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Son Helps Himself to Contents of Late Grandfather’s House

DEAR ABBY: My father passed away a few months ago. My brother lives out of state, so emptying the house has been up to me. Shortly after the funeral, my adult son (the only grandchild) arrived and loaded his car with all the toilet paper, paper towels, light bulbs, cleaning products, etc. He ...

Last Year Wasn’t All Bad

In this week’s Antique of the Week column, Maureen Zambito has an interesting article about collectible clocks and calendars. I don’t know about you, but I plan to burn all my 2020 calendars in the outdoor fire pit as we stand around and wish the year farewell. And what a year for all of ...

Couch Potato Seeks Assistance for All-Over Arthritis Pain

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 72-year-old male disabled veteran. I started work out of high school in a factory where I did hard but not brutal work. Then went to Vietnam, where I injured my knee and had to be operated on. Next, I worked for an airline as a baggage handler then became a licensed ...

Jealousy Creates A Barrier Between Biological Siblings

DEAR ABBY: I’m an American man who was adopted as an infant. Several years ago, I found my birth parents. They are not from America. My mother came here to give birth and left. Sometime later she married my father and had more children. I’m in touch with the entire family, but mainly my ...

Handling Stress in 2021

Q: I know it may be wishful thinking, but I am SO ready for the calendar to change and put this year in the past. At the same time, I'm worried about how the stress of 2020 has affected me. Do you have any advice for handling whatever comes in 2021? Jim: We're all running as fast as we can, ...

Microwave Dishes

Dear Heloise: I have some plastic and melamine bowls I use in the microwave. They always have a hard substance around where the food is and I can’t get it off. Could you tell me what to use on it? — Ila V., Grant, Mich. Ila, you no doubt have a residential brand of melamine instead of a ...

Attention From Married Man Plays With Woman’s Emotions

DEAR ABBY: I’m someone who doesn’t get noticed often by the opposite sex. So when I do receive attention, it’s a very nice feeling. The problem is, I am getting that attention from a man who is married. In the beginning, I didn’t know he was married. He doesn’t wear a ring, and he ...

St. Jude’s Ranch For Children

Dear Readers: Everybody wants to feel safe, encouraged and loved. Sadly, some kids aren’t blessed with an ideal living arrangement; the teenage years especially can be a time of trial and disadvantage. St. Jude’s Ranch for Children is working to make kids’ lives better. Programs include ...

Discussing Sex Life With Ex Is The Final Straw For Wife

DEAR ABBY: I have been married for 19 years now. A few years back, I came to know about my husband’s platonic relationship with his old girlfriend. She lives in a different state and is married. My husband has long chats with her every day about everything, including our sex life. I ...

Paying For A Doctor’s Visit

Today’s Sound Off is about Medical Care: Dear Heloise: I work in a physician’s office, and I am amazed at how many people get angry over a co-pay or refuse to pay a bill because they think medical treatment should be free. It’s not, and running an office is very expensive. First, ...

Couple With Bright Future Get On Each Other’s Nerves

DEAR ABBY: I know every relationship is different, but how do you know when to stop trying and let go? My boyfriend and I have been dating for a year and a half. Lately all we seem to do is fight or upset each other. I don’t want to call it quits, but I’m tired of being angry or sad all the ...

Sing In The New Year

'When I'm feeling down and blue, I close my eyes to be with you.' Funny how that line from a song keeps playing over and over in my head even though I have not heard the song for years. I, like many of you, have experienced the COVID-19 blues. Conversations with friends, family members and ...

Cookie Cutters Offer Tasty Treat to Collectors

It wouldn’t be Christmas without cookies. Cookie dough has been cut into shapes for thousands of years and several methods have been used to create designs. Molding, pressing, cutting and a combination of these systems have resulted in festive cookies in all kinds of holiday shapes like ...

Blood Thinners Are Critical in First Year After Stent Placement

DEAR DR. ROACH: My 75-year-old wife had two third generation medicine-eluting stents inserted into a branch of the left anterior coronary artery in January 2020. On 75 mg of clopidogrel and 81 mg of aspirin for nine and a half months, she has endured several serious nosebleeds, one of which ...

Fiancee Loses Sleep Over Widower’s Many Mementos

DEAR ABBY: In three months, I will be marrying a wonderful man I’ll call Harold. We are in our 60s and widowed, me for more than 30 years and him just under two years. At first, I thought he had worked through his grief because his wife suffered from early-onset Alzheimer’s and the last ...

Noticing Memory Problems? What to Do Next

Dear Savvy Senior, My mom, who’s 76, has become more forgetful lately and is worried she may be getting Alzheimer’s disease. What resources can you recommend to help us get a handle on this? Oldest Daughter Dear Oldest, Many seniors worry about memory lapses as they get older, ...

For Many OTC Drugs, Listed Dose Covers Most People

DEAR DR. ROACH: In the majority of over-the-counter medication, the dosing references “adults 12 years and older” and then gives a maximum dose. I’m 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weigh 220 pounds. The average 12-year-old is 125-ish pounds. I don’t get it. Are we overdosing the 12-year-olds or ...

Mom Feels Betrayed by Friend Who Snitched on Her Daughter

DEAR ABBY: I have recently found out that someone I thought was a good friend is the person who snitched and got my daughter in serious trouble at school. Our daughters attended the same preschool, middle school and high school. Although they were friends, the friendship was more between us ...

Washing An Iron Skillet

Dear Heloise: The advice to not use soap on seasoned cast iron is a fallacy. It comes from the days when soaps were commonly made with harsh ingredients such as vinegar and lye. It’s perfectly OK to use a gentle dish soap, especially the newer eco-friendly kinds. As a reminder: 1. Never ...

Exposure of Porn Addiction Rocks Marriage of 40 Years

DEAR ABBY: A friend of mine has recently discovered that her husband of 40-plus years has been hiding a decades-long porn addiction. The discovery has caused a problem in their marriage. They have had counseling. He says he wants to save their marriage and has vowed to give up the porn. I ...