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First Names Signal Success in Marriage — Dave’s Diary

Some people will search for every possible sign that Mr. or Ms. Dreamy really is Ms. Or Mr. Right, right down to the picture I.D.  Allow me to explain. A British group asked 2,000 people what names they identified with being good husbands and wives.  We’re not sure how the respondents came up with their answers but it interesting to think that your

great great grandma's first name, passed on to you, could be the key to your marital success!  Here are the lists.

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What’s Reasonable When it Comes to Allowance — Dave’s Diary

Did you get an allowance as a kid?  Raised on the farm in the Midwest in the 60’s we were “allowed” to have dinner!  Not much in the way of allowance on the farm but hard work could get you a calf or a couple acres of wheat.  So I will be the first to say I don’t have much of a perspective on cash for kids but the Harris people do.

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Don’t Be Bored in Your Marriage Because Chances Are It Won’t Improve — Dave’s Diary

Heads up bridal show attendees.  Beware the seven year itch and the seven year boredom check! If you find marriage boring after seven years, it doesn't get any better. All the excited brides and grooms attending this weekend’s event at the Sundome are thinking happily ever after but there is a reality check up ahead.

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The The Many Benefits of Bowser- Dog Ownership Pays Off — Dave’s Diary

Our family has joined the ranks of the millions who are dog owners.  My daughter is thrilled. My wife is thrilled plus.  “Dewey” is fitting right in and making for an extra happy holiday season.

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Searching for Family Holiday Traditions – Brian’s Blog

My 7-year-old son has to do an assignment for school about his family's holiday traditions, I had to think for a moment: What are the Teegarden family holiday traditions?

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You Make More Stress if You Chill on the Weekend — Dave’s Diary

My wife is a worker. She never rests. On the weekends she is a whirlwind of activity.  I on the other hand am a thinker and a snoozer and I like to chill on the weekends.  That has led to its fair share of conflict which is not what you want on the weekend

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Former Presidential Candidate Rick santorum to Speak in Yakima Tomorrow

U.S. senator and former Presidential candidate Rick Santorum will be in Yakima tomorrow as the keynote speaker at Life Choices annual Fall fundraising banquet.

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Mother-In-Law Day is Sunday–Will you Celebrate? — Dave’s Diary

Got plans for the weekend? Do they include your mother-in-law?  Maybe they should because this Sunday, the fourth Sunday each October, is Mother-In-Law Day.

Our friends at Free Dictionary say the day was modeled on the celebration of Mother's Day and Father's Day, Mother-in-Law's Day was first celebrated on March 5, 1934, in Amarillo, Texas.

Mothers-in-law have n

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New Research: Fight It Out vs Forgive & Forget — Dave’s Diary

Do you bark or wag?  Better to bark according to the experts.  If you want to have a long and happy marriage, let the fur fly.  Recent research reveals there is a greater benefit in the long term in having angry but honest conversations about problems in a relationship than there is in sticking to the old adage "forgive and forget."

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Yakima Police Offering Free Child Car Seat Safety Check

The goal is to make sure that all parents and caregivers are properly securing their children (0-12 years) in the best car restraint for their age and size.    

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