Motherhood hits home for Kelly Clarkson, in life and music


In life and music, motherhood hits home for singer Kelly Clarkson

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BITS AND TIPS

COLUMNS

Hail to the hellebore

Connecticut gardeners have been missing out on one of the most iconic of spring plants, thanks to the perpetual snow. But not to worry, because the showy sepals of the hellebore are probably already out and happy, and they will be around...

Goodbye winter, welcome spring

Take heart, spring is upon us.

BIG TICKET

A look at upcoming concerts and shows

Juanes - Aug. 21 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale now; $35-$76

Meghan Trainor - July 4 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. March 20; $45

UB40 - Oct. 30 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. March 20; $35-$55

The Eagles - July 15 at XL Center, Hartford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. March 21; $49.50-$179.50

Flogging Molly, Gogol Bordello - June 18 at Toyota Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford; tickets on sale now; $32.50, $42.50

Steve Miller Band - June 20 at Toyota Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford; tickets on sale now; $45-$75

Let's Hang On - May 21 at Foxwoods' Fox Theater; tickets on sale now; $34.95

Falling In Reverse - May 13 at The Dome at Oakdale, Wallingford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. March 20; $23

DEAR ABBY

Short-cut cooking is source of guilt for busy new wife

Dear Abby: I am a full-time working woman, part-time student and new wife to an incredible husband.

Daughter-in-law who flashes needs message to cover up

DEAR ABBY: My fiance, “Jerry,” has a daughter-in-law who flashes both of us intimate parts of her body.

Mom with breast cancer does not need shielding from life

DEAR ABBY: My wife has stage 4 breast cancer. She is only 51, and our most optimistic prognosis is three to four more years.

Man stays on the sidelines when family talks sports

DEAR ABBY: My family is big on sports and discusses them at every gathering, big or small.

Manipulative twin won’t get help for chronic alcoholism

DEAR ABBY: My twin brother is an alcoholic and homeless.

Birthday cash buys groceries and gas instead of baubles

DEAR ABBY: My birthday was last week and my boyfriend gave me $100 cash to spend on myself.

Casual remark cuts deeper than what friend intended

DEAR ABBY: My wife, “Tina,” was very hurt by a friend recently.

HOROSCOPES

Your stars - March 26

ARIES: Look on the bright side and make plans to do something a little different.