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The power of scents

You learn things in life, like the scent of your mother or the smell of braciole stewing in tomato sauce on a Sunday morning.

Rick's List — Artificial Intelligence Edition

I sometimes think we get so caught up in the raging river of idiocy that is now our society — bellowing, unyielding, ears-stitched-shut, dogmatic nuts on BOTH sides of any argument — that we're overlooking one small...

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Upcoming concerts and shows

Lady Antebellum — Aug. 2 at Mohegan Sun Arena; ticket on sale at 10 a.m. today; $39-$69

Toby Keith — July 4 at Mohegan Sun Arena; ticket on sale at 10 a.m. today; $55-$129

Steely Dan — Nov. 2 at Mohegan Sun Arena; ticket on sale at 10 a.m. today; $36-$66

Daughtry — Aug. 24 at Mohegan Sun Arena; ticket on sale at 10 a.m. today; $30-$55

Los Temerarios — Nov. 17 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale now; $49-$129

Big Al Anderson and the Floor Models — July 6 and 7 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $55

Patti Smith — April 27 at Bushnell, Hartford; tickets on sale now; $75

Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul — July 16 at College Street Music Hall, New Haven; tickets on sale now; $35-$75

Brantley Gilbert — Aug. 24 at Xfinity Theatre, Hartford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. April 26; $29.75-$59.75

Charlie Daniels Band, Allman Betts Band — Nov. 15 at Toyota Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $39.50, $65

DEAR ABBY

Man's skill on dance floor attracts unwelcome attention

DEAR ABBY: My husband loves to dance, and so do I. In fact, we met dancing many years ago. He takes Zumba classes despite his knee problems. I loved Zumba but stopped because it hurt my knees. Many times women have come up...

Reunion with dad threatens to split woman's family apart

DEAR ABBY: I am 28 and recently found my biological father through Facebook after more than 20 years of not knowing if he was still alive. Although I am happy that I found him, I'm scared to let my family — my mom, my...

Girl's severe allergies causing strain with animal-loving aunt

DEAR ABBY: My 8-year-old daughter is seriously allergic to most animals, including cats and dogs. Even a little fur sets her off. She was recently sent home from school sick after she had borrowed a sweater from a friend who has...

Hard-working wife unloads on husband at day's end

DEAR ABBY: My wife and I have demanding jobs neither of us is crazy about. I sell insurance; she manages a hairdressing salon for a large company. At day's end I keep the events of the day — good or bad —...

Girl with Asperger's gets little attention from dad

DEAR ABBY: My husband is more interested in hanging out with his friends than caring about our 11-year-old daughter who has Asperger's syndrome. She's a great kid and smart, but she has challenges and needs help. It falls to me...

Politics put a sudden end to a twenty-year-old friendship

DEAR ABBY: In the last presidential election, I had a friend who voted differently than I did. We didn't try to persuade each other to vote "our" way, but I did share on social media some opinions about people who had taken some...

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