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Review: ‘Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’ finally gets new formula right

When Ubisoft revamped its flagship series, the publisher gave players a new but raw experience. "Assassin's Creed Origins" was an unsteady first step for a series moving toward a new direction. The overhauled combat and epic scope of ancient Egypt were welcome additions, but the new systems and structure were far from perfect.

Home & Garden

On Gardening: Georgia roadsides: Dazzling with flowers and butterflies

Recently I seemingly awoke from a daze while driving Interstate 85 north of Columbus, Ga., beautiful Pine Mountain was in the distance and a sea of yellow orange lavender and pink was almost iridescently glowing in the middle of the divided highway. I went back the next day, got out of the car and walked to the middle surround by thousands upon thousands of cosmos flowers. I have to admit it was exhilarating and The Greatest Show on Earth, especially to a nature kind of guy.

Family

Parents @ Play: You can never get enough of books

Reading is an incredibly important skill, one that can affect almost every aspect of your life. Unfortunately, too many kids (and adults) don't enjoy reading. Graphic novels and series by J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter), Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events), and Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson, The Kaine Chronicles, and others), have certainly helped attract young readers. But not all kids are interested in adventure, magic, or mystery. Here are some books for kids with other interests, including travel, building, filmmaking, writing, and life itself.

Pets

Corgis come together for Corgi Con

Thousands of corgis came together, wearing hats, sunglasses, pirate costumes, and more, for Corgi Con on Ocean Beach in San Francisco on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. This is the 10th Corgi Con event since the first that happened in 2014.

Family

Ex-etiquette: Explaining split-up to an 8-yr-old kid

Q: My 8-year-old son is constantly asking if his dad and I are going to go back together. Every time he comes home from his dad's he asks, "Mommy, when are we going to move back in with Daddy?" I finally sat down with him and told him that I will always love his father because he gave me him, but we are not going to go back together. That didn't seem to appease him, and he cried himself to sleep that night. What did I do wrong? What's good ex-etiquette?

Family

Ask Mr. Dad: Bedwetting 8-year old. When is enough, enough?

Dear Mr. Dad: My 8-year old still wets her bed at night. She's really embarrassed about it and doesn't want to have sleepovers, either at our home or – especially – anywhere else. She's really stressed about it, which I imagine is just making the problem worse. How common is it for an 8-year old to be wetting her bed at night? How can we figure out what's causing the problem? And is there anything we can do to help her stay dry?

Family

Lori Borgman: Pretty as a picture – or not

I have just been handed a new portrait of myself. I look like someone who got off the Space Mountain ride at Disneyland and needs medical attention. Or like someone who staggered out of a bar at 3 a.m. after a night of binge drinking. Or like SpongeBob SquarePants' grandmother – SpongeBob's deranged and demented grandmother.

Family

Moms Gear: Hand-carved ‘Elephant Realm’ necklace signifies strength and wisdom

In fact, more than 2,000 artisans sell jewelry, clothing, and decor of all types on the website. The "Elephant Realm" necklace, hand-carved by Indian Chander Kant, is made of kadam wood, that comes from a tropical sustainable tree in Asia and Southeast Asia. According to the card that comes with the necklace's packaging, Kant learned his trade from his father and grandfather, making the craft a multi-generational source of income.

Travel

Capital wonders: Mexico City for beginners

Like a lot of Californians, I've made dozens of trips to Mexico over the decades – beach resorts in Baja, Maya ruins in the Yucatan, colonial towns in the interior. Yet I'd never made time to explore the capital's top museums and landmarks, even though their global popularity has boomed in recent years. When I finally gave myself a good look at Mexico City this year, most of those attractions surprised me.

Corgis come together for Corgi Con

Thousands of corgis came together, wearing hats, sunglasses, pirate costumes, and more, for Corgi Con on Ocean Beach in San Francisco on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. This is the 10th Corgi Con event since the first that happened in 2014.