Rick's List

Ours is an age when absolutely nothing is left to the imagination. And whatever isn’t left to the imagination is nearing intellectual extinction. In the near future, I suspect, we’ll all watch and hear the real-time thoughts at the...

Learning from our mistakes — sort of

While rolling a wheelbarrow full of logs down a path behind our house the other day, I slammed into a jutting rock and the whole load toppled into the mud.


Upcoming concerts and shows

Lewis Black — April 4 at Garde Arts Center; tickets on sale now; $49-$69

Judas Priest — May 16 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $49-$69

The Fab Four — March 15 at Garde Arts Center; tickets on sale at noon today; $35-$55

Hootie & The Blowfish — Aug. 31 at Xfinity Theatre, Hartford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $29.50-$129.50

Thomas Rhett — Sept. 19 at Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport; tickets on sale now; $29-$89

Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, Dave Foley, Joel Murray — April 13 at Bushnell, Hartford; tickets on sale now; $25.50-$69.50




Wife can no longer endure vicious tales man's ex tells

DEAR ABBY: I have been with my husband for five years, and we have two children together. It's my husband's second marriage and my first. He and his first wife, "Gretchen," had no kids, but they did have a long and messy divorce.

Man retiring from the military deploys new rules in marriage

DEAR ABBY: My husband of 10 years is in the process of retiring from the military and is now re-evaluating "procedures" and "policies" of everything — including our marriage. I'm trying to respect his needs in an effort to...

Kids are never out of mom's sight with their grandparents

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have three wonderful grandchildren who live with our daughter and son-in-law in another state. Our daughter will not allow us to take the children out to lunch, shopping, for ice cream or anywhere...

Wife revisits giving support to man's new career plan

DEAR ABBY: I am an older IT professional (58) who had a very successful career until a year ago. I was part of a major layoff at the company I worked at for many years. I have not been able to find a job in the IT field...

Drunk driver's wife has dire warning for other spouses

DEAR ABBY: Many wives write you about problems with their husbands who drink too much. If they live in a community property state, there's something important they need to know. If the husband drives drunk and causes an injury,...

Mom finds it hard to watch son in stressful new marriage

DEAR ABBY: Our youngest son recently married a woman who has an 18-year-old disabled daughter, "Lauren." The girl's mental level is between that of a 2- and 4-year-old. There have been physical confrontations between my new...