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Young Man Debates Merits of Keeping His Virginity

DEAR ABBY: I’m a 28-year-old male who is still a virgin. I always wanted to be intimate with a virgin female for my first time, but I have never met one. I’ve had opportunities for sex but refrained because she wasn’t a virgin. The older I have gotten, the harder it has become to achieve ...

Hard Sugar

Dear Heloise: When my brown sugar turned into hard lumps, I put it in the microwave and it softened, temporarily. I decided to put the hardened sugar in plastic resealable bowls with lids, and surprise! It softened right up and was ready to use. — Anna in New York ONE-POT CHICKEN Dear ...

CDC Office Protocols

Dear Readers: The global COVID-19 pandemic has caused now-reopened businesses to rethink office space. What changes should be made, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov)? Let’s take a look: * Desks and chairs are 6 feet apart, per social distancing ...

Dad’s ‘Tall Tales’ Come Up Ever Shorter on the Truth

DEAR ABBY: My father, who is in his 60s, has always been a storyteller, but since retirement his tales have gotten longer, and so has his nose. I suspect he’s concerned about his waning influence in the world and that’s why he puffs himself up. He tells people he has academic degrees he ...

Political Antiques — Winners Every Time!

Though politics seem divisive at the moment, in the world of antiques, elections offer a way to get together and have some fun. History buffs, party activists and collectors of all ages enjoy reminders of hard-fought races and meaningful issues in our political past. This year’s ...

To Keep Or Let Go

I should have known better. The other evening, my husband and I ventured into the basement to search for a particular box of items. Descending the stairs into the cool block basement my head began to swim. I don’t know why so much of 46 years of togetherness ends up in boxes in the ...

Vaccines Are OK For Those Who Have Had Polio

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a woman in my late 70s, a 1949 polio patient. For forever I have been told that because of poliomyelitis I cannot tolerate any preventive inoculations, including flu, pneumonia, shingles, etc. I was allowed to get flu shots when they first became available; however, when ...

Man’s Affair With Neighbor Reaches a Moment of Truth

DEAR ABBY: Last night I visited my 47-year-old son. After a 23-year marriage, he is going through a nasty divorce. While I was there, he asked my opinion about what he should do regarding a “situation.” A 62-year-old female divorced neighbor, who looks much younger, befriended him, and ...

How Do You Know When You Really Need Blood Pressure Meds?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m a 71-year-old female who is basically in good health. I am active and still working. I usually walk 3 miles per day, five days per week, and try to stay limber by doing strength training and stretching to enhance my health. I eat healthy with low salt and hardly any ...

Long-Ago Divorce Remains Source of Constant Criticism

DEAR ABBY: I desperately need to learn how to cope with caring for my mother, who is living with me. We get along most days, however she is very much a “Negative Nancy” on all topics, especially my life. I have been divorced for more than 10 years, but she digs about my ex and his new ...

Save Those Jars

Dear Heloise: When I am finished with a jar containing spaghetti sauce, olives or another food product, I wash it out, remove the label, rinse and dry. I have a small box of clean jars to put flowers in to deliver to my friends or people in care centers. They do not have to worry about ...

Wife Looks for Words to Heal Man Cut Down By His Mother

DEAR ABBY: My husband’s mother recently told him he no longer matters to her because he is an atheist. His mother is supposedly a Christian, but she rarely acts like one. It has left my husband devastated and feeling more lonely than ever. I can’t find the right words to comfort him when ...

Care Bags

Dear Readers: In tough economic times, it’s not uncommon to see people who may be down on their luck and out on the street asking for money. It can put you in a tough spot — you don’t want to see someone go hungry, but at the same time, you don’t want to give them cash. Here’s a ...

Man Pines For Wife Who Left Without Giving An Explanation

DEAR ABBY: My wife left me a little over two years ago, and I can’t seem to get over it. All she said was that we had an “emotional disconnect.” I don’t believe she was unfaithful. All I can think about is being with her, and I cringe if I think about her being with someone else. ...

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

Today’s Sound Off is about irresponsible neighbors: Dear Heloise: Last week my neighbor’s three large dogs tore down a section of my fence in the backyard. I brought this to the attention of my neighbor, who said he’d fix it. He took a rusted piece of tin and nailed it to the fence on ...

Down-in-His Luck Roommate Turns Out to Be A Hoarder

DEAR ABBY: Last month, I found out a friend of mine was going to be living out of his van. I couldn’t let him do that, so I offered him my second bedroom and put him on the lease. He told me Uber doesn’t pay much, and he couldn’t afford half the $1,700-a-month rent, so we agreed he ...

A Message From Nature

A red-tailed hawk, a bobcat and an eagle — no, this is not the beginning of a bar joke. This past week brought all three of these wonders of nature to our rural neighborhood. My husband and I saw the hawk in our backyard. It was on the ground along the tree line. We thought this was ...

Dear Annie: How To Make Friends When You’re Older

Dear Annie: How do you make friends when you are older? I am 60 years old, and I’ve never been a “joiner” or good at making friends. I do have a couple of friends who I see once in a while, but I haven’t had a best friend since high school (and she wasn’t that good a friend, it turned ...

Dear Abby: Widower Regrets Not Having Living Will Handy at Hospital

DEAR ABBY: I would like to address a problem I’ve never seen in your column. A lot of people have living wills but most don’t remember what’s in them. My wife went to the hospital for a routine procedure that required anesthesia. After three hours of what was supposed to be a one-hour ...