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Gotcha Day celebrates adoption

Published Feb. 27 2017

Dear Abby: As parents of an adopted child, we were concerned about when we would have "the conversation." Then a...

Keep voicemails clear and to the point; read the find print on vehicle lease

Published Feb. 27 2017

Dear Readers: Sorry, what number did you leave on my voicemail? Here's the Heloise Hint when leaving a voice message...

Store brands measure up?

Published Feb. 27 2017

Dear Readers: Today's Sound On is about store-brand products:

New career mom wants to find right day care

Published Feb. 27 2017

DEAR ABBY: I am a new mom to a sweet baby boy. I am (or was) very career-oriented and never...

Housebreaking requires patience, consistency

Published Feb. 26 2017

Dear Readers: Housebreaking a new dog or a new-to-you dog requires two things above all else: patience and consistency! Here...

Aging mom has health issues but wants to stay in her home

Published Feb. 25 2017

Dear Abby: My father died four years ago, leaving my 69-year-old mother alone. My mother has health and mobility issues....

Calories: They're not all the same to your body

Published Feb. 25 2017

In 1918, when Lulu Hunt Peters published her best-selling "Diet and Health: With Key to the Calories," she was offering...

Don't assume a pregnancy unless you know for sure

Published Feb. 25 2017

Dear Abby: Recently, while making a purchase at a local store and handing the cashier my money, she asked, "How...

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder; don't blame your pains on weather

Published Feb. 25 2017

Q: I'm pretty sure my sister didn't drink during her pregnancy, but my 6-month-old niece looks like she may have...

'Age-Proof' your life: Here's how

Published Feb. 24 2017

In "Secondhand Lions," two eccentric Texan farmers (Robert Duvall and Michael Caine) use their (ill-gotten?) savings to live fuller lives,...

Texting can be a pain in the neck; Shelf liner keeps airline lunch off your lap

Published Feb. 24 2017

Dear Readers: It was bound to happen! With new technological devices such as cellphones, tablets, etc., we have a new...

Daughters blame fiance for divorce

Published Feb. 24 2017

Dear Abby: My fiancee and I plan to be married next year. I met her after she left her husband...

Needy nephew needs to get on with his own life

Published Feb. 23 2017

Dear Abby: My husband's nephew, "Jacob," is 25 and always hanging around our house. He has had a hard time...

Flat-screen televisions require different cleaning methods than older models

Published Feb. 23 2017

Dear Heloise: Do you have any hints for keeping a flat-screen TV clean and dust-free? I've bought a special cleaner...

Cholesterol promotes cancer

Published Feb. 23 2017

A good word to describe Christopher Lloyd's character Jim Ignatowski on the sitcom "Taxi" would be "disheveled." He's a mess—harmless...

Pit bull develops fear of stairs; Maltese mourns deceased master

Published Feb. 23 2017

Q: I have a 2-year-old female pit bull mix named Twinkie. For the past three months, she stopped going up...

Even when children are adults, you still have to deal with ex

Published Feb. 23 2017

So that you, my readers, understand that I also face ex-etiquette dilemmas, here's an ex-etiquette issue I recently had to...

It pays for mom and dad to stay positive about weight

Published Feb. 22 2017

President Richard Nixon's VP, Spiro Agnew, called investigative journalists "nattering nabobs of negativism." But it was the VP who showed...

Daughter's identity as asexual not welcomed by her mother

Published Feb. 22 2017

Dear Abby: I have recently started disclosing to close friends and family that I am asexual (someone who experiences no...

Where's the instant flour?

Published Feb. 22 2017

Dear Heloise: I have a very old "Instant Chocolate Cake" recipe from the '60s or '70s that calls for 1...

Wife hurt by husband who fights dirty

Published Feb. 21 2017

Dear Abby: Because I had a promiscuous past prior to getting married, it was understandable that my husband and I...

Pack bags for family members on the move; recipe alternatives to nuts

Published Feb. 21 2017

Dear Heloise: My hint is for when your family is moving to a new home. Many of us have heard...

Daughter-in-law may want more free baby-sitting

Published Feb. 20 2017

Dear Abby: My daughter-in-law is extremely jealous of the close relationship I have with my daughter. If I spend time...