DEAR ABBY: I’m a girl of 23 who has never had a boyfriend. Now that I finished college and am a journalist, I have met some guys, mostly from high school and places like that. One of them, who went to my middle school, recently asked me on a date. Another one from high school asked me out, t…

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Fitness in the Park, 7:30 a.m. Saturday, on the festival pad in Elmer Thomas Park, Northwest 3rd and Ferris. Free exercise for everyone. Additional sessions planned July 17 and Aug. 14. 581-3485.

DEAR ABBY: I am a 40-something single mother of two teens. A 24-year-old neighbor with a young daughter moved in next door a couple years ago after her divorce. She recently joined the workforce, and being a single working mother for the last year and a half has been a difficult adjustment f…

LAWTON, OK — A collaboration with Triple Eight has helped Thanh Le release a candidate for song of the summer, The (legendary) JuJu Beans have a new album called "Weird New World" and Uncle Dave and company have created something super cool, and Red Fang's latest release, "Arrows," rings true of a band becoming its optimum self at 16 years together. 

Saturday, the Lawton Farmers Market will hold a Sauerkraut Making Demo at 9 a.m. The demo will be given by Legako Family Farm with fresh cabbage they grow at their farm in Fletcher. The demo is free and open to the public. The Lawton Farmers Market is located at 227 SW 38th Street in the Cam…

Ask any gardener about their gardening experience and they will have some tidbits of information they have found to be helpful. Some of these tidbits have been backed by research and some are just tried and true practices.

DEAR ABBY: I am getting married, and my fiance’s daughters, 19 and 21, are in the wedding party. I have purchased the dresses they are wearing, which are light and flowing. I have told the girls that on the day of the wedding I do not want them wearing thong underwear. The older one then wen…

DEAR ABBY: I’m a gay man who has been in an on-again/off-again relationship for three years. My partner still lives at home with his mother. He has never left the home, aside from a four-month period when he and his mom weren’t getting along.

Choosing a safe sunscreen just became more challenging. A few weeks ago, we alerted readers to the Food and Drug Administration’s research showing that sunscreen ingredients are absorbed through the skin. Some of the chemicals used to protect people from sunburn have hormone disrupting activity.

June is when we highlight Men’s Health. Why? To bring awareness of preventable health issues and encourages early detection and treatment.

OKLAHOMA CITY — As summer approaches, the U.S. is returning to something that looks like normal.

In the column published a few weeks ago, I offered a suggestion as to who gets the family history. That was for all the written items, photographs, etc. you have accumulated over the years.

DEAR ABBY: I can’t stand being around my dad. I love my mom, but no longer respect her because she stays married to him. He’s a narcissistic bully. My brother agrees. My parents and I live in the same town and get together for holidays, birthdays and other events. My brother lives out of state.

LAWTON, OK — Jason Poudrier is the City of lawton's new arts administrator, he hopes to bring his military experience and time as a professor at Cameron University into the role. 

DEAR ABBY: I have been in a relationship with a married man for 2 1/2 years. I know it’s wrong, but there’s just something there between us. We live five hours apart, but he’s a trucker, so I see him often. He makes me all these promises — that if I uproot my life and move to his city he wou…

DEAR ABBY: I am a 30-year-old married woman. My job requires a lot of domestic travel, which I love. My parents continue to ask that I “check in” whenever I fly, and often text or call asking me where I am, even though I provide them my schedule.

DEAR ABBY: Twenty years ago, I reconnected with a childhood friend. When we were in high school together, she used to love telling stories, not all of them true. Most were harmless and cast her as the center of an interesting adventure.

LAWTON, OK — Music as muse has led Zach Holliday on a journey from Pennsylvania to Southwest Oklahoma where he's living his best life as an in-demand musician for some of the strongest talents around these days. 

Many gardeners are looking for an alternative to applying mulch every year to control weeds. One good solution is planting a groundcover that creates a dense canopy that keeps weeds to a minimum and eliminates mowing. Several groundcovers are adapted to our Oklahoma climate that may work in …

For many, summer is the perfect time to run barefoot on the beach or in a grassy park. But if you’re one of the 34.2 million Americans living with diabetes, going barefoot is one of the worst things you can do for your health. Exposure to hot sand, pavement, rocks, trash and debris can resul…

DEAR ABBY: I am having trouble dealing with my wife’s extended family, who are mostly evangelicals. My family isn’t overly religious and some are atheists. Her family doesn’t think twice about asking me if I have a relationship with God, and have even declared that they are praying for me an…

Have you ever heard of authorized generic (AG) drugs? Many regular readers of this newspaper column are up to speed on these products, but others have not encountered them. Even physicians, pharmacists or nurses may not know about this category of medications.

DEAR ABBY: I’ve been dating the same woman for more than two years. She is a beautiful lady who has quite a few male “fans” on Facebook, mostly from before we met. What bothers me, and I don’t understand why, is her habit of posting selfies and then loving the comments from other men about h…

DEAR ABBY: My wife and I separated three months ago. She has moved out into her own apartment. We are not legally separated or divorced. She removed her wedding ring three weeks after she left. I want to reconcile. Whether she does at this point, she’s not sure. She says she isn’t seeing any…

Oklahoma summers can be hot and dry. As homeowners begin to water, they will find certain sites in the yard harder to keep watered than others. So why not plant different landscaped plants in those sites that will survive under dryer conditions?

Maintaining a lush, green lawn and thriving landscape that includes shrubbery, flowers and trees requires time, money and often some sweat equity. However, the beauty that results from such effort compels many homeowners to take on the landscaping challenge.

A traditional lawn may not be right for every property nor desired by every homeowner. There is no denying that lawns take time and effort to establish and daily or weekly maintenance to thrive. Homeowners who find that a traditional lawn is not practical can explore some low-maintenance alt…

A former Lawtonian has released her debut novel “Camp Jane: The Winners Rally Round.” The novel is a humorous reimagining of the work of Jane Austen. 

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been together 23 years. A few years ago, he told a friend of his he wasn’t in love with or attracted to me. I’m the same 5-foot-6-inch, 135-pound woman he married. Recently, he has become increasingly short-tempered.

DEAR ABBY: I was sexually assaulted by my cousin’s boyfriend a short while ago, and it was hard for me to process. When I told my cousin about it, she acknowledged that it wasn’t OK, but made it all about her. Although we are extremely close, I didn’t get the type of support I was hoping for…

OKLAHOMA CITY — The coronavirus has never been a problem limited to people. Since the pandemic’s start, the virus’s potential to impact pets, livestock and wildlife has been a global concern.

DEAR ABBY: I went to lunch with “Anita,” who proceeded to question me about how I know my friend “Gail.” It seems like an innocent question, but Gail and I met in Alcoholics Anonymous. I didn’t tell Anita we met in AA because it would’ve destroyed Gail’s anonymity, so I said we met through m…

DEAR ABBY: My ex-husband and I have two sons together who are 14 and 16. I have always kept things amicable for the kids’ sake, but it came at a high price. I took a lot less in the divorce than I was legally entitled to because he threatened that we “would not have a good relationship.” I d…

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