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Awkward photos: Romantic moments gone awry

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There are the beautiful romantic moments that you see in the movies and then there’s what happens in real life, which isn’t always pretty. Love is patient. Love is kind. It is also awkward, uncomfortable and downright ridiculous, as you’ll find i… [Read More]

When does your family take down the holiday decorations?

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Anna Wintour, the famed editor of Vogue, is known for being a perfectionist. This holiday her 26-year-old daughter, Bee Shaffer, revealed via social media just how far her mother is willing to go to keep things neat. Shaffer posted a photo on Instagram… [Read More]

Photos: Brothers sit on Santa’s lap for 34 years straight

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Most families lug their kids to the mall over the holidays to take that classic Santa photo at least once or twice over the years, especially when the children are young and still believe in the man in the red suit. Every family seems to have that phot… [Read More]

Favorite holiday gifts: Share your Red Ryder BB Gun memory

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In the classic 1983 film A Christmas Story, a 9-year-old boy named Ralphie Parker desperately wants a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas. In the opening scene of the move set in the 1940s, Ralphie is feverish as he’s gazing in a store window at the BB gu… [Read More]

‘Quiet’ Santas welcome kids with autism across the country

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Sitting on Santa’s lap at the mall can be an overwhelming experience. The line of screaming kids and stressed out parents. The holiday tunes blaring throughout the mall sound system. The twinkling lights. A group of carolers. And then there’s the b… [Read More]

Reader photos: Like father, like son 2013

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The love expressed in the Like Father, Like Son photos readers submitted to SFGate was so touching that I found myself wiping my eyes with tissues while creating the photo gallery above. I’m now convinced SFGate should start making Hallmark cards. Ma… [Read More]

Like father, like son: We want your photos

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Have any men out there noticed that the older you get the more you look—and act—like your dad? You find yourself saying things that you’ve heard your father say before. You’re shaving in the mirror and suddenly you feel like you’re looking in… [Read More]

A 12-year-old’s tribute to his mom

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Many thanks to the SFGate readers who submitted tributes to their mothers. We’ve enjoyed sharing your stories this past week. Here’s one more from a 12-year-old boy. A 12-year-old’s tribute to his mom Moms are so important that we should have mot… [Read More]

Reader photos: Like mother, like daughter

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Let’s face it. Women can’t help but be like their mothers. Our mothers are ingrained in us, whether we have our mother’s nose, our mother’s knack for making a perfect pie crust, or our mother’s love for opera. Last week, I invited readers to … [Read More]

Mother’s Day tribute: “My mom overcame the most dire circumstances”

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner and SFGate wants to honor moms. We’re asking readers to email a special photo of their mother along with a 100-word tribute to moms@sfgate.com by May 8. Please include “Mother’s Day Tribute” in the subje… [Read More]
Categories: Holidays