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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

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...

Your stars Oct. 15

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Something that looks good will tempt you, but before you make a move, be observant and consider the consequence of your actions. Don't let someone's bragging make you feel you are missing out or have...

Freshman seeks confidence when interviewing for a job

DEAR ABBY: I am a college freshman. I have decided I want to get a job so I can support myself and pay half the rent in the apartment my mom resides in. I have always been shy because I don't really know how to talk to...

Earthshaking revelation creates sudden new reality for family

DEAR ABBY: I was happily married with three daughters until I found out I had fathered a son two years before I married my wife. The news was a shock to us all. That information was kept from me for 13 years, and my wife is...