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Horoscopes by Holiday for May 26

Leave your assumptions at home. Not everyone got the memo, and out of the number who did get it, half never read said memo because it is practically guaranteed to be long, complicated and boring. In these final days of Mercury in Gemini, brevity is the soul of wit, and one-on-one communication ...

Miscommunications and misunderstandings

Dear Annie: I come from a large family. I was the youngest of four girls, and there were several years between us. Growing up, I barely knew my two older sisters. One of the sisters remarried someone from a different religion, though they were not practicing. Fast-forward 20-25 years and this ...

Intermittent fasting is one more tool in weight-loss toolbox

DEAR DR. ROACH: My adult son has lost over 100 pounds on an intermittent fasting diet (16 hours fasting per day) and now wants to continue fasting in the morning and just eat a heavier lunch and dinner to maintain his new weight. I am not sure that this kind of long-term fasting is good for his ...

Hints From Heloise for May 26

Dear Heloise: Simple question: What is a virus? How can it make us sick? -- Janet in Ohio Janet, with COVID-19 (a coronavirus) spreading around the world, viruses have been in the news a lot this year, so yours is a good question. But the common cold and influenza, among many other illnesses, ...

Today in History for May 26

Today is Tuesday, May 26, the 147th day of 2020. There are 219 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 26, 1981, 14 people were killed when a Marine jet crashed onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz off Florida. On this date: In 1864, President Abraham ...

Today in History for May 25

Today is Monday, May 25, the 146th day of 2020. There are 220 days left in the year. This is Memorial Day. Today's Highlight in History: On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy told Congress: "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is ...

Horoscopes by Holiday for May 25

The Cancer moon forms an auspicious angle to Mars for Memorial Day, stirring the emotional side of memory. Though facts can go foggy in the retrospective lens, the feelings of our experiences imprint on our hearts. Lighthearted connections and digital sharing go great with these last days of ...

Stuck in a cycle

Dear Annie: My mom had a stroke a few months ago. My husband and I are building a house, so my brother suggested it would be easier if we stayed with her to help with her rehabilitation. But the biggest problem is that I'm out of my work right now for medical reasons and am not really able to ...

How well does A1C reflect diabetes control?

DEAR DR. ROACH: In one of your recent columns a writer had Type 2 diabetes with an A1C level usually no higher than 6.2% controlled with oral medication. You said that level is so well-controlled that you wondered if the person needed the medication, and that many experts would reduce or ...

Hints From Heloise for May 25

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. ...

Souhegan Valley Flashback

Wilton will re-dedicate Monument Park and conduct ceremonies with Bent-Burke New Hampshire Post No. 10’s color guard and firing squad at 10 a.m. on Monday.

This Week in History for May 24

Today is Sunday, May 24, the 145th day of 2020. There are 221 days left in the year. ––– Today’s Highlight in History On May 24, 1844, Samuel F.B. Morse transmitted the message “What hath God wrought” from Washington to Baltimore as he formally opened America’s first ...

Horoscopes by Holiday for May 23

In circles of cosmetology, art and design, the word “ombre” describes the blending of one color into another, moving tints and shades to create a graduated color effect. As the moon shifts from busy Gemini to sensitive Cancer, the tones of the day achieve a gentle ombre as we blend from an ...

Hints From Heloise for May 23

Dear Heloise: I implore you to help educate drivers on the “zipper merge.” With all the road construction going on around the country, we all would be so much better off if drivers learned about this. – Diana C., via email Diana, I’d be happy to pass on this information. Readers, ...

Kudos to college students for what they are doing during COVID-19

Dear Annie: There are so many heroes who are all helping us get through the COVID-19 crisis. I want to mention the strength of our college students and the amazing things they are doing in the midst of their difficult lives right now while taking online classes, separated from their college ...

Horoscopes by Holiday for May 23

The Gemini part of the sky is famous for imbuing its visitors with remarkable flexibility. Current customers to the yoga studio in Gemini's district include the sun, moon, Mercury and Venus. As scientist Charles Darwin suggested, "It's not the strongest species that survive, nor the most ...

Today in History for May 22

Today is Friday, May 22, the 143rd day of 2020. There are 223 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 22, 1968, the nuclear-powered submarine USS Scorpion, with 99 men aboard, sank in the Atlantic Ocean. (The remains of the sub were later found on the ocean floor 400 ...

Horoscopes by Holiday for May 22

Planets rally around an auspicious Gemini new moon. Mercury and Venus align in the twin sign, too, followed by more air sign harmony from the sun and Saturn. Group proceedings are incredibly smooth and culminate in brilliant, fair decisions. All feel heard and will galvanize, marching forward ...

Missing a personal notification

Dear Annie: My first cousin died two weeks ago, but not one of her siblings called to tell me or any of my sisters the news. Two of the cousin's siblings have my phone number because I sent them a family Christmas newsletter with my phone number and email in the letter. I finally saw my ...

Essential oil and immune support: many claims, limited study

DEAR DR. ROACH: Many of my friends assert that the use of essential oils "supports" their immune system and reduces their risk of getting sick. They diffuse them into the air at home, add them to water or tea and apply them to the soles of their feet. Are there studies to back up these claims? ...