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How to carve out private spaces when everyone is at home

Working outside, when the weather allows it, can give you some private space — and a boost of sunshine. (Getty Images)

Everyone can use a place in their home where they can escape for a little bit of quiet.

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My mother seems to like her ‘grand-dogs’ more than her grandchildren

(BEG ITAL)Carolyn Hax is away. The following is from Jan. 15, 2006.(END ITAL) I would not have reacted so negatively, but my mother does not have ONE picture of my children in her office, not even a Polaroid. Pictures of my sister, her new husband and her dogs are plastered EVERYWHERE. Also, she does not...


Keeping the Explore label present, or kippers

Everyone needs a friend. Friends are the most valuable things in the world. The man who does the best job is the one who is happy at his job. That's the way I look when I get home late; black and blue. The little tiny Tim easels will let you down. If you hypnotize it,...