CALENDAR

BITS AND TIPS

FOOD

Margaritas remains a prime dining destination

It wasn’t until my soon-to-be 4-year-old son turned 2 that my wife and I were able to lift our self-imposed banishment from all dining establishments in Connecticut, Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Now that those days of...

COLUMNS

Night flights bring in spring’s first songbirds

For us who have known the frigid mornings, the deep February snow and the short dark days in long shadows, the melody of the first songbird of spring is a joyful moment not soon forgotten.

Rick's List: Fashionista edition

Weekly chorus of astonished woe from The Day's maudlin codger.

DEAR ABBY

Despondent husband wants to break cycle of cheating

DEAR ABBY: I have been married twice. My first marriage lasted 20 years, the second one about four years.

Nonstop talkers take a toll on those stuck listening

DEAR ABBY: I have noticed that some people in my age group (60s) are becoming compulsive talkers. These people don’t ask questions of those around them.

Trauma in teen’s past is a secret she should keep

DEAR ABBY: I’m a 16-year-old girl, just starting to dip my toes into the dating scene. It’s not that I haven’t wanted a boyfriend in the past, but I live in a rural area where options are few.

Brother with repeat offenses doesn’t merit sister’s support

DEAR ABBY: My brother is older than I am and has been in and out of prison. He has stolen my things and pawned them.

Timing is right for plastic surgery, but parents object

DEAR ABBY: I am 23 years old, working full-time as a teacher and I’m about to move out of my parents’ house.

Resentment is the thanks mom gets for helping son’s family

DEAR ABBY: My son, “Rick,” and daughter-in-law, “Amy,” seem to really dislike me. I try to be kind and not pry, but they live with me and it can make for a full house.

Girl who lost her virginity must learn to protect herself

DEAR ABBY: I’m a 17-year-old girl. Last weekend I lost my virginity in the back seat of a stranger’s car

HOROSCOPES

Your stars - April 28

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Revisit an idea that still interests you. The timing is right to start something new.