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Those old-age jokes? They can cause real harm, say researchers who study age biases.

From childhood on, Americans receive messages that old age means “you’re unhealthy, your mind is shot, you’re boring, you’re depressed and sad and lonely,” said Sally Brown of St. Paul, who teaches a course called “Aging With Gusto” through the St. Paul-based Vital Aging Network. True, some older people are unhealthy or lonely — as are some young people. But similar characteristics are interpreted differently by age.

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Tasty ideas for that leftover Halloween candy

What qualifies as the best Halloween candy is subjective. What these hated goodies have in common is what you should do with them if you don’t want to toss them in the trash, give them away or unload them onto your unsuspecting co-workers. Perhaps, as we suggest, you could turn them into leftover goodies.

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Latest 'Banner Saga 3' trailer shows off the game's signature hand-drawn art

"The Banner Saga" was a game met with immense success in just about every measure imaginable, with critics praising everything from the surprisingly-grim gameplay and mature story and themes to the game's fantastic score and gorgeous hand-drawn aesthetic. And, as it just so happens, this praise holds true even for the iOS and Android versions of the title, which originally launched back in January of 2014.

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Parents @ Play: Gifts inspired by travel

The gift giving season is just around the corner, therefore 'tis the season for travel. With that in mind, take a look at these activities that will take you away, whether that's just down the street to the barber, into the jungles of South America, inside an ancient pyramid, or even further back to the days of the dinosaurs. Ready to hit the road?

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Ex-etiquette: Do what you must to create a harmonious holiday season

Q: My kids' dad and I broke up about four months ago. This is our first big holiday and in doing research on the subject, I've read some sources that say you should spend the holidays with your child's other parent and other sources that say you should not. Once and for all, what's right? I'm tired of making mistakes. What's good ex-etiquette?

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Living with Children: Give a child enough rope –

Q: Our 8-year-old has suddenly developed a very sassy mouth. She picked this up from a new neighborhood friend who speaks to her mother in a very disrespectful tone, like she's the girl's servant. There are no other girls this age in the neighborhood, so I hesitate to put a stop to the relationship but at the same time I want to nip this new skill in the bud before it becomes habit. Do you have any suggestions?

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Ask Mr. Dad: Sexual harassment: It's everyone's problem

Dear Mr. Dad: Over the past month, I don't think there's been a day without a news story of some famous person being accused of sexual assault or harassment. I'm disgusted by these men's behavior, but I'm concerned that one group of victims is being left out: men who are assaulted or harassed by women. At my last job, my female boss frequently made suggestive comments to me, touched my butt, and on several occasions told me that if I slept with her, it would be good for my career. I reported her to HR, but was told that men are the only ones who can sexually harass and that I should just enjoy it. I dropped my complaint and ended up quitting. I can't believe I'm the only guy out there who's been through this. Am I?

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Autism ‘spectrum’ is mental-health hooey

Having done a good amount of reading on this issue over the past few years, columnist Josh Rosemond says he fails to see the usefulness, much less the validity, of saying that certain children, while not classically autistic, nonetheless qualify as “sort of” autistic – other than its usefulness as an income-generator for mental health professionals and public schools, that is. By the same standard, it could be argued that lots of functional, responsible but slightly odd folks are on the “schizophrenic spectrum.”

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Game review: 'Just Dance 2018,' familiar but fun dance routine has a few new steps

Parents need to know that "Just Dance 2018" is the latest release in Ubisoft's popular rhythm and music series. The version for newer consoles includes some deeper content, and the Switch version in particular sports a few exclusive modes and features that take advantage of the dual Joy-Con controllers. While the game encourages players to get active with full body movement, players can skirt by using only minor motions in the hands and arms. Parents should also be aware that, despite having a decent amount of content packed in, "Just Dance 2018" pushes hard for players to purchase additional downloadable content, with a specific focus on a monthly subscription service for the game.

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Project: Light bright

With a simple process and kid-friendly steps, you can transform a bag of wax and colorful crayons into pretty candles. Make a set for Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, or just because!

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