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Gift-Giving This Season

Dear Readers: We are always looking to save money, but the holiday season can be particularly challenging. We want the best for our families, but how can we give without breaking the bank? We face a lot of pressure: TV commercials tell us to spend, spend, spend; kids and grands want what they ...

COVID Causes Rift Between Nurse’s Boyfriend, His Sister

DEAR ABBY: I am a nurse in New York City. My boyfriend lives in Philadelphia. During the height of the pandemic, we didn’t see each other because I worked on a COVID unit and contracted the virus. His sister became very controlling and kept urging him not to see me, which brought me great ...

Not So Neighborly Neighbors

Today’s Sound Off is about yard maintenance: Dear Heloise: With the fall comes yard maintenance: cutting trees back, mulching and raking leaves. Two of my neighbors use those blowers that blow leaves and debris out into the street, but unfortunately they don’t bag the leaves and twigs. ...

Coin Collector Is Blindsided by Wife’s Sale of Gold Piece

DEAR ABBY: My wife recently came back from a gold/silver/coin merchandiser event and told me she had sold an old U.S. $5 gold piece (for probably less than it was worth). I was hurt, not only because I have a coin collection and would have been interested in knowing about and seeing the coin, ...

A Fashion Plate In Plaid

There is a lot of serious business happening in the news these days. I don’t know about you, but the statistics on the COVID-19 cases and deaths are trying my soul. While I feel terrible for the families who have lost loved ones, and send them my prayers, I will try today to bring a smile to ...

Antiques Bring Beauty to the Holiday Table

As we enter the holiday season, things aren’t quite right. Thanksgiving had no traditional outdoors Macy’s Day Parade, no big gatherings and instead featured mask-wearing, social distancing and small groups. It is a holiday like no other that’s for sure. However, we must prevail and ...

There Is Help For People Who Have Difficulty Swallowing Tablets

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 78 and have some difficulty swallowing. I must take calcium and magnesium tablets, and they are very large. I have to chew them to get them down properly. I have actually choked on pills in the past. But chewing some tablets gives a terrible taste. Any suggestions? — ...

Letters From Elderly Dad Are Only Thinly Veiled Criticisms

DEAR ABBY: I could use some advice on the best response to my 89-year-old father’s letters. He cleverly inserts insults into them without writing anything for which he could be criticized. For example, he has always talked about how he hates fat people. I am very overweight. My father sends ...

Valley Hospice Employees Donate to Local Charities

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many charities wondering how they will make ends meet. Valley Hospice is proud to announce that they recently presented 10- local charitable organizations with donations as a part of its Together We Can initiative. The donations totaled $5,000 and were a ...

Getting Organized

Dear Heloise: I read your helpful hints every day in the paper. I bake a lot, and I make sure I add all the ingredients in the recipe. I put all the ingredients in a row on the counter as they are listed on my recipe. After I use them, I put them away in the cupboard. No more guessing if I ...

Daughter Dishes Out Criticism But Can’t Take It From Mom

DEAR ABBY: Recently, I kindly and lovingly gave my daughter some feedback on how she berates her husband in front of my 8-year-old grandson. I told her I didn’t want him to grow up thinking that’s how we treat the people we love. To make a long story short, she said that if I wanted to ...

Good Manners Are For the Road, Too

Today’s Sound Off is about bad driving habits. Dear Heloise: All cars come with turn signal capabilities, so why is it some drivers never seem to use them? I nearly had an accident today when a driver didn’t use his signals to indicate that he was changing lanes. I may have been in his ...

Twins Are Divided Over Mom’s Treatment for Terminal Cancer

DEAR ABBY: My 63-year-old mother has recently been diagnosed with stage-4 metastatic lung cancer. Even prior to her diagnosis she was a negative and depressed person. She has been a smoker, drinker and backseat driver for almost 50 years. She has undergone intense radiation but is refusing ...

Savvy Senior: How to Track Down Old Friends Online

Dear Savvy Senior, I’m interested in tracking down some old friends I’ve lost touch with over the years but could use some help. What websites can you recommend that can help me find them? Tracking Tom Dear Tom, Thanks to the Internet, tracking down long-lost friends from many years ...

The Hall Closet aka The Phone Booth

I know what you’re thinking. The photo accompanying this column is of — well — a sampling of some ugly wallpaper from the 1960s. Patriotic wallpaper was in vogue during the ‘60s as evidenced by this pattern that my mother slapped on the walls of a large closet located in the ...

Blue and White China Remains Popular on the Table

Blue and white china is one of the most popular collectibles ever. With its clean look and easy to use style, this is no surprise. Blue and white china can be incorporated into so many decorating schemes, and for those lacking a motif, blue and white is an easy way to make a decorating ...

Must Son Wait Until He’s 50 to Get Shingles Vaccine?

DEAR DR. ROACH: In your recent column referring to the shingles vaccine, you do not mention younger adults. My son had a very bad case of chickenpox when he was only 6 months old. He is now 40 years old, and earlier this year had an attack of shingles that affected the area behind his ear. He ...

One-Upmanship Habit Tests Limits of Woman’s Friendship

DEAR ABBY: I have a good friend I’ll call Josie. She’s kind, generous and always willing to help. There is only one problem — she lies. The lies she tells are ridiculous. I find myself getting more and more angry as she stumbles through her stories. If someone makes a comment, she ...

Physicians Must Use Best Practices In COVID Treatment

DEAR DR. ROACH: Is there a difference between COVID-19 treatment in academia vs. the real world? I had a telemedicine appointment the other day to see my internist, and he said to call right away if I developed symptoms consistent with COVID. He would order tests for me and start me right away ...

Family Ties Break Down After Mom Moves Away

DEAR ABBY: Since I moved eight years ago, my son, “Jim,” has visited me only once, and that’s because I gave his son my car. I rarely hear from him, and when I have visited, we barely talk. We have totally different ideas on life, and it has caused a rift in our relationship. When I ...