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What a choke cherry attracted

The vireos swayed with the stalks, wings fluttering for their balance, the weed laying heavy with their weight and the rich supply of fruit.

Rick's List — RIP Harold Bloom Edition

Scribe reflects on (fake) friendship with late, great literary critic

ENTERTAINMENT BLOGS

BIG TICKET

Upcoming concerts and shows

Brian McKnight — Dec. 5 at Foxwoods' Fox Theater; tickets on sale now; $39, $59

Goo Goo Dolls, Hanson, Andy Grammer, Dean Lewis — Dec. 13 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $35-$65

Marie Osmond Symphonic Christmas — Dec. 6 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $19, $39

Gary Gulman — Jan. 17 at Foxwoods' Fox Theater; tickets on sale now; $34, $44

Under the Streetlamp — Dec. 3, 4 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $65

They Might Be Giants — Feb. 6 at College Street Music Hall, New Haven; tickets on sale now; $25-$35

DEAR ABBY

Boy's disrespect for dad is hard for girlfriend to take

DEAR ABBY: I am in a loving relationship with a kind and caring man, "Byron." He has a preteen son, "Eli," from a previous relationship. Eli stays with us several days a week, and I watch him while Byron goes to work. Byron and I...

Guilt keeps wife in marriage with man suffering with PTSD

DEAR ABBY: I have been married to my husband for 17 years. After several years, I realized he had some depression issues. Ten years ago, after he was diagnosed with PTSD, he stopped working and has been at home ever...

Online gaming separates man from his family and friends

DEAR ABBY: I am a 34-year-old man who is somewhat socially awkward. I want to start dating and hopefully find that special someone. The problem is, I have an addiction. It's not to alcohol or drugs, but to online games. I...

Reader's diagnose mother's loss of interest in husband

DEAR ABBY: "Jumbled in Ohio" (Aug. 10) indicated that her lack of interest in her husband started about a year after the birth of her second child. You recommended counseling, which is needed, but you should also have recommended...

Divorced mother gets cold shoulder at family events

DEAR ABBY: I am a 67-year-old divorced mother of five and grandmother of eight. My marriage to the father of my first four children ended 30 years ago because he was physically and emotionally abusive. After the divorce, I...

Cross-dressing best friend wants to go out as a couple

DEAR ABBY: My best friend and I are both male and 25. We've been friends since third grade. We were apart for four years of college and two years after because we were employed in different states. He has now been transferred and...

Happy smartphone user stops short of being an addict

DEAR ABBY: I have a smartphone, and I love its convenience. I check my email, texts and voicemail three or four times a day and always try to respond promptly. But I do not carry my phone with me every moment of the...

HOROSCOPES

Your stars Oct. 22

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Just do it. Stop contemplating where, how and what to do next. It's time to make a change that will...