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Ask Carolyn: July 5, 2018 Carolyn Woodruff

Today’s Ask Carolyn addresses the marriage of minor children in the United States and a domestic violence situation involving parents who won’t allow their 20-year-old to move out.   Dear Carolyn, I am concerned about an article I recently read concerning underage girls as young as 12 and 13 years old marrying older males in South …

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How to Make the Ultimate Fourth of July Popsicle

What better way to beat the heat this July than with patriotic popsicles? If you want to really knock the socks off your neighbors though, you can’t settle for store bought. But of course, that’s why you’re here. Don’t let the title mislead you – today I’m bringing you not one, but twelve popsicle recipes. …

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Why the Law Enforcement Model of CPS Doesn’t Work Carolyn Woodruff

The fourteenth amendment of the United States Constitution creates the Parental Rights Doctrine. It is fundamental to our society that parents have the right to raise their children and the average American, I believe, has a longstanding commitment to parental rights. Except in extreme circumstances, parents have the fundamental right to parent a child and …

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Ask Carolyn: June 21, 2018 Carolyn Woodruff

Dear Readers, Today’s second Ask Carolyn addresses separation as a potential tipping point for suicide and discusses the recent suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, both of whom were separated from their spouses.   Dear Carolyn, I am in the midst of a divorce, and I am devastated, alone and constantly depressed. I lost …

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Ask Carolyn: June 7, 2018 Carolyn Woodruff

Our first reader today finds herself in a very difficult situation: her husband is abusing opioids and alcohol, and their children are aware. She knows divorce is the only option if her husband won’t get clean, but is worried, as he supports their family. Our second reader has been separated for some time, and wants …

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Fraudulent Tax Returns and Child Support Carolyn Woodruff

Dear Carolyn, I have an example of corruption that exists in the family court system in North Carolina. My ex-wife is requesting increased child support. When I requested all of her financial documents, she provided fraudulent tax returns to the courts in order to gain increased child support payments from me. When I advised the …

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How to Grow Shishito Peppers Venn Crawford

This year, Dwight and Carolyn have embarked on a new adventure – vegetable gardening. Far from any farmland, the dynamic duo has set up shop on their two balconies, where they’re growing shishito peppers and tomatoes. What are Shishito Peppers? Shishito peppers are a mild Asian variety of pepper. When sautéed, they make for a …

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Recognizing Abusive Relationships Carolyn Woodruff

Dear Carolyn, I am married for the second time. My first husband, who I divorced, was physically and verbally abusive. I got out. The problem is I am right back in a miserable, abusive relationship—although quite different. This second husband (and might I add my last husband) is quite controlling on most every aspect of …

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