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This Week in History for May 17

Today is Sunday, May 17, the 138th day of 2020. There are 228 days left in the year. ––– Today’s Highlight in History On May 17, 1792, the New York Stock Exchange had its beginnings as a group of brokers met under a tree on Wall Street and signed the Buttonwood ...

Nurses offer a hand to hold during a family’s most difficult times

Dear Annie: We hear so many accounts of sick relatives dying alone in the hospital and family members feeling helpless and guilty because they can’t be by their side, even though it’s not their fault. I’m a retired nurse, and I hope I can let these families know that their mom or dad, ...

Horoscopes by Holiday for May 17

These are the last days of the Taurus sun, so it’s fitting we’ll get a last-minute deal from the stars that’s too fun to miss. It’s a trine of the sun and Jupiter, signaling the sort of good fortune that’s better than a gift card because you can use it anywhere at all. Think of it as ...

Horoscopes by Holiday for May 16

This empath's moon reminds us how the ability to resonate and connect with another person's emotions is the essential relationship skill. Those who don't know or care or influence how others are feeling are going to have a hard time making it into the inner circle. Those who do will have a hard ...

Today in History for May 15

Today is Friday, May 15, the 136th day of 2020. There are 230 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 15, 1948, hours after declaring its independence, the new state of Israel was attacked by Transjordan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. On this date: In 1862, ...

Horoscopes by Holiday for May 15

Identity is, to some degree, a story we tell ourselves about who we are. Good stories sometimes involve contrivances, exaggeration and/or a manipulation of facts into a strategic order. There will be lines to draw here, and judgment calls to make, as the sun and Pluto form an auspicious angle ...

It’s time to leave

Dear Annie: I've been married to a narcissist, controlling, antisocial man for 15 years. I am "Frank's" third wife, and he is my second husband. He has two adult children on their own, and I have two children still in college. Our married life has been a roller coaster, with many downs and ...

Pneumonia vaccine still a good idea, even if ineffective against coronavirus

DEAR DR. ROACH: Many seniors, like myself, have received pneumonia shots within the past five years. Since the flu and coronavirus can result in a form of pneumonia in a severe case, would these shots be helpful to prevent or treat this virus even slightly? If seniors are most vulnerable, then ...

Today in History for May 14

Today is Thursday, May 14, the 135th day of 2020. There are 231 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 14, 1940, the Netherlands surrendered to invading German forces during World War II. On this date: In 1643, Louis XIV became King of France at age 4 upon the death ...

Horoscopes by Holiday for May 14

From the curse of winning the lottery to the good fortune of rain on a wedding day, Jupiter likes to blur the lines between good luck and bad luck by sometimes insisting that it's impossible to know the difference, if there even is one. Now Jupiter retrogrades to drive home the point. Look for ...

Helping brother’s ex has caused family rift

Dear Annie: My brother was with his ex-wife, "Liz," for 13 years. They raised three wonderful children together until she left my brother. They've been divorced five years now. I've been the middle person in her and my brother's relationship ever since. Recently, I moved Liz in with me, along ...

Balancing bone health and breast cancer risk

DEAR DR. ROACH: I just read your column about Fosamax and wondered what you thought about Evista (raloxifene). I have been on it for 13 or 14 years because both my sisters have had breast cancer and I have osteopenia. Is this something that can be taken indefinitely, or do I need to stop? My ...

Anonymous helpers might scare seniors

Dear Annie: I am a 77-year-old woman, recently transplanted after 50 years in a different city and province. Due to COVID-19, I am really isolated -- alone in my apartment 99% of the time. I go out once a week to shop, and every two or three weeks I'll go to the laundry room. Four generations ...

Horoscopes by Holiday for May 13

Culture has a greater impact on who we are than we realize. Like water to fish, culture is a given that is only noticeable when it changes significantly or disappears. To understand our culture, we must think at a much higher level than the fish. We must toss ourselves into a state of ...

Some antidepressants require a long tapering period to stop

DEAR DR. ROACH: Would you please speak about the proper way to wean off of Paxil? I have been taking 20 mg daily. To wean off, I took 10 mg alternating with 20 mg every other day for one week, then 10 mg daily for four days, then stopped. After three days, I developed dizziness, nausea, ...

Hints From Heloise for May 13

Dear Heloise: I enjoyed your hint about using cream of tartar on aluminum cookware to restore the shine. It works! I have also used half a lemon in the pot with boiling water. The acid in the citrus gets rid of the dull appearance. Works better than steel wool pads. -- Ruth F., North Canton, ...

Today in History for May 13

Today is Wednesday, May 13, the 134th day of 2020. There are 232 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 13, 1940, in his first speech as British prime minister, Winston Churchill told Parliament, "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat." On this ...

Today in History for May 12

Today is Tuesday, May 12, the 133rd day of 2020. There are 233 days left in the year. ––– Today's Highlights in History: On May 12, 2002, Jimmy Carter arrived in Cuba, becoming the first U.S. president in or out of office to visit since the 1959 revolution that put Fidel Castro in ...

Pandemic activities that make the glass half full

Dear Annie: In the midst of all the negativity toward the coronavirus pandemic challenges, it is easy to look at the glass as being half empty. In some ways, however, the glass is half full. Here is a partial list: In the South, where I live, the pandemic happened during excellent weather, ...

Bowel changes in young woman could be IBS symptoms

DEAR DR. ROACH: My 18-year-old daughter has had digestive problems on and off for a few years now. Her appendix was removed in March 2015. She had brutal abdominal pain, but the ultrasound scan didn't show anything wrong with her appendix. Summer 2018, she started having bad digestion problems. ...