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The joys of 'vigorous debate'

My friend Dick Humphreville and I tend to argue often for the sake of arguing. Not hard to do with a guy who talks as much as Dick — though he prefers to call it “vigorous debate.”

Rick's List — Desperate Times for Sharp-Dressed Man Edition

You can't see it, of course, because I write for a newspaper, but as I type this I'm wearing a dove gray jacket and slacks by Alexander McQueen; a V-neck T-shirt with a likeness of Kenny Rogers from ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo's "Ironic"...

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DEAR ABBY

Man uses family gas money for birthday party tattoo

DEAR ABBY: My family just came back from a relative's after a weekend visit. The occasion was a birthday party, and he had a tattoo artist come over. My boyfriend — the father of our 14- and 3-year-olds—- spent...

Many reach out to offer help to grieving widower

DEAR ABBY: Your advice to the grieving widower "In Need of Someone" (June 22) was spot on. I met my husband when I was 14. We married at 18, and he died when he was 44. After his death, I had no idea how to be a person because I...

Man wrapped up in his world has little to give his family

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married for 30 years. He has always been self-centered. We have discussed this over the years, and it hasn't changed his disposition. I bought him an "It's All About Me" coffee cup years ago...

Plan to move south becomes roadblock to the altar

DEAR ABBY: I am a 41-year-old woman who has been with my fiance for eight years. Before we decided to become a couple, I made clear to him that if he had no intention of moving south once my kids graduate, he should not get into...

Wife starts to resent man's constant demand for gifts

DEAR ABBY: I feel uncomfortable receiving gifts, and I find it hard to meet my husband's requests for constant gifts, especially when I feel I already give so much. He constantly asks me to buy him things, some of which are very...

Warring kids are barriers in couple's relationship

DEAR ABBY: I got married to a wonderful guy 14 years ago, but after a year of marriage, our children (his 10-year-old and my 12- and 13-year-olds) couldn't stand one another and caused a lot of problems. I was brokenhearted when...

Mom makes snide remarks about new boyfriend's weight

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 35-year-old single mom. I've dated a few people over the last seven years, but none of them wanted to commit. Several months ago, I started seeing "Joey," a friend of a couple of years. He's sweet, respectful,...