This is the weekend that Christians around the globe celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. It recalls a weekend two millennia ago when the followers of the rabbi from Nazareth were sheltering in place fearing for their lives. Behind closed doors, the 11 were devastated that their 12th man had…

Q: My 5-year-old continues to throw tantrums when he doesn’t get his way. His father and I are divorced. I have primary custody. He is with his dad every other weekend, basically. My ex has very poor emotional control and I’m concerned that our son may have inherited that from him. When he t…

The Chinese character for the word “crisis” is actually the linkage of two Chinese characters. One character signifies “danger” and the other that indicates “opportunity.” Living through the past year of a crisis known as COVID, I experienced the reality of that play on words quite literally…

Q. I am very close to my adult children — and their father, as well. He and I settled our issues long ago which made co-parenting easy and co-grandparenting lovely. My ex-boyfriend didn’t get it, kept away from my children and got very short whenever I spoke to their father. It made holidays…

Q. I do not get along with my husband’s ex-wife. We share the kids 50/50 and it seems like she is always around. I know it’s wrong to say, but I resent having to deal with her. What happened to the days when an ex was an ex? This is not what I signed up for. What’s good ex-etiquette?

ROME — Sister Nathalie Becquart, 52, who Pope Francis appointed last week to a key Vatican post, is an accomplished seafarer who loves using nautical images to illustrate her views of life, faith and the role of women in the Roman Catholic Church.

Q: In a recent column, you described our 5-year-old daughter. She is in bed at 6:30 in the evening but usually wakes up during the night and wants to talk to us about whatever is on her mind. We both work and need our sleep, so that’s a huge problem. She very energetic and emotional during t…

Have you ever heard the term “Godwink?” Several years ago I was given a book titled “Divine Alignments: How Godwink Moments Guide Your Journey.”

While on a brief stay in Seattle, I was asked by my mother to clean out my father’s garage after we moved him to assisted living for dementia care. After Dad’s move, Mom stayed away from the garage for three months. My father’s sanctuary was too painful for her to face alone. “Just leave me …

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis told President Joe Biden on Wednesday that he was praying that God would guide his efforts to bring reconciliation in the United States, while the head of the nation’s Catholic bishops condemned Biden’s pro-choice stand on abortion.

Once a year, for the past decade, I have given the invocation in our state Senate or House of Representatives in Olympia. The closest I’ve ever come to offering a prayer over a president took place when our family lived in the Land of Lincoln. To my delight, I was invited to give the opening…

Q. I have a real problem with my bonus daughter’s lying. I overhear her telling her mother how she wants to go home when she is with us, but her father won’t let her. She never tells us she wants to go home. On the contrary, she tells us how much she loves being with us. I think she’s playin…

Setting new, personal goals might be the last thing a kid wants to think about as the winter weather begins the transition to spring, but learning to set goals at a young age is a worthwhile effort.

Do all your chats back home to Mom these days start, “You’re on mute. The button’s lower left”? Or have you at least once in the last nine months asked Gramps if you could FaceTime the back of his TV set as a way of helping him find the strange beast known as an HDMI port? If so, you’re not …

While clearing out and boxing up my parents’ home recently, I discovered a few items I didn’t know existed. In the bottom of a cedar chest, I found the infant blanket in which I was brought home from the hospital 68 years ago.

Q: We have a 10-year-old daughter who runs our family. We allowed her to begin dictating to us when she began talking and it’s just gone slowly downhill ever since. She manipulates us with shrieking tantrums, disrespect and downright refusal to do what we tell her to do. We must have done so…

Q. My ex's husband just reached out to invite me to join them for Thanksgiving dinner. We have been divorced for six years and have had our ups and downs. It's mostly up now. They have been married for three and a half years and have recently added a baby. The kids are with them this year, t…

Thanksgiving Day is typically reserved for giving thanks for family, friends and the previous year. While the coronavirus pandemic has made it more difficult to find much to be thankful for from the last few months, moments to express gratitude can still be found.

Election Day has come and gone. And while some outcomes are yet to be determined, one thing is certain: No matter the winner, the “stuff” of daily life continues to confront us. You’ve experienced that and so have I.

About 30 seconds into the best song you probably never heard, the tears began to flow. I can’t make it through Radney Foster’s gorgeous “Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)” without crying. I hadn’t thought about the song in a few years.