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Call me by my name

Dear Annie: My daughter, "Connie," left home when she was at 17 to join the army. I was going through a separation, and then divorce, from her father. Before leaving, she was very unruly and hard to handle. So her father and I decided to sign her up for the army since she was underage. I still ...

Be wary of rapid gains in waist size

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 60-year-old female who went through menopause at age 45. My belly has blown up like a balloon, and I am often asked by people in public if I am pregnant. This is embarrassing. I have tried numerous exercises, and they all put a strain on my lower back and cause pain. ...

Hints From Heloise for July 29

Dear Heloise: Having to stay at home more these past few months, we've been grilling more. I hear you have a recipe for grilling beef tenderloin, my favorite cut of meat. I'd like to give it a try. Will you please print that recipe? -- Tommy in Arkansas Tommy, I have a wonderful recipe for ...

Today in History for July 28

Today is Tuesday, July 28, the 210th day of 2020. There are 156 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 28, 1945, the U.S. Senate ratified the United Nations Charter by a vote of 89-2. On this date: In 1794, Maximilien Robespierre, a leading figure of the French ...

Today in History for July 27

Today is Monday, July 27, the 209th day of 2020. There are 157 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 27, 1974, the House Judiciary Committee voted 27-11 to adopt the first of three articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon, charging he had personally ...

Horoscopes by Holiday for July 27

In the modern world, we recreate our experiences constantly. We talk, tell stories, draw it out, map it, take a picture, all in an attempt to share, compare and validate our experience against that of others. We need the feedback to know the nature of our own existence. Venus squares Neptune ...

Cut the cord

Dear Annie: For over four years, I was with and engaged to who I believed to be an incredible man. He was smart, funny and hardworking. We had to live in two separate states for work, but I commuted as much as I could and helped with his bills. I learned six weeks ago he has been cheating on ...

Stress test is the first choice for to look for heart blockages

DEAR DR. ROACH: My primary care doctor prescribed a cardiac calcium test after seeing me breathing hard while climbing onto the examining table. I don't feel a need for it, as I am over 72 years old and it is common in this age. I checked with another doctor and he asked what if you have higher ...

Hints From Heloise for July 27

Today's Sound Off is about weight loss jealousy: Dear Heloise: I have been able to lose 65 pounds with diet and exercise, and although I had to really work at it, the rewards have been great. I have fewer aches and pains, my blood pressure is lower and there has been a significant improvement ...

Today in History for July 25

Today is Saturday, July 25, the 207th day of 2020. There are 159 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 25, 1866, Ulysses S. Grant was named General of the Army of the United States, the first officer to hold the rank. On this date: In 1814, the Battle of ...

This Week in History for July 26

Today is Sunday, July 26, the 208th day of 2020. There are 158 days left in the year. ––– Today’s Highlight in History On July 26, 2002, the Republican-led House voted, 295-132, to create an enormous Homeland Security Department in the biggest government reorganization in ...

Horoscopes by Holiday for July 26

The moon antagonizes as it goes. Let the lunar tensions remind you that though circumstances seem favorable or unfavorable, they’re never really either. Satisfaction depends solely on our interpretation. The joy that seems spontaneously ignited from the outside springs from an inner ...

Horoscopes by Holiday for July 25

The peaceful Libra moon pulls across the sky from Mars in the warrior station of Aries recalling the themes of war and peace. Can one really fight for peace? And how is it "all fair in love" when the rules of war are so strict? The questions may go unanswered, but we are all better for asking ...

Family safety first: COVID-19 pandemic causes change in plans

Dear Annie: We were in the same situation as Divided Family, anticipating an eight-hour drive to New Orleans for a family wedding we really wanted to attend. We decided not to go because of the pandemic but sent not only the usual wedding gift but also the money that we would have spent on the ...

Hints From Heloise for July 25

Dear Readers: How hot is the pavement on a summer’s day? You probably don’t know, because you’ve got shoes on! But our dogs don’t, and it can get blazing hot on the sidewalk and asphalt. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (www.peta.org) has some hints for walking your dog in ...

Today in History for July 24

Today is Friday, July 24, the 206th day of 2020. There are 160 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 24, 1974, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon had to turn over subpoenaed White House tape recordings to the Watergate special ...

Horoscopes by Holiday for July 24

As the moon moves from industrious Virgo to harmonious Libra, the focus shifts from the work that you can do alone to what you might accomplish as a team. What can you delegate? It's not a good day to request a commitment, but favors are very well within the realm of auspicious asks. ARIES ...

Filler in meds is not the cause of reader’s symptoms

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a question about excipients, something you discussed in a recent column about thyroid medication. Twice in my life, I took Celebrex for orthopedic pain. The episodes were about five years apart. Both times, I suffered severe liver disfunction, turned yellow, lost weight ...