DEAR READERS: Social animals often engage in reciprocal grooming (or preening, if they are birds). This is a caregiving behavior that has a bonding function and is indicative of animals’ empathy and compassion. And it is clearly enjoyable! I strongly advise people who have dogs and cats, as …

A fellow psychologist says I paint with too broad a brush concerning the devastating effect mental health professional advice has had on children. He claims that some of the changes in parenting practice since the 1960s have been beneficial and gives more involved fathers as an example. Hold…

As the new year is well under way on the calendar, maybe you have thought about new life goals, health, beauty, money or more? Which do you want? Your choice. Maybe you want all three. With good planning, and the right actions, you could have all three and maybe more. If you know me, you pro…

For many years I listened to Garrison Keillor on Saturday nights. He had a variety program on the radio that included music, comedy routines, and a story about the people living in a fictitious town. He would always begin his story with, “It’s been a quiet week in Lake Woebegone…” Then he wo…

Perhaps the most widely known of modern defenders of the Christian faith, William Lane Craig, once told his audience in a Q&A salvation was available to those who have never heard of Christ. According to him, the unevangelized could respond favorably to the revelatory lights they have in…

Alexis de Tocqueville, a French historian, made an amazing discovery when he toured America in the 1830s, one that he called a “phenomenon” unlike anything he had ever seen. He wrote, “I have seen Americans making great and sincere sacrifices for the key common good, and a hundred times I ha…

DEAR DR. FOX: I am a law student, and I’m writing a paper for my animal law class on the pitfalls of the American Kennel Club (AKC) — specifically, how the lack of regulation leads to detrimental health issues for dogs. In my research, I found an article that mentioned your friend, journalis…

Regular readers of this column are no doubt familiar with my imaginary friend, The Doctor. I often call upon him to solve behavior problems of various sorts concerning young children. Well, The Doctor has done it again! This time with what many mental health professionals would call separati…

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HIGH POINT — One day early last year, Natika George was watching the news when she saw a short segment on the Montford Point Marines, the first African American Marine recruits during World War II.

I wish life moved along at a nice gentle pace all the time. I wish we never faced difficulties or trials. I wish my flesh always made the right decisions. I wish my mind was always peaceful. I wish I never struggled with doubts and worry. I wish…

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Items for Faith Calendar, a listing of faith-based events, must include the complete name of any guest speaker and a street address for the event. Submissions may be mailed or delivered to the High Point Enterprise, 213 Woodbine St., High Point, NC 27260. You also can email submissions to ne…

For many people around the country, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day on and not a day off as they volunteer to do service projects. Most local nonprofit agencies have some type of event where community volunteers come to help with a service project. This can include working in a community…

I am always amazed when I attend a meeting of the Alexander Martin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. These ladies can trace their heritage back to 1775, more specifically to ancestors who fought to gain our independence from Great Britain. Being able to trace back that far…

Everyone loves shortcuts. They save time, money and sometimes labor. Everyone loves some success at their endeavors. Success usually means praise, awards and sometimes adulation. Gardening success is generally described as having a “green thumb.” However, shortcuts are a lot easier to find t…

Q: I’m a single mom who works from home. At noon, I pick up my 5-year-old from half-day kindergarten. Because I’m unable to pay attention to her while I’m working, she wants to watch television for the rest of the afternoon. We have a no-TV rule on school days, but I find myself unable to en…

Q: Getting my daughters, 15 and 13, to pick up their clothes from the floors of their rooms requires constant nagging from me. I’m at my wit’s end. Please help me out with this. It’s driving me slowly insane.