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Rhody ramble: A long day’s journey begins with a single (mis)step

April 12 After tramping more than 10 miles over secluded forest paths, along quiet country roads, across a few busy thoroughfares, and now, into a residential neighborhood, the three of us were approaching the home stretch...

Rick's List

Does anyone have any idea what Alex Trebek did was before he spent 37 years on "Jeopardy"? No. But long ago, when Trebek jokingly responded to a Xeroxed HELP WANTED — QUIZ SHOW HOST ad pinned to a bulletin board in his...

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DEAR ABBY

Stress of pandemic changes beloved sister's personality

DEAR ABBY: My sister and I are best friends. She has always been caring, empathetic and passionate about helping others. Now, however, COVID has turned her into a real piece of work. Since the pandemic began, she has become...

Man wants to quit trying after wife's multiple miscarriages

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have had a total of six miscarriages — one before our miracle son and five since we began trying for a second child more than two years ago. I always wanted a boatload of children,...

Schedules collide when mother and daugher share car

DEAR ABBY: I am a 16-year-old girl, and I'm having a conflict with my mom over my car. Her car broke down and she needed to use mine, which is completely understandable, and I agreed. However, I have a work schedule I have to...

Family estrangment is hard to explain to kids

DEAR ABBY: I am a woman who has been through a lot. I grew up thinking my grandmother was my mother, my mother was my sister, my uncle was my brother, and my own siblings my nieces and nephews. A "family issue" brought it all out...

Needy woman takes advantage of co-worker's kindness

DEAR ABBY: There is a woman where I work who is emotionally needy. My work is autonomous, but we are in the same group, so I have to interact with her to some extent. Early on, I made the mistake of offering her emotional...

Distance tests strength of military couple's engagement

DEAR ABBY: I've been in a long-distance relationship for 2 1/2 years. We are now engaged, but haven't set a date for our wedding. We are both in the military, and we have maintained this relationship well. But there was a...

Accusations fly after friend develops COVID

DEAR ABBY: A friend of 35 years recently accused me of exposing her and her mother to COVID. She told me she thinks I did it on purpose because I thought so little of them. This is not true! I had been home for eight days...

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Your stars April 22

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Settle into something you enjoy doing, and an unexpected opportunity will come your way. Fix up your...