DEAR ABBY: A friend of mine from college (I graduated four years ago) is incredibly kind but terrible at keeping in touch. She has never been good at responding to texts, but now that we no longer live in the same area, we don’t communicate.

How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected the quality of your medicines? Sadly, we do not have a good answer. That’s because the Food and Drug Administration suspended inspections of both foreign and domestic drugmakers last March.

There are college degrees in landscape designs, bookshelves full of books and “professionals” who have learned from experience how to landscape a house or business. Even though there is all that expertise available many homeowners are interested in designing their own landscape. Here are a f…

Q. I’ve had IBS with explosive diarrhea since my 30s, decades ago. As a result, I was afraid to go out unless there was a restroom close by. Then I read your article about the folks in New Zealand who used a raspberry powder remedy for Montezuma’s revenge while traveling.

DEAR ABBY: I’m a 24-year-old woman who has been married for four years. My husband, “Jerry,” and I have two young boys. Jerry is military. I stay at home with the kids and work part time online on an associate degree. We struggle financially, but our basic needs are met and, overall, I’m hap…

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I are going on 19 years of marriage and have three teenage girls. We have had multiple rounds of marriage counseling, mostly with good results, although the benefits seem to be short-lived. Most of our problems have stemmed from my husband’s drinking or smoking pot.…

A new year is always an opportunity for a fresh start, a new beginning. That’s one of the big reasons so many of us set New Year’s resolutions. Turning the page on the calendar gives us a chance to turn the page on unhealthy habits, resolve to be better, healthier versions of ourselves and l…

DUNCAN, OK — The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center and Garis Gallery of the American West is devoting 2021 to Native American works, beginning with a special exhibition by Comanche artist Timothy Tate Nevaquaya. 

So much of modern animation targeted at children fails to aspire to be anything more than the most vapid of entertainment — filled with flashing lights, bright colors and loud characters that fail to capture the imaginations of anyone above an elementary school age, and ultimately offers a m…

Q. I grew up in the Missouri Ozarks where wild black walnut trees abounded, and I enjoyed them each year in late fall. We had to remove the dried husks (being dry told us they were ready!) and then cracked them with a claw hammer. Cracking them in this manner took special skills, as hitting …

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I have been living together for almost five years. His parents bought a house a few doors down. They pop in whenever they feel like it and even walk into our bedroom while we are in bed. I need this to stop.

A selection of new Adult Mystery books has arrived at the Lawton Public Library, 110 SW 4th. To reserve a book, visit the library website at www.lawtonok.gov/departments/library, then click on “your account.”

Have you looked at your hands lately? Chances are they are red and chapped. Washing your hands is one of the ways you can reduce your chance of contracting COVID-19. So most of us are washing our hands a lot this winter.

LAWTON, OK — Rock and roll is the spirit that keeps Brett Landry pushing towards his dream, Big Pete Piehnik prepares to take a health-related hiatus from performing, and the columnist lays out a musical argument that John Lennon's songs can thread us through this tumultuous time towards a better tomorrow. 

The most attractive landscape is one that provides interest all year long. Carefully selected plants, good maintenance and some creativity can produce a landscape that is pleasing to look at as well as functional.

The Oklahoma Cooperative Master Gardener Classes will be held on Tuesdays in January and February starting Jan. 12, 2021 and go for six weeks ending Feb. 16, 2021. The classes will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To be named a Master Gardener you must attend 12 classes. So this course is offe…

DEAR ABBY: I came to this country 30 years ago, at 16. My parents were very abusive and neglectful, so my uncle in the U.S. took me in. I have worked with therapists, and my mind is clear about my past.

Homes are getting bigger, but it seems like people are still lamenting a lack of storage space.

DEAR ABBY: When my husband and I were first married, I had no idea why his mother and sisters were so hostile. When they started treating our children the same way, my husband finally addressed the issue. We moved out of town, and he finally told me that when he was in his teens and early 20…

As 2020 is now in our hindsight, everyone looks to 2021 with increased hope and optimism that the horrors of last year will be behind us, and the world can progress forward again.

DEAR ABBY: I am a single father of three wonderful kids. When my wife and I separated, we agreed to 50/50 custody and a property settlement. Everything went smoothly. A year later I requested, and was granted, full custody of my children. Their mom has visitation, but that’s it.

DEAR ABBY: My father passed away a few months ago. My brother lives out of state, so emptying the house has been up to me. Shortly after the funeral, my adult son (the only grandchild) arrived and loaded his car with all the toilet paper, paper towels, light bulbs, cleaning products, etc. He…

LAWTON, OK — In 2020, many of us took to the worlds of arts and entertainment to escape the darkness of the world around us. At the same time, many of the artists and organizations that created those moments of escape suffered. 

Q. I have read that high-dose vitamin D did not make a difference when people were admitted to the hospital with COVID-19. Perhaps you should have higher levels of vitamin D circulating in your body when you are first exposed to COVID-19, instead of receiving a massive dose of D after you ar…

A selection of new Adult Romance books has arrived at the Lawton Public Library, 110 SW 4th. To reserve a book, visit the library website at www.lawtonok.gov/departments/library, then click on “your account.”

DEAR READERS: Welcome to 2021! The new year has arrived, and most of us are beyond grateful to leave the last one behind. The worldwide pandemic has sadly touched all of our lives. But this new year brings with it our hope for a new beginning.

What happened to the flu this year? Public health authorities warned us that a bad influenza outbreak on top of COVID-19 would be too much for the health care system to handle. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans to get their flu shots early.

LAWTON, OK — Although 2021 is here, and a lot of 2020 is probably best wished forgotten, there are some more highlights throughout the world of music, including in Southwest Oklahoma. Here's some more good times best remembered from the year that was. 

Homeowners should know about lawn care products and services before they spend money on them. All lawn care pesticide companies have to be responsive to their customer’s questions and complaints about pesticide use to stay in business. Here are some questions that should be asked and answere…

DEAR ABBY: I’m an American man who was adopted as an infant. Several years ago, I found my birth parents. They are not from America. My mother came here to give birth and left. Sometime later she married my father and had more children. I’m in touch with the entire family, but mainly my birt…

We have been hearing a lot lately about voters and/or their records. Voter records may be a valuable asset if you are searching for a missing ancestor. Such a record will not reveal for whom or what your ancestor voter but it can help track the movement of an ancestor and verify the residenc…

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