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Birds and the gypsy moth outbreak

How did you fare during the gypsy moth caterpillar outbreak? I guess everybody got tired of sweeping tiny bits of leaves off their steps, hosing down their cars, and slipping on the millions of droppings. My neighborhood was so bad that the trees...

Rick's List - Fun with Business Names Edition

I was at lunch the other day at Wendy's — giving the wait staff at Bar Americain a bit of a break from my admittedly rude daily visits where I consume Duck Confit with Sour Cherries and Brandy Sauce ($35) and then leave a 75-cent...

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Dad can't be thanked enough for helping daughter pay bills

DEAR ABBY: My wife and I have been married just over a year. It's the second marriage for both of us. Since our wedding, my father-in-law continually "reminds" us that he helped my wife financially after her divorce. He does it...

Wife with sketchy memory depends on husband for help

DEAR ABBY: When my wife was 17 (she's now 54), she was in a car accident. She and her three friends were high and drunk. She suffered two skull fractures, which have affected her memory. She thinks it's my job to remind her of...

Mistress seeking solace still mourns years after man's death

DEAR ABBY: I don't know what to do. I was having an affair with the most wonderful (married) man. I'm sure that he and I were the only ones who knew. He passed away unexpectedly a few years ago. I still go to the place where we...

Aunt seeks the right approach to niece in need of guidance

DEAR ABBY: I am concerned about my niece. She's 18 and a senior in high school. Her father -- my younger brother -- is incarcerated and has been for 13 years. Our families have been alienated, but I'm trying to reach out to...