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Outgrown this relationship

Dear Annie: I've been in a relationship with "Stuart" for almost three years now. In that time I've grown a lot, working to become healthier physically, mentally and financially. I eat healthily and work hard at my job. I no longer drink alcohol. I want to be the best version of ...

No need to wait to get COVID vaccine after testing positive

DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife and I tested positive for COVID-19 on December 20, 2020. Due to our ages, we qualify to receive a vaccine now. But we have heard and read conflicting advice relating to the appropriate vaccination timing for people who have tested positive, ranging from get it as soon as ...

Hints From Heloise for April 2

Dear Heloise: We have discovered a great use for last year's Christmas tree. We placed it outside, as close as possible to the birdfeeder. The birds used it as shelter between feedings. It also served as a prop for suet cake holders, which the birds love. Of course, here in New England we make ...

Today in History for April 1

Today is Thursday, April 1, the 91st day of 2021. There are 274 days left in the year. This is April Fool's Day. Today's Highlight in History: On April 1, 1954, the United States Air Force Academy was established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. On this date: In 1789, the U.S. ...

Horoscopes by Holiday for April 1

Among the 78 cards that make up the tarot exists a card without a number. The Fool card is either counted first or last, and, indeed, the ambiguity doesn't stop there. In some tarot card games, it is considered a wild card to be played at various values, or to excuse the player from following ...

Ditching the cheating boyfriend

Dear Annie: My boyfriend and I have been together for 10 years. Everything was good until three years ago when a woman contacted me to tell me that she'd been seeing him. She apologized to me for it. After we got off the phone, I found her on Facebook and realized that they'd been "liking" each ...

Compressed abdominal artery leads to aneurysm surgery

DEAR DR. ROACH: What is celiac artery compression syndrome? I'm told I have this, and it's causing an aneurysm that needs to get repaired. I found out on a scan taken for another reason. I have had some pain after eating. -- I.J.M. ANSWER: The celiac artery is one of three large arteries that ...

Hints From Heloise for April 1

Dear Readers: Here we go ... the air fryer. Do you have one? What do you think of it? How do you use yours? The air fryer has been around for about 10 years, drawing foodies away from the traditional convection oven, which became standard in homes in the 1940s. Because the air fryer is a ...

Today in History for March 31

Today is Wednesday, March 31, the 90th day of 2021. There are 275 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 31, 1931, Notre Dame college football coach Knute Rockne (noot RAHK'-nee), 43, was killed in the crash of a TWA plane in Bazaar, Kan. On this date: In 1814, ...

Horoscopes by Holiday for March 31

The most powerful influence is that which goes almost unfelt. It's embedded in the backdrop. It's as constant as the sunrise and as integrated into a daily rhythm as the sunset. As you seek to make a change, think about building its reinforcement into your environment. What quiet dailiness ...

Choosing positivity

Dear Annie: Just wanted to say thank you for including the letters from people who really love and appreciate their spouses. Life has been difficult lately for many of us, and reading positive words is uplifting. Dwelling on people's often-petty complaints makes me feel down while reading ...

The best treatment plan is one the patient will follow

DEAR DR. ROACH: My doctor is insisting I take cholesterol medicine after I've refused to take it for years. I am 66 years old, and my total cholesterol is 301 (triglycerides 76, HDL 83 and LDL 206). He has prescribed rosuvastatin, 20 mg a day. I feel with my triglycerides and my HDL being good ...

Hints From Heloise for March 31

Dear Heloise: Did you know that bread heels make great hamburger buns? I save them in a plastic bag in my freezer, then quickly thaw them out when I want to use them. I brown the cut side under a broiler for a toasty flavor. They don't leak or get soggy. -- Annie W., Macon, ...

Today in History for March 30

Today is Tuesday, March 30, the 89th day of 2021. There are 276 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot and seriously injured outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by John W. Hinckley, Jr.; also wounded were White House press ...

Horoscopes by Holiday for March 30

Venus, in the realm of individualism, calls out to Saturn, in the realm of the collective. They discuss how the whirring mind often calculates the benefits and detriments as seen in one moment by one person, while the beating heart connects with a larger picture and comes up with answers to ...

Caretaking and children

Dear Readers: On International Women's Day, March 8, I answered a reader who has three boys and wants to add a girl to their family. Her husband is wary because, if they have another baby, it might be another boy. But his wife said that even if there is another boy, she will be happy and love ...

An injection in the arm can protect the whole body

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have had over 50 vaccinations in my life (I'm 78), most of them while I was in the military. I have often wondered how the vaccine spreads throughout the body, as the shots are almost always given in the upper arm. I would welcome your explanation of what exactly takes place. ...

Hints From Heloise for March 30

Dear Readers: If you are flying out of the country, you may be required to show a negative COVID test before you board the aircraft. As life begins to return to normal and travel restrictions lift and folks are traveling more, some airlines are offering COVID tests. There are several ...

Today in History for March 29

Today is Monday, March 29, the 88th day of 2021. There are 277 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 29, 1974, eight Ohio National Guardsmen were indicted on federal charges stemming from the shooting deaths of four students at Kent State University. (The charges ...

Horoscopes by Holiday for March 29

Mercury, the planet of communication, draws a technicolor connection to Neptune, the planet of dreams, mixing up the alchemy of magic moments and visions with much further-reaching effects. As Paul Williams wrote, "(W)ait and see/ Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection/ The lovers, the ...