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'Why We Swim' author Bonnie Tsui guests Thursday for 'Read of The Day'

Bonnie Tsui (Lynsay Skiba)

In general, samurais score very highly on the pop culture favorability charts. However, there is a most impressive but relatively underappreciated way of the samurai. It's called Nihon eiho — a type of classical Japanese swimming that dates back to feudal times and evolved because, as...

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BITS AND TIPS


Wally Lamb, Chris Bohjalian in virtual book talk Tuesday

In a virtual book discussion at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wally Lamb will interview Chris Bohjalian, bestselling author of the new novel "Hour of Witch." The event, hosted by Bank Square Books and Savoy Bookshop & Cafe, is free but...

COLUMNS

How to tie a bowline knot and other useless information

Thinking about taking up a new outdoor activity? Here’s a helpful guide to get you started.

Whistler's father

He was a civil engineer who played a major role in transforming sleepy little Stonington village into a 19th-century transportation hub.

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DEAR ABBY

Family member wants flow of unwanted junk to stop

DEAR ABBY: Like many people in this country, my family has an aversion to throwing things out that might still be useful. Rather than load up the van and head to Goodwill, they give the stuff to me — partially used...

Child's beauty attracts uncomfortable compliments

DEAR ABBY: I have been blessed with a gorgeous 4-year-old daughter who is (even more importantly) smart, funny and kind, but I have an issue. Every time we go anywhere or meet someone new, the person feels the need to comment on...

Mixed signals frustrate best friend who wants more

DEAR ABBY: I'm a lesbian. There's a girl I have liked for a little over a month. We are like best friends. When I told her I was attracted to her, she basically friend-zoned me, which hurt. Then she told a mutual friend she was...

Sister-in-law is burderned by knowledge of man's philandering

DEAR ABBY: My husband works out of town with his brother, who is married. While I'm not close to my sister-in-law, I like her just fine. My problem is, my husband keeps sharing with me that his brother is unfaithful while...

Long-married man remains in the closet

DEAR ABBY: I have been married more than 25 years and have kids. I'm also gay. I always have been, but when I was a teenager, it wasn't acceptable and I always believed I would just outgrow it, or learn to live with it. Then came...

Avid cook savors joy on guests' faces

DEAR ABBY: I have come to realize that the best thing a person can do for anyone is to cook something for them. I enjoy the expression on their faces when they take the first bite, and the positive compliments I receive. I...

Disabled son is left off wedding list

DEAR ABBY: I have been married to my second husband for more than 15 years. My 30+-year-old son from my first marriage, who was born disabled, lives with us. He walks and talks, but cannot be left unattended. He also needs...

HOROSCOPES

Your stars May 17

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Take it easy. Refuse to let anyone bring out the worst in you. Control your emotions, and don't let...