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Enthralled by the wood thrush

There is a place where cool streams flow and the sweet scent of ferns is strong. It is in precisely such tranquil places that the unobtrusive wood thrush retreats from human commotion.

‘It looks suspicious’: Breast cancer at 31

My breast cancer story began like that of so many other women — I noticed a lump.

ENTERTAINMENT BLOGS

BIG TICKET

Upcoming concerts and shows

The Band Perry – Sept. 25 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. June 26; $29, $49

Diana Ross – Sept. 18 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale now; $50-$80

Lisa Lampanelli – Dec. 18 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. June 26; $45-$65

Tove Lo – Oct. 16 at Lupo's, Provdence; tickets on sale at noon June 26; $22-$30

Nate Ruess – Nov. 13 at Lupo's, Providence; tickets on sale now; $31, $36

The Smithereens – Sept. 19 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $40, $45

DEAR ABBY

Boyfriend’s teen escapade should be regarded as past

DEAR ABBY: I have been with my boyfriend for a little over two years. He recently mentioned that when he was younger (19), he had a threesome (two guys, one girl).

Woman’s belief of parentage needs facts to back her claim

DEAR ABBY: I recently received a Facebook message from a 47-year-old mother of four who believes she is my daughter.

Greet fussy daughter-in-law with open arms and minds

DEAR ABBY: My son is being deployed for 10 months. His wife and baby are coming to live with me, and I am thrilled.

Oldest daughter wants to avoid celebrating dad’s newest child

DEAR ABBY: My father is expecting his seventh child with his current “fiancee.” I am the oldest of six girls; this child is expected to be a son. His fiancee is 11 years my junior — 33 years younger than my father.

Teen fears telling racist parents about her new beau

DEAR ABBY: I am 18 and live with my parents. I have a part-time job and I also attend a local university. My parents and I have always gotten along, and I have been obedient and respectful of their rules.

Mere mention of marriage causes man to run and hide

DEAR ABBY: I am 59 and have a steady, good-paying job. I was married for 20 years, but divorced 11 years ago. I am set in my ways.

Burden of supporting family keeps teen under mom’s roof

DEAR ABBY: I’m almost 20. I have a well-paying job and live with my mother in a small town. My issue is I don’t know how to break away from her.

HOROSCOPES

Your stars - July 1

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Don’t get involved with people or organizations that demonstrate indiscretion or unpredictability.