Groundbreaking 1946 novel by Old Saybrook's Ann Petry back in new edition

Ann Petry (Submitted)

Novel was first by African American woman to sell a million copies.




Rick's List — Leap Year Day Edition

Happy birthday, you weirdos.

Download my app for making maple syrup

Syrup production doesn’t have to be all that complicated: Drill a hole in a maple tree, insert a spout (also called a spile), collect sap and boil.


Woman feels little connection to mom begging her for money

DEAR ABBY: I was born into a poor family, and my father gave me up for adoption to his well-to-do sister. My narcissistic adoptive mother severely abused me physically, mentally and emotionally as a child, and tormented me...

Husband is unsettled by his attraction to another man

DEAR ABBY: I am a 57-year-old married man. I share a house with my wife and daughter. After dinner last month, my wife and I had a big fight. I can't believe the things we said. In 30 years, it has never gone that far. I...

Happily unmarried couple reaches impasse over kids

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I have been dating for more than a decade. We're nearly 30 now. We are happy not being married, and we both agreed early in our relationship that we would not have kids. All of a sudden, my...

Mom can't be optimistic about son's engagement

DEAR ABBY: My son is engaged to a young woman I'll call Carla. They are currently living with my husband and me to save money and pay off bills. They fight often. Because of this, my husband and I were not excited when they...

Daughter-in-law reaches out to icy family's new fiance

DEAR ABBY: I am very lucky to have wonderful in-laws. I have been married to their son for five years and together for 10. We have one child. My in-laws are divorced but friendly, and my husband has one brother. My question...

Woman is trapped by guilt in an accidental friendship

DEAR ABBY: Years ago, I was friendly with a man from work who was very close to his mom. She came along with us once for lunch and ended up really liking me. From that point on, whenever he and I would get together for lunch, she...

Daughter plans a wedding without a marriage license

DEAR ABBY: My daughter, "Heidi," is 39. She is successful, owns her own business and lives with her boyfriend of five years. I'll call him Rick. They have two beautiful boys, 3 and 18 months. She has decided to tie the knot with...