of Ketchikan, Alaska, a Tlingit elder explained how marriage in his culture was changing. Young adults attending university often fell in love with non-Tlingit partners. Given the fluid nature of our global village, many parents are asking themselves: How do we react?

How can I avoid forced overtime?

I am regularly working more than 50 hours per week, even though I’m only supposed to be working 40. I don’t really care about the extra money – I’d rather have the time. Is there a way for me to avoid this forced overtime without losing my job?

Well, it’s nice to be wanted. And overtime is much better than undertime or no time at all.

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