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Beat The Boredom

Today’s Sound On is about beating the boredom of social distancing: Dear Heloise: Everyone seems to be going a little stir-crazy with being indoors so much, but believe it or not, there is so much we can do while we are social distancing: * Start by cleaning out those closets and drawers. ...

Man Had Nonchalant Attitude About Locking Up at Night

DEAR ABBY: My husband has a bad habit of forgetting to lock up our house at night when he’s the last one to come to bed. On nine occasions I have gone downstairs after he’s in bed or awakened in the morning to find our sliding patio door or a garage door unlocked. I cannot understand why ...

Grocery And Meal Service Delivery Options

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good grocery and/or meal service delivery options for seniors? My 78-year-old mother has always shopped for herself, but since the coronavirus pandemic hit the grocery store shelves are always half empty, and she’s getting more fearful of leaving ...

Collision with the Virosphere

The world of December 2019 no longer exists. Our lives have been transformed in ways that we could not possibly have imagined. Many would argue, by the way, that the world of 2019 had become irrational, unkind and dysfunctional. Today, those same observers refer to that period-a mere six months ...

A Tear in Artery Leaves Behind Headaches, Vertigo and Pain

DEAR DR. ROACH: Our 44-year-old daughter had an event called VAD, vertebral artery dissection — a tear in an inner artery — which has turned her life upside down. She was very fortunate to have been seen by an emergency room doctor who had heard of VAD and immediately put her on aspirin and ...

Security Camera Captures Angry Man’s Hour-Long Rant

DEAR ABBY: A few weeks ago, my husband and I had what I thought was a minor conflict, from which I walked away to avoid escalation. I could hear him continuing to rant, so I pulled up the security camera on my phone and watched and listened as he continued to say horrible things for an hour or ...

Don’t Count on Portable Oxygen As Protection From Inhaled Virus

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 78-year-old man with severe COPD who is on oxygen 24/7. I use a portable oxygen generator when I need to go to the store or for medical appointments. Does the oxygen protect me from getting virus or flu germs, or is it more likely I will inhale them with the air and ...

Woman’s Focus On Fitness Is Hard For Friend to Bear

DEAR ABBY: I’ve been friends with “Lorraine” for 30 years. Actually, the friendship is kind of one-sided because she bugs the hell out of me. She’s a super-skinny health nut who constantly posts health advice and “uplifting” mantras on social media. Her Instagram feed is filled ...

Do Pneumonia Vaccines Protect Seniors From COVID-19?

Dear Savvy Senior, Do currently offered vaccines against pneumonia provide seniors any protection against the coronavirus disease? I’ve always been bad about getting vaccinated, but this coronavirus pandemic is causing me to change my thinking. Pro-Vax Patty Dear Patty, This is a ...

Wife Resists Her Husband’s Plan to Cut Ties With His Family

DEAR ABBY: My mother-in-law is the WORST! She has no respect for me. She has stolen, lied and gossiped about me numerous times. Each time, I chose to forgive and move on. Recently, my husband made clear that he wants to cut ties with his mother and siblings because they constantly belittle ...

Shine On

Dear Heloise: I enjoyed your hint about using cream of tartar on aluminum cookware to restore the shine. It works! I have also used half a lemon in the pot with boiling water. The acid in the citrus gets rid of the dull appearance. Works better than steel wool pads. — Ruth F., North Canton, ...

Baked Beans Recipe Wins Smiles at Family Gatherings

DEAR ABBY: I love your column. Some years ago, you printed a recipe for baked beans. I believe they were called St. James’ Baked Beans. I have lost my copy. I would get lots of compliments about how great they were at family gatherings and potlucks. Would you please reprint the recipe? — ...

Don’t Assume

Today’s Sound Off is about assumptions: Dear Heloise: First, I’d like to thank you for supplying an actual physical address to contact you. Everyone else in the country seems to think, incorrectly, that we all have a computer, so they only give an online address. They discriminate ...

Late Wife’s Best Friend Stiff-Arms Man’s Interest

DEAR ABBY: My wife passed away, and I have fallen in love with her best friend. She feels she would be disrespecting my wife’s name if she went out with me. How can I let her know my wife would not object to us dating? I don’t know how to get her to understand my vows to my wife have ...

Insensitive Question Leaves Grieving Mother Speechless

DEAR ABBY: My daughter unexpectedly died very recently. A “friend” called today asking how I was doing (quarantine, food, pet food, etc). Then she asked me the most unnerving question: “Do you have ‘June’ with you?” I was floored. So many thoughts came rushing at me at once. June ...

Let Go of Your Negative Childhood Experiences and Get Vaccinated

DEAR DR. ROACH: I will never willingly get a vaccine for anything. I have been sick only once in my life, and it was from a vaccination that I received in the seventh grade. I am now 80. Besides my bad experience, I do not get vaccinations because I do not know what they are. Also, I do not ...

Disinfecting With Bleach

Dear Readers: During this pandemic, it is more important than ever to disinfect surfaces in our homes and items we bring into our homes. It might be difficult to find commercial disinfectants, but you may already have just what you need in your home — household bleach. It is an excellent ...

Churlish Customers Make Life Even More Stressful For Clerk

DEAR ABBY: I work in the deli department of a grocery store and have been struggling lately. With everything that is going on, people are overwhelmed and have been taking it out on us. I asked one person, “How are you doing today?” The response I got was, “I’m not interested in ...

Active Pescatarian Troubled by a High Lipoprotein(a) Level

DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m a 56-year-old-female with very high lipoprotein(a) and am wondering if I should be as concerned about it as I am. I became aware of it in 2018) after I was tested as part of an executive-type physical. After almost two years of looking for a doctor to take my concern ...

Reconnecting With Son’s Dad Makes Recent Divorcee Giddy

DEAR ABBY: I just divorced my husband. We were together for 13 years. The last three weren’t great. After my divorce — which was grueling — I reconnected with my son’s father, and we are in love. Our romance was doomed before it started back then. Our son is now 18, and we are in our ...