Each hospital feels like a family

Just like with families, some are warm and welcoming and others are dysfunctional and belong on "The Jerry Springer Show."

Rick's List Juxtaposed Press Conferences Edition

My pal Jim Spinnato is a hypnotist and a very good one. It's true that, when I volunteered to be a subject at one of his live shows, he was unable to hypnotize me — which is a shame because he convinced the other...



Upcoming concerts and shows

Michael Franti & Spearhead — Nov. 2 at the Garde; tickets on sale now; $40-$70

Jodi Picoult — Sept. 22 at the Garde; tickets on sale now; $20-$30

The Brothers Four — Nov. 9 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $65

Barnstar — Nov. 10 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $30

The Clairvoyants — Dec. 21 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $45-$85

David Sedaris — Dec. 8 at Shubert, New Haven; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $53-$69



Minister's efforts to comfort sister bring anger, alienation

DEAR ABBY: I have been a minister for 40 years. Throughout most of these years, I have tried to be supportive to my sister. Her oldest child, "Nahla," has been "difficult" since she was 15. My niece cuts herself, uses drugs and...

Your stars Aug. 24

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Look at every angle before you make a decision. Ask yourself if you will be working toward a goal you really want to achieve or if you will be going in a circle instead of moving forward. 4...

Man wants input from wife to plan couple's activities

DEAR ABBY: My wife of 36 years has never introduced me to a restaurant, bought concert tickets or planned a vacation. She seldom suggests movies she wants to see or introduces me to any form of music. She claps her hands like a...

Husband betrays wife's trust by posting nude photos of her

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married 30 years. He is my high school sweetheart and my best friend. We enjoy each other, and I thought we had a great relationship. Occasionally, we "spice up" our sex life to keep things...

Wife is edged out of man's affections by her grandson

DEAR ABBY: My husband, "Doug," and I have had a long and happy marriage. We've raised two children, both of whom are doing well in life. I have much to be thankful for, but I keep having to remind myself of that because I'm...

Girl's maternal grandparents were never told of her birth

DEAR ABBY: My 7-year-old granddaughter, "Hannah," is the light of my life. Her mother walked out on her when she was 2, and her mother's parents don't know she exists. Her mother hid her pregnancy and delivery, and the child has...


Your stars Aug. 25

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Take a moment. You need to chill. Rethink your position in life and where you see yourself heading.