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Living

Wine thoughts and odd lots

I received a few questions and comments from my last column. My favorite was from Mary of Merced, who wrote, “Happy Anniversary, I’ve enjoyed your column for 11 years and hope to see many more. Cheers!” I’ve enlarged this 10 times, put it in a big beautiful gold frame and hung it in my entry hall with a spotlight shining on it. Thank you, Mary.

Family

Ex-etiquette: Deciding on child’s activity is a joint parental decision

Q. My ex and I have been divorced for 6 years. Our daughter has been playing competitive soccer for the last two years. Her father was her coach and they traveled all over the state. She excelled, I will admit that, but it just got too much for our family – and it's very expensive. (I have two other children with my current husband,) so we made the decision as a family to transfer her into Parks and Rec Soccer. Her father was furious and will not attend any of her games. I think he's being petty. What's good ex-etiquette?

Family

Raising sons to be men post-Kavanaugh

As an adult woman who has witnessed the imbalance of power between men and women, who has been a victim of sexual harassment in workplaces and doctors' offices, and who knows countless other females who have experienced the same, I am a champion of the push for women's rights and an ardent supporter of the #MeToo movement.

Family

App review: Dragalia Lost: Cute anime-style game has rich storyline and hours of free play

Parents need to know that Dragalia Lost is a freemium Japanese RPG (role-playing game) for iOS and Android devices. While there's frequent combat, the violence is cartoonish in nature, and no blood or gore's shown. Defeated enemies vanish when beaten. Players will also see "damn" and "hell" in dialogue, but no other swearing. Players can friend one another, and the app suggests friending via listing and post-battles. Player profiles only contain character info; no personal information is provided. The app contains an online co-op mode, but players can only communicate with one another through pre-selected chat stickers. Ads for the in-app store appear every time players load the app; the shop sells in-app currency and items priced from $.99 to $79.99. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

A rainbow greets geese on the Pacific Flyway in the Sacramento Valley

A beautiful morning in a Sacramento rice field is complete with a rainbow and an active grind of geese. The big Pacific Flyway migration is underway in the Sacramento Valley, with millions of birds expected in the coming months.