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Daughter wants to shut down parental insults

When I was growing up, my father called me terrible names, almost always centered on insulting my intelligence (calling me “stupid,” a “nitwit,” etc.). When I did well in college, he questioned how challenging my school was. I’m now 50 and it continues.

Ask Amy

Friend wants to deliver elder assessment

When my late father was ill, I always appreciated hearing comments from friends who visited Dad, since I didn’t live with him. I’ve had two occasions where I have noticed some concerning things about the parents of two of my friends. I shared my observations with these friends, and both did not receive it very well.

Home & Garden

Yardsmart: Wild tulips for a drought garden

If you're gardening in drought, wild tulips may become your new best friend this year. These are wildflowers that bloom in spring throughout the mountain ranges and hill country of the Mediterranean and points east. They were first collected by the Persians and later used by the Dutch in early breeding of modern show tulips. They are the hardy pioneers called "botanical tulips" left behind in the wake of our obsession with fancy horticultural varieties.

Videos

Former homeless man vows to pay it forward

Matthew Brewster, 27, of Fresno, recently received furnishings and housewares from Wings Advocacy Fresno, which helps former homeless people furnish their apartments. He says it has helped make his new apartment into a home.
Silvia Flores The Fresno Bee
Former homeless man vows to pay it forward 1:39

Former homeless man vows to pay it forward

Syrian refugee family building new life in Fresno 1:23

Syrian refugee family building new life in Fresno

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Clovis gets a new restaurant with flair: Figaro's Mexican Southwestern Grill

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Engineer recalls riding the rails