Social Security: Resources for women

March is Women's History Month. It's a time when we reflect on the achievements and contributions of our nation's remarkable women. Many of these heroes might be people close to you: mothers and daughters, aunts, and grandmothers. Each of them plays a special role in our lives as they provide love and support.

Food & Drink

Gabby and Great-Grandma talk leprechauns, lucky clovers, and a St. Patrick’s Day classic

When 5-year-old Gabby Cullen got the lowdown from her great-grandmother, Mary (Maura) Cullen, on how to make Irish Soda Bread, she got a quick history lesson, too. Irish soda bread is a traditional treat great-grandma brought to America from Tubbercurry, County Sligo, Ireland. It's easy to make, with basic ingredients that were easy to get during a period of financial hardships back home. Great-grandma made it, her children made it, and now Gabby is next in line.


Ex-etiquette: 14-year-old’s Mom is unpredictable

Q: My 14-year-old daughter recently told me she no longer wants to visit her mother. She sees her every other week. Mother was diagnosed bipolar disorder two years ago, did not agree with the diagnosis, and refuses to take medication. According to my daughter, her mother is very unpredictable and picks fights with her. Last visit mother sat on our daughter when an argument got heated and while trying to get away, my daughter hit her mother in the face. As a result, her mother filed for a temporary restraining order. Mother still wants to see our daughter, but our daughter says, "No way!" What do I do? I'm so worried. What's good ex-etiquette?


Ana Veciana-Suarez: Making the case for face time over FaceTime

After a recent series of bruising setbacks and rejections, I finished one awful day with the most pleasant of events: dinner with a dear friend. Without husbands. Without children. Without anyone or anything demanding something from us. We laughed, we got teary-eyed, we showed each other photos on our phones. She drank lemonade; I ate most of the shared dessert


Living with Children: A proven solution to 5-year-old’s eating ‘issues’

Q: My 5-year-old has had eating issues since he was an infant. When I introduced solid food at six months, he began rejecting most vegetables. His feeding problems have worsened since then to the point, today, where he will eat only breaded chicken strips, Tater Tots, and vanilla ice cream (but only a certain brand). We worked with a feeding therapist for about six months but made no appreciable progress. She said he has a form of sensory integration disorder, which she explained as his brain is wired such that foods don't taste to him the way they taste to most people. So, even certain sweet foods taste bitter to him, for example, and he will gag and even throw up at the mere sight of them. In addition, he reacts negatively to certain textures. My mom says I was a picky eater, so he apparently inherited a tendency in this direction from me. I'm grasping at straws here, but do you have any suggestions?

Watch couple get engaged at Disney on Ice at Golden 1 Center

A couple got engaged at Disney on Ice at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, 2019.