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Running and chugging around the region

On any given day solitary figures lope along many of the region’s favorite routes — River Road in Mystic, Pequot Avenue in New London, the Niantic Bay Boardwalk, Mohegan Park in Norwich — embodying the iconic loneliness of the...

The perfect paddle: Kayaking around Fishers Island

Having kayaked over the years on virtually all major rivers and in sections of every state in the Northeast I’ve elevated several waterways to five-star status, including The St. John River, Rangeley Lakes and Muscongus Bay in Maine; Lake...

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Woman takes a hands-off approach to blind dates

DEAR ABBY: I'm a single 38-year-old woman. I haven't been in a relationship in more than 10 years because of school, work and kids. Lately, since I graduated, I have been on a string of blind dates. Men seem to want to hold my...

Family communication gap is sparked by dad's disapproval

DEAR ABBY: We are from the Middle East. My younger brother married an American woman and moved to Arizona, where her family lives. Because our dad didn't approve, my brother made the plans behind our back and told Dad in an...

Girlfriend deserves to know about man's abusive past

DEAR ABBY: My brother is in a long-term relationship. Throughout my teenage years, he raped me every chance he got. The emotional and physical abuse has left my life broken. Should I tell his girlfriend about it? I did confront...

Gal pals can't see positives in woman's open marriage

DEAR ABBY: I've been in an extramarital relationship for 10 years. My husband knows, and so do my close friends. I love this man dearly, but neither of us want it to be full-time. I have children at home and don't want to...

Friend finds gender fluidity a hard concept to swallow

DEAR ABBY: I have a longtime friend I see almost every day. She's an awesome friend. Her children are adults. One of them is gay; the other is a transgender male. I respect her for supporting her children, learning everything...

Parents debate whether teens are ready to stay home alone

DEAR ABBY: I've never written to you before, but I'm having a disagreement with my husband. We are taking our daughter out of state to drop her off at college in August. Our twin 15-year-old boys will be starting high school at...

Teen's behavior draws strong words from concerned readerse

DEAR ABBY: Regarding "Needs a Playmate" (Feb. 15), I agreed with your advice to 7-year-old "Jessie's" mom to make it clear that what happened was not her daughter's fault, and that "Jason" was in the wrong. You also addressed...

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Your stars June 25

Happy Birthday: Share your thoughts and feelings. Know what you are up against and remain moderate when asked to pitch in, donate...