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Q: I got arrested, I don’t get it, and no one can answer my question. I am 17 years old and last week I was cut off by a woman in a SUV. I admit I was mad so I began to follow her. She would not pull over so I continued until we ended up in Walmart’s parking lot. The police pulled up at the …

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While students are jumping up and down at the announcement of a snow day, the day off of school leaves parents scrambling to figure out what to do with them. Most grown-ups don’t have the luxury of a snow day. I know that when that cancellation call comes at 5:10 a.m., my jealousy sets in an…

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I finally found a term that describes the situation when an individual leaves the toilet paper roll empty, ignores the cats’ depleted food dish and refuses to discard the box after eating the final cracker. It’s “diffusion of responsibility.” This occurs when one thinks that someone else wil…

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The buzz phrase du jour in Washington is “perjury trap.” The airwaves were bursting with the light of verbal warning flares, shot off by our President's lawyers, advisors and supportive talking heads.

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Q: I need some advice and hope you can help. A male co-worker and acquaintance from work (we once dated for a short time) thinks it’s funny when he passes by me to touch or poke my breasts and make a “honking” noise. At first, we laughed it off as a joke and now I am getting very uncomfortab…

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Employers can increase employee engagement by tying individual contributions to the company’s overall performance. Aligning people with purpose requires clarified expectations and a trusting relationship between the employee and supervisor. Traditional performance appraisals undermine this trust.

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As if we needed yet another example of just how dysfunctional our government is, enter the DACA/immigration gridlock tied to the threat of shutting down the government — again.

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Q. Let’s say you are at the Lighthouse Place and you try to steal something by hiding it in your pants, but the clerk that works there sees you, so you remove the item and put it back and leave. Can someone still get in trouble for this even though they did not get anything? (Asking for a friend.)

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If you’ve wandered up to the lakefront at Washington Park recently, you might have felt like you were transported to Greenland. The shelf ice along Lake Michigan’s lakeshore has again blessed us with a magnificent glacial-looking seascape. Almost as far as the eye can see is a blanket of whi…

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Q: Is it true that any time a police officer shoots his gun his objective is to kill? Don’t you ever try to just merely wound someone by shooting them in the arm or something?

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Growing up, New Year’s Eve was probably my second favorite holiday, right behind Christmas. If you count the day we set by our clocks each fall, New Year’s Eve is right behind it.

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I don’t quite have words for it, but there is something uniquely special about New Year’s Eve. It’s as if some kind of magical spell is cast upon us when the clock chimes at midnight. It’s a chance to start anew; the line in the sand separating what once was from what may be.

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It’s that time of season when I worry I might morph into one of Santa’s elves. I really enjoy the Christmas holidays. This is the time of year for optimism and the goodwill that radiates throughout Christmas. I bet some of the best times of your life happened during this joyous season.

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Q. I took my family Christmas shopping in downtown Chicago and I think I accidently ran a red light. The traffic was so backed up and I was distracted where I got caught too far into the intersection and I saw the camera “flash.” What should or can I do? I really don’t want a ticket.

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Do you remember the song “Wildfire?” I loved that song, released in 1975. A horse “busted down its stall, in a blizzard he was lost.”

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For many of us, the time of year between Halloween and New Year’s Day brings unparallelled anticipation and excitement. Holiday baking, decorating, religious observances, shopping and gathering with family and friends consume every waking moment outside of work and school.

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Q: I screwed up and received a speeding ticket in which I am guilty. I really don’t have the money and I don’t want my insurance to go up. I was told by a buddy of mine that if you fight it and go to court and the police officer does not show up for court that the case is thrown out and you …

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Generations of children have grown up healthy and thriving despite drinking water from garden hoses, riding bicycles without hands on the handlebars and daring each other to eat dirt (or in my family’s case, cat food).

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During a recent fit of insomnia, I watched a late, late 1940s movie, “The Green Promise.” Despite its single star rating, I was drawn in to see its young star, Natalie Wood.

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More than a million people have shared their Twitter posts since Alyssa Milano encouraged survivors of sexual harassment and assault to publicly post their #MeToo status this past October. The last time sexual harassment came to the forefront was when Anita Hill spoke out about Clarence Thom…

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I opened my “Column” manila folder to prepare for this week’s column. It’s a file bursting at the seams with a collection of news clippings and Post-It Notes relating to parenting and child development.

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Last Sunday, I enjoyed a typical Sunday with my family at church. As a special treat, my daughter and I went to lunch. We must have talked for an hour about anything and everything. Anyone with a teenager knows how few and far between those moments are. On the way home, we listened to Christ…

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A recent online news headline grabbed my attention: “How long $1 million will last in retirement in every state.” You may be thinking what I’m thinking — that I wish I had $1 million so I could see just how long it really would last.

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Q: I am a member of the Indiana State Police Benevolent Association, and donated to the Sherriff’s Association and the F.O.P. Will the stickers they gave me affect whether I get a ticket or not?

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Vivek Murthy, M.D. identified loneliness as a serious health condition when he was the U.S. surgeon general. The human brain is wired to be social. Being social helped protect us from predators and increased our ability to get food. Because of that wiring, loneliness creates stress and stres…

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I remember being told before my oldest daughter was born that I would be able to distinguish her cries from all of the other babies’ cries in the hospital nursery. It was true. And, when I heard those cries, I just had to hold her.

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As a child, I always preferred to go trick-or-treating on a full stomach. That is, a full stomach of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Sweetarts and Milk Duds.

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Have you seen the forward being circulated via email listing some of Yogi Berra’s quotes? I don’t know about you, but through the years, I have been among those that not only found his malaprops to be funny, but quite often I gleaned ironic truths within them.

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It may seem that car seats naturally expire. After a car seat’s first resident baby has a few spit-ups and super soggy diapers during drive time, or expresses the lunchtime green peas, the car seat starts to look and smell like something from a musty, abandoned basement. It’s hard to believe…

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I’m in the final edit of my new book, a compilation of my first 300 columns. It demanded that I once again proof them all. They are in chronological order beginning almost a decade ago (this is my 464th column). Once the shock of how long my column has been running wore off, I came to severa…

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Stanford’s Graduate School of Business’ five-year study of nearly 24,000 workers and almost 2,000 bosses resulted in 6 million measurements to determine the impact of management on productivity. Each worker averaged four managers a year to determine the outcomes from a good manager contraste…

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Race is a difficult topic to discuss in our country. It always has been and I do not see that changing any time soon. I hesitated to place a toe into the swirling waters of the complex issue of race relations in the U.S.; to gauge the temperature of the issue, but two things happened over la…