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Sink or swim: Experts bracing for climate change

Imagine floodwater and high tides regularly inundating downtown Mystic.

The invasion of roseate spoonbills

Spoonbills are heron-like wading birds that resemble the flamingo and behave somewhat like the rare wood storks of south Florida.

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Wife of three decades h as never initiated intimacy

DEAR ABBY: After 28 years of marriage, is it strange that I would like my wife to initiate sex? I would like to know that she is interested, not just me. When I brought it up three weeks ago, her response again was, "We can...

Pandemic leaves man's social skills 'rusty'

DEAR ABBY: I am a guy who is 27. I have always been somewhat shy and reserved, but I do like people and I like mixing. After more than a year of being "locked down" during the COVID-19 pandemic, although I was fine being...

Job search stress impacts family's interactions

DEAR ABBY: I am currently without a job. I hesitated to inform my mother because I was sure her reaction would only add to my stress. I was right. She constantly corners me about my efforts to find a job. I talk to her nearly...

Long friendship takes sharp turn over finances

DEAR ABBY: A friend of 40 years is always saying what she can't afford, yet she owns property, has a 401(k), always finds additional work in her field and buys the cheapest groceries. She won't spend a dime, even when it's...

Cancer patient's wig draws unwanted attention

DEAR ABBY: I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and I'm undergoing chemotherapy. My children are still in school. I have lost all my hair and wear a wig when out in the community. It closely approximates my pre-cancer...

Teen navigates opposing currents of religion, reality

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 16-year-old girl, and I've been struggling a little bit. My family is super-Christian. They believe that members of the LGBTQ community are sinful because of who they are. I do not agree. I have a small...

Woman starting to see through boyfriend's big talk

DEAR ABBY: I am a 41-year-old divorced woman. My two grown children live with their dad. I have been in a relationship with "Sir Talks-a-Lot" for 16 months. I feel like I love him, but I'm having lots of doubts. When I don't see...

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Your stars Sept. 16

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Lean toward those who owe you a favor; you'll get the boost you need to make your way forward. An...