I recently met with a young married man whose wife had left him. The core of their dispute was his overzealous, strict and occasionally harsh discipline of his 5-year-old stepdaughter. This fell well short of “abuse,” but in his wife’s mind, what he was doing was extreme. He felt too sure of himself and what he was trying to do that it finally resulted in a painful separation.
Dear Dr. Fox: You can redeem yourself and restore your reputation by repudiating your longstanding support for allowing domestic cats to roam and feral cats treated with TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release), an irresponsible position.
I urge you to contribute to ABC (American Bird Conservancy) and receive their literature.
Q: I have what I believe is an amur maple that is about 5 years old. I just noticed that the tree has a hole in the trunk. The hole is about 3 inches long and an inch or so wide. I saw something inside the hole and dug it out, but it fell in the snow and I couldn’t find it again. It looked like a grayish-white oval bug. This hole goes about halfway through the trunk. Last summer, the tree did fine. However, I cannot imagine a hole this deep is good for it. Is this tree a goner?
Dear Dr. Fox: I was glad to read your column regarding cleaning products and cat illnesses.
I have a cat. I also bought a Swiffer wet mop for my tile floors, but the smell was so bad I couldn’t use it.
Before the 1850s, few chairs were made for comfort. Seventeenth and early 18th-century American chairs were designed with hard seats and straight backs, and few had arms. No slouching allowed. People were expected to sit up straight.
You have to understand Derek (all names used are fictitious). He attends college and has a girlfriend, Sylvia. Derek is a fun-loving young man who has a hard time giving up his freedom and adolescent attitudes.
Dear Dr. Fox: Suzy, a 12-pound schnoodle, is my most recent rescue. We have no idea of her background other than she had at least two pregnancies and was deserted in a Walmart parking lot. The vet determined that Suzy is between 8 and 9 years old.
How can a hard-working, steady, generally level-headed man lose his cool and become irrational and obsessed to the point of driving away someone he loves? Meet Jim and Samantha – not their real names, of course.
Q: This fall, I had three somewhat decrepit ash trees cut down. A friend with a chainsaw cut a cross section so I could count the rings. How far out do the countable rings go? Do I count the rings in the cambium layer and/or the bark?
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