At least seven children were killed in a blast that hit downtown Gaza City. Those wounded were rushed to Gaza City hospital on Monday. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
A team on horseback, including ranch manager Cliff Cole, round up almost 1,100 head of cattle for shipping to feed yards on Thursday, July 17, 2014, in the Flint Hills southwest of Emporia, Kan. (Keith Myers/Kansas City Star/MCT)
San Diego friends Elizabeth Walsh, left, and Traci Haze, right, clown around for a photo with a model of The Hobbit's Gollum at Comic-Con International in San Diego this week. (Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
Soccer offers an escape from political troubles for fans as the Dynamo Kiev play Vorskla in Kiev. (Matthew Schofield/McClatchy Washington Bureau/MCT)
Studying Espanol in Oaxaca
A gold head from the nearby ancient city of Monte Alban is on display in September 2013 in the cultural museum of Oaxaca City, Mexico. Attending a language school, such as the several options in Oaxaca City, can be a great way to experience a country. (Brian J. Cantwell/The Seattle Times/MCT)
Two marbled murrelets swim near Lopez Island in Washington. They are part of a survey counting marine birds in Puget Sound. (Steve Ringman/Seattle Times/MCT)
Homemade ice cream
Britton Bauer's ice cream recipe relies on cornstarch, not egg yolks, to thicken, and adds insurance in the form of a dab of cream cheese. (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune/MCT)
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Ana Veciana-Suarez is an award-winning columnist for The Miami Herald who writes about family, education, women's and social issues. She is the author of two books, "The Chin Kiss King" and "Birthday Parties in Heaven: Thoughts on Love, Life, Grief, and Other Matters of the Heart."
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