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Rick's List — Business Plans for Dangerous Times Edition

It's been a few years, but my wife Eileen and I were driving through the Deep South and stopped at a Walmart in South Carolina to re-up our supply of road snacks and drinks. Wondering if we'd forgotten anything, we strolled around the expansive...

Keep hiking and hiking and hiking on the Goodwin Trail

The Goodwin Trail, which stretches nearly 14 miles between East Lyme’s Darrow Pond and Route 82 in East Haddam, rewards hikers in any season.

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Boyfriend makes a grab for woman's child tax credit

DEAR ABBY: My daughter received her tax refund recently. It amounted to $8,700. Approximately $5,000 is for overpaying on taxes. Approximately $3,000 is the child tax credit she receives for her two children. Her boyfriend, the...

Your stars May 5

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Put pressure on yourself to get things done correctly. Progress will bring you joy and make you proud. Reach out to someone you like to collaborate with, and you will gain stability and the desire to...

Wife discovers man's secret interest in escorts

DEAR ABBY: I just found out my husband has been looking at escorts in the local area. I know he has watched porn, but that never bothered me. When I confronted him about seeing his search for escorts, he said he just clicked on a...

Overbearing boyfriend ruins family get-togethers

DEAR ABBY: We get our children and grandchildren together twice a year. Our oldest daughter is divorced and, unfortunately, has a significant other the rest of our family cannot stand. He's an arrogant, competitive...

Engagement to town 'bad guy' draws warnings

DEAR ABBY: I just got engaged, and I couldn't be happier. But my fiance is referred to by the entire town as the "bad guy" because of his past. He's changed a lot, and I really want this to work out, but people come to me and say...

Family is perplexed by trouble-making sister

DEAR ABBY: My sister is a pathological liar who causes rifts between family members. She tries to turn us against each other. We must constantly check with each other to find out if what she has said about each of us is true. We...

Couple clashes over time spent with sons

DEAR ABBY: My wife and I have been married five years and are raising four children. One is from my previous relationship, one is from her previous relationship and two are ours. We both have joint custody. My son goes to school...