This Thursday, many of us will gather around tables crowded with turkey, dressing, casseroles and cakes, and we will mutter thanks for the bountiful feast before us. But what about the beer on the table?
After the turkey and stuffing comes the kickoff of the holiday shopping season. And even though most retailers are offering the same deals online, many still plan to open their doors on Thanksgiving Day or in the early morning hours of Black Friday. So if you prefer to pick up those discounted TVs, toys and other goods in person, here's a list of what time stores are open on Thanksgiving and Black Friday:
In a story March 26 about New Jersey's medical marijuana program, The Associated Press reported erroneously on who must pay a $200 fee to register with the state's medical marijuana program. Patients and caregivers must pay the fee, not patients and doctors.
Q: I read your column every week and my ex and I do pretty well co-parenting the kids. I try to follow the rules you suggest because they are logical and are kid focused. It seems you advocate spending the holidays together. We never have and I'm not so sure I want to. The kids have accepted alternating years. So are we failing miserably because we alternate Thanksgiving, odd with me, even with their father? What's good ex-etiquette?
Dear Mr. Dad: My 12-year old daughter has become obsessed with designer labels. Basic Levis and generic shoes aren't good enough anymore. And if I so much as mention the word "Walmart," she won't even speak to me. What is going on with her? I find her materialism revolting. Is there anything I can do to stop it?
"Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
This holiday shopping season, a handful of the most high-profile rockers on the planet (including Keith Richards, Ozzy Osbourne and Steven Tyler) are giving the shirts off their backs - make that the leather jackets out of their closets - to help fellow musicians fight addiction.
As befits the season, I filled the trunk with firewood the other morning and then raced off on some other errands while the firewood warmed in the sun-kissed car. By the time I was back, the old Camaro smelled like a cabin in New Hampshire.