Living

Russ Winton: Wine List

Wine Line: No slowing down in Paso Robles

The four-year drought in California didn’t seem to affect the little town of Paso Robles. The last time the Navigator and I did the downtown wine walk, there were 13 tasting rooms. Now there are 21. Taste Anglim’s excellent Rhone-style wines. For big bold reds try Pianetta’s, and make sure you don’t forget the remaining 19! It’s a perfect activity for an afternoon arrival. Walk and taste, sneak in a nap and then have an early dinner at one of a dozen or so downtown restaurants.

Family

Ex-etiquette: You're not in this alone

I'm divorced and my son lives a week with his mother and a week with me. He is in the 6th grade. He recently got in trouble at school for using a racial slur and insulted one of his best friends. Evidently, he saw a comedy routine on YouTube and thought to repeat it. I talked to the principal and his friend's mother and now he's grounded and without a phone. I'm trying to be a good parent. What's good ex-etiquette?

Family

Ask Mr. Dad: Playing the role

Dear Mr. Dad. My husband and I have two-year-old twins – a girl and a boy – and we both love spending time with them. But I've noticed that he and I have very different styles, in several ways. We do different activities with the kids. And I've also noticed that I do a better job of treating the kids the same, while he treats our son very differently than our daughter. What's the best way to play with a toddler? And isn't it better to play with the two kids in exactly the same way?

Family

Chris Erskine: Easter with exploding eggs, rogue Russians

When the kids were really young, we used to have the best Easters. I'd dress up like Jesus and they'd dress like little Roman soldiers and chase me around the yard. Insert your own symbolism if you like, but I caution you not to jump to conclusions. Many families have their special traditions.

Living

Want to clean your home without hurting the planet? Here's where to start

Personal hygiene and a clean home prevent the spread of germs, which is essential to our health, yet the majority of household cleaning products contain chemical ingredients with adverse health effects that also harm the environment. Some brands even contain cancer-causing toxins like formaldehyde and benzene. How's that for a doozy of a catch-22? Although it sounds like a pretty bleak situation, there are many organic household cleaning products and brands that help you scrub away the dirt without leaving an even bigger metaphorical mess behind.

Videos

Preparation Is Key For Allergy Season in Merced County

Springtime brings sunshine and warm breezes – but also misery for millions of Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies. Lily Pien, M.D., explains how being prepared can put you on the road to relief. Credit: Cleveland Clinic
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Preparation Is Key For Allergy Season in Merced County

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Best Buy manager responds to negative, trolling comments on viral WiiU gift video

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