Read some articles from back issues of the print edition and supplemental content.
Food waste is a huge issue in America, especially in light of the growing divide between the profligate rich and the hungry poor. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Loss Project, we throw away more than 25 percent—some 25.9 million tons—of all the food we produce for domestic sale and consumption. A 2004 University of Arizona study pegs the figure at closer to 50 percent, finding that Americans squander some $43 billion annually on wasted food. Lead researcher Timothy Jones reported that on average, U.S. households waste 14 percent of their food purchases. He estimates that a family of four tosses out $590 per year in meat, fruits, vegetables and grain products alone.
As parents we are always concerned about the safety of our children. When they were little we covered outlets, locked cabinets, and made sure they were wearing seat belts. As they got older, we taught them to dial 911 in an emergency and wear a bicycle helmet. As ‘tweens and teens, they still need our helping hands to keep them safe—perhaps now more than ever.
“Wendy!” I said, “What happened to your dress?” It was a cute little green-velvet number that my wife Betsy had bought for our 7-year-old to wear in the school concert. Up near the nape of her neck, there was a ragged hole big enough for a butterfly to sail through.
Teenagers can behave in strange ways that often mystify adults. For some parents their teen's moods or actions keep them up at night.
We all have a personal space (“bubble”) around us. This bubble helps keep us safe. It lets us decide how close someone can get to us, and they, how close we can get to them. We change the size of our bubble depending on how we feel (happy, sad, mad, scared, etc.) and our relationships with other people. Our bubble is usually smaller with people we know and trust, like our family and friends, and larger with people we don’t know, like strangers. Our bubble usually changes from large to small as we get to know someone (a new friend, classmates, teacher, doctor, counselor, case worker, etc.).
When the normal daily activities of the average school-aged child are factored together, they’re enough to make an adult scream “Uncle!” in defeat.
I attended my first Boy Scout pack meeting last night, for my newly indoctrinated 10-year-old Boy Scout… and I have to say, this was a gut check. As I saw my son standing up there accepting his awards, I flashed back to when he was 3 years old romping on the shores of Fern Ridge. I realize he’s still just 10 years old; but… he LOOKED, and it FELT like, he was 15!! He was quite handsome in his uniform, and so very proud.
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<a href="http://www.oregonfamily.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/fruitheart.jpg"><img class="alignright size-full wp-image-565" title="fruitheart" src="http://www.oregonfamily.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/fruitheart.jpg" alt="" width="156" height="156" /></a>This Valentine's Day, share the love with friends, family and neighbors by making these sweet treats or fun crafts. There are also lots of events happening in and around the Eugene area, giving you lots of choices for how to spend your day.
These fabulous appetizers have a great Southwest flair. <img src="file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Sandy/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/moz-screenshot.png" alt="" /><img src="file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Sandy/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/moz-screenshot-1.png" alt="" />