Lessons learned could fill a book

“Mistakes build character.” My mother told me that a lot.

Rick’s List: Random Email Notifications Edition

Pundit longs for variety in congratulatory email blasts



Upcoming concerts and shows

Amy Schumer — March 2 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 13; $54-$134

Ja Rule, Ashanti — Feb. 17 at Foxwoods' Fox Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 13; $55-$70

U2 — June 25 at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 17; $75-$285

Green Day — Aug. 29 at Xfinity Theatre, Hartford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 13; $30-$89.50

Big Sean — April 7 at Dome at Oakdale, Wallingford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 13; $49.50

Kiefer Sutherland — Feb. 19 at Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center; tickets on sale at noon Jan. 14; $75


Learn to manage anger before exploding at kids

DEAR ABBY: I am a 23-year-old woman, and I know I should have a lot more patience than I do right now.

Mom and ex at loggerheads over daughter’s cellphone

DEAR ABBY: I bought my 11-year-old daughter a cellphone.

Photo of mom in body bag infuriates grieving daughter

DEAR ABBY: My mother passed away in my home almost exactly a year ago.

Sister worries hotel plans might insult rest of family

DEAR ABBY: My sister and her family recently moved out of state after having lived near our family all her life.

Shy guy needs some help putting best foot forward

DEAR ABBY: My friend “Russ” is a sweet, quiet, reserved guy with a goofy side.

High school friend turned enemy continues her attacks

DEAR ABBY: I need your help in dealing with an old “frenemy.”

Girl who shies away from gym can enjoy a good, long walk

DEAR ABBY: My mom wants me to exercise more.


Your stars - Jan. 18

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Emotions will come between you and making the right choice ...