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Fight The Dark, Light Your World

Friends, I’d love to write to you today about the beauty of the snow or the upcoming Christmas season, but I have a heavy burden that lays on my heart and my words must bear it. That is unfortunate for you, dear readers, if you were hoping to read a tale of wonderment and awe, because I only ...

Is Flynn’s Defection A Death Blow?

Why did Gen. Mike Flynn lie to the FBI about his December 2016 conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak? Why did he not tell the FBI the truth? As national security adviser to the president-elect, Flynn had called the ambassador. Message: Tell President Putin not to overreact to ...

Provoked Clots May Make The Case To Come Off Blood Thinners

By Keith Roach, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I would like your opinion about staying on blood thinners for the rest of my life. In July 2017, a CT scan showed a small blood clot in my lower-left lung. This was an indirect the result of a grade 3 hamstring pull suffered while jogging. I am now on 20 mg ...

Is Flirting Sexual Harassment?

In 2003 a genetics paper revealed that one in 200 men alive in that year was a direct descendant of Genghis Khan (1162-1227). Khan was the Mongol emperor whose armies swept out of the north to conquer pretty much all of Asia. His successors took big chunks of Europe as well. When Marco Polo ...

Husband’s Luddite Attitude Puts A Heavy Burden On Wife

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been together for 40 years. Like most people, we’ve had our good times and bad, but we’ve both been committed to the marriage, and so we’ve made it work. Now I’m faced with a problem for which I see no solution. My husband refuses to learn to use a ...

Anal Fissure Is Painful, Requires Treatment Plan

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband has been diagnosed with a rectal fissure. It has been a couple of months, and it isn’t any better. He has been treated only with a stool softener. What do you suggest? — A.T.S. ANSWER: Anal fissures are painful. Although a stool softener is one part of ...

Years Of Bailouts Fail To Help Sister Who’s Drowning In Debt

DEAR ABBY: My only sister has been “borrowing” money from me every month for years. She has a ton of credit card debt and cannot afford to meet her monthly financial obligations. Last year my husband and I paid her property taxes for her so she wouldn’t lose her house. It was over ...

Meet Jasper: Part III

In the last article, the second of three parts, it provided some important insight into Jasper’s life. He worked a third-shift job and then arrived home to see his children and wife, Jill, off to their days. He performed domestic caretaking duties for a cat and dog, then the home itself. He ...

Where Did They Live And/Or Work?

Thought I’d try to take your mind off of the shopping, decorating, and baking at this hectic time of year, just for a few minutes anyway, and let you focus on something quite trivial and unimportant for just a short period. So, grab another Cup of Happiness, as Jim Roselle used to say, and ...

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Manning The Manager

The heirloom nativity set I had as a child — with figures large enough to be held safely by tiny fingers — was passed on to my firstborn when her own family began. As a replacement I ordered a small set which, it turns out, was made in China. All white, it sits prominently on a table ...

Looking For Santa

Today I go through the times that my family spent looking for Santa. When you are small the idea of Santa is a big deal. I remember well when I found out Santa was not real. I was crushed. A girl friend who had older siblings told me about Santa on the way to our dance class. I remember asking ...

It’s More Than Just Luck

A friend of mine has been developing a business idea for several years. While still doing his regular work to earn a living, he and a partner have spent a significant amount of money on several prototypes and have gotten positive responses to them. They have spent countless hours and dollars ...

What’s On Your List?

Sixteen more days until Christmas! I know there’s a few of you out there who already have it all together: your cookies are already made and are in the freezer; your presents were bought ages go and you just finished wrapping them; you now have time to watch “It’s A Wonderful Life” ...

Pet Toys

I was going to devote this entire column to toys, but I need to add one more book for those who are interested in animal studies. Two weeks ago Scott Shalaway recommended this book, “How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog): Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started Evolution,” by ...

Trump Needs To Take Rosa Parks’ Name Out Of His Lying Mouth

Here comes the most meaningless sentence you’ll read today: Last week, Donald Trump paid tribute to Rosa Parks. It’s meaningless because Trump obviously has no real idea what Parks did or what it meant. If he did, he could never have cursed Colin Kaepernick. Oh, sure, he can mouth the ...

Great-Grandpa Advice: Stifle The Yelling

“Don’t yell.” That is what I had planned to write, now that one great-grandchild has arrived and another great-grandchild is en route. Younger men feel a natural urge to become fathers; middle-aged men feel gratified to become grandfathers. We geezers feel a biological imperative to ...

No, Michael Flynn Didn’t Violate The Logan Act

In December 2016, Michael Flynn was three weeks from becoming the national-security adviser to the next president of the United States. This is a pertinent fact in evaluating the conduct underlying his plea deal with Robert Mueller. Flynn admitted to lying to FBI agents about his contacts ...

Expectations Of An Early Death Puts Man’s Life In Tailspin

DEAR ABBY: I spent an evening with a guy I’ve been wanting to date for some time. After a few drinks he confided to me that he has a serious heart condition. He said he doesn’t expect to live past age 23 and he could die any day. I don’t know the details of his condition, but I’m ...