Chris Erskine: All roads lead home

In our last installment, I was self-soothing with banana cream pie, a gateway drug, and hikes into the foothills with White Fang, our demi-dog, who's about the size of a sheep yet produces much more quality wool.


Living with Children: Teachers ‘stripped of permission to punish’

For the record, I believe in the concept of public (aka, taxpayer-funded, government, "free") schools. I attended public schools and obtained an excellent education that challenged my intellect and imparted a broad understanding of the world and my place in it. I am forever grateful to my teachers. Some were more likeable than others, but they were all dedicated to their craft and mission.


Ask Mr. Dad: Title IX: A good thing gone bad

Dear Mr. Dad: In one of your columns a month or so ago, you took a swipe at Title IX, which most people think has done a great job of bringing equity to college sports. You even called it "dangerous." I don't see what there is to complain about. Please explain.


Ex-etiquette: ‘I hate my life, I want to go back to my ex’

Q: I recently remarried, but I'm miserable. My husband drives me crazy, his ex-wife is psycho, and his children run the show. After three years and eleven months, my ex has realized the error of his ways and has been calling me. He tells me he's sorry that he ran off with "that woman" and wants to go back together. I hate my life, I want to go back to my ex and I have absolutely no idea how to handle this. What's good ex-etiquette?


Social Security: Why Social Security retirement is important to women

Social Security plays an especially important role in providing economic security for women. In the 21st century, more women work, pay Social Security taxes, and earn credit toward monthly retirement income than at any other time in our nation's history. But, women face greater economic challenges in retirement. Women:


Commentary: Archbishop outlines path toward reform and renewal in the Catholic Church

As is customary this time of year, Baltimore is again hosting the nation's Catholic bishops, who are convening here in America's first Roman Catholic diocese for extensive discussions about the relevance and impact of Catholic faith in American society. This year in particular, because of the severe crisis confronting the church, the agenda, deliberations and outcomes of our meeting are rightly under intense scrutiny.


App review: Trivia Crack 2, fun, addictive sequel lets you test knowledge and compete at your own pace

Parents need to know that Trivia Crack 2 is a trivia game for iOS and Android where you compete against strangers and your Facebook friends. While it does access your Facebook account, or ask you to sign in with your email, there's no communication between competitors, and you can opt to have it not show your name or photo. As for inappropriate content, while there's no cursing, nudity, or substances used during games, some questions may be inappropriate for younger players, such as one about former President Bill Clinton having an affair. The game runs banner ads in some of the menus and video ads after you lose a round. Players can also spend real-world money to buy resources so they can keep playing, though there's also a VIP membership that gives you an add-free experience, unlimited playtime, and discounts. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.


Game review: ‘NoviNews,’ clever, important adventure shows kids the consequences of media bias

Parents need to know that "Headliner: NoviNews" is a downloadable adventure game for Windows PCs. The gameplay highlights how the media determines our understanding of the world by filtering information. It shows characters smoking cigarettes, hanging out in bars, and drinking. It also gives players the option to promote an addictive alcoholic beverage. It also contains frequent swearing, including "f--k" and "s--t," as well as adult themes such as suicide, addiction, mental illness, and drug and alcohol use. Blocky cartoonish characters are shown puking, crashing cars, rioting, and committing suicide by jumping off buildings, although no blood or gore is shown.


How to protect your kid from ‘Fortnite’ scams

You were just getting used to your kid's obsession with "Fortnite," and now, all you hear about is V-Bucks. V-Bucks, like Robux on Roblox, are "Fortnite's" in-game currency. Players use them to buy the fun "skins" (characters and outfits) and "emotes" (those hilarious dances like "Flossing" and "Take the L") that kids will say they totally need to make "Fortnite" even cooler. For the record: You don't need V-Bucks to play "Fortnite," and if you do spring for them, they cost real money. Also, online scammers are all over V-Bucks.

Humane Society of South Mississippi Barktoberfest Halloween costume contest

The Humane Society of South Mississippi's Second Annual Barktoberfest held on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 included a dog costume contest.