Have you ever tried to fall asleep with a mosquito whining near your ears? The sound can be nerve wracking. Now imagine crickets chirping or a tea kettle whistling without stopping. That’s what tens of millions of people have to contend with day and night.

DEAR ABBY: About 40 years ago, I did someone an injustice, and I have felt guilty ever since. I worked for a consulting firm in Washington, D.C., that fired an accounting clerk who was in my small office. I didn’t know why she was fired, and I never heard a cross word exchanged between her a…

LAWTON, OK — Gannon Fremin & CCRev are finding new material flows like manna with new EP and upcoming album, IDLES: NPR Tiny Desk concert is this week's edition of Songs for the Sequestration, and Dani Carson keeps on shining as a bright talent in the Southwest Oklahoma music scene. 

This year The Garden Guy decided to add some dwarf buddleia into his arsenal of pollinator plants. The idea of 3-foot-tall or less buddleias or butterfly bushes seemed like just what the doctor ordered to be able to incorporate them with lantanas, rudbeckias, gaillardia and salvias for a col…

Even though the number of fireplaces using actual wood have been declining, the number of outdoors fireplaces have been increasing. There is nothing more soothing than sitting around the fireplace and eating smores. So, the question becomes, what should homeowners look for when purchasing firewood?

Q. My husband’s cholesterol was going in the wrong direction. It was in the 180s to 190s for years, with his doctor making noises about statins. My husband and I both have family members who experienced a detrimental drop in brain function clearly linked to statins, so we wanted to avoid them.

DEAR ABBY: My 14-year-old daughter recently came out of the closet, and it has made my husband and me quite upset. She says she is “bicurious, pansexual and polyamorous.” She now insists everyone call her by a gender-neutral name, gave herself a side shave and dyed her hair pink after we rep…

Breastfeeding or pumping breast milk can be challenging, but it can be an extremely rewarding journey when a mother is supported and empowered in reaching her feeding goals for her baby.

Backpacks are useful tools for students and adults alike. From hiking supplies to school books to sports equipment, backpacks can store just about anything. As veritable workhorses, they’re bound to get dirty and can benefit from periodic cleaning.

LAWTON, OK — The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa Sorority, Incorporated, Epsilon Delta Chapter, will present a “Parade Celebration” to honor the 2020 graduates of the chapter youth group.

DEAR ABBY: I take care of my daughter-in-law’s taxes and have for the past 15 years. I have never charged her for it. When she brings me the paperwork, it is always a mess. I told her I would be her full-time bookkeeper and charge her $300 a month, but it’s like getting blood from a turnip. …

MEDICINE PARK, OK — The Medicine Park Aquarium & Natural Sciences Center family is getting a little bigger this week with the highly anticipated opening of the Coyote Corner and Bobcat Bungalow. These exhibits feature Bonnie the bobcat and Moriah the coyote, both rehomed from Fort Sill in the summer of 2019. 

Q. Would eating coconut oil every day help with diarrhea-dominant collagenous colitis? I have heard that eating coconut cookies helps with diarrhea, but I’m not sure if it is the fiber from the coconut or something else in the coconut itself that helps. I desperately need something other tha…

DEAR ABBY: We live next door to an 89-year-old woman, “Estelle.” She’s a “snowbird,” meaning she is our neighbor for only part of the year. She has a devoted caretaker, “Iris,” who visits her almost daily. Iris shops for her, brings in her mail, and helps her with laundry, bathing and many o…

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.”

LAWTON, OK — Smokey Motel has found the COVID-19 shutdown has kicked in new levels of creativity during the recording of their new album, the Old 97s are preparing to release what could be the strongest album in an already hallmark career, Cade Roth & The Black Sheep and Dani Carson are performing a pair of local live shows this weekend and a super-creative Song for the Sequestration. 

Metformin is as old as the hills, figuratively of course. This popular diabetes drug was first prescribed in France in 1957 as Glucophage. The Food and Drug Administration gave it the green light in 1994.

DEAR ABBY: My wife died unexpectedly two years ago, after 18 years of a happy marriage and two kids. While we are doing as well as can be expected, one thing seems to set my grief off. It’s when someone refers to my life as my “new normal.”

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend of two years, “Kevin,” recently broke up with me. We’ve had problems in the past about me lying to him or withholding information. I didn’t lie because I’m an awful person. I lied because he had high expectations of me, and I didn’t want to be a disappointment. He is …

Grapes are popular for home plantings because they can be used in so many ways. Properly managed grapevines also add an attractive landscape feature to home planting during the growing season.

LAWTON, OK — The Leslie Powell Gallery is preparing to host a special opening reception August 8 for “We Are Not Satisfied,” a visual protest in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Q. My doctor prescribed tramadol for chronic migraines, and I took it for a year. It worked at first, but after a while I realized I felt awful EVERY morning. I had more migraines then ever and ALWAYS in the morning.

DEAR ABBY: I became pregnant with my second child in 2013. When my extended family heard the news, it was not well-received, particularly by my grandmother and aunt-in-law. They said things like, “We love you, but we’re embarrassed and ashamed.” My once loving grandmother said some particula…

DEAR ABBY: Is it ever too late to apologize to an ex-boyfriend? I’m in my mid-40s now, and over the last three years, I have gone through a significant change. It has helped me to face myself, let go of useless hate and anger and forgive the people who hurt me. It has made me a much happier person.

The premise of immortal warriors fighting throughout the centuries is nothing new, but rarely has it been as unimaginative as Netflix’s “The Old Guard.”

LAWTON, OK — Maureen DuRant grew up with an Okie father and an Irish mother, now she has translated her experiences growing up into a first collection of poetry, Skirmishes on the Okie-Irish Border.

Q. I have suffered from pruritus ani (itchy anus) for years. I saw different specialists who were good at diagnosing the problem but incapable of telling me what caused it or how to cure it.

DEAR ABBY: Last year I met a special man when I hired him to do some work related to my hobby. We easily fell into a friendship and have grown very close. We currently spend all our free time together. We talk every day on the phone, sometimes for hours. We are both divorced with children. H…

A selection of new Juvenile Board 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.”

On July 20, Ernest and Ellouise Love of Lawton celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary.

DEAR ABBY: I live with my significant other. We have been together for 13 years now. I would like to ask his stepmother why she refuses to acknowledge me. She sends holiday cards addressed only to her stepson. I am left off invitations as if I simply do not exist. Should I confront her and t…

DEAR ABBY: This may seem strange, but my husband is too nice. His late mother, a domineering woman who always got her way, trained him not to have an opinion. Almost everything he says is crafted to be neutral so that nobody can possibly take issue with him.

Ryan Oldham will be returning to what he calls a “home away from home.” It’s been too long the homecoming due to COVID-19 and the subsequent shut downs.

DEAR ABBY: A casual friend sent me a video of a comic doing a very lewd and vulgar routine. I was offended by it and forwarded it to my girlfriend to find out what she thought about it. She got very upset and told me I was being disrespectful to her by even passing it on to her. I should add…

Landscapes are unique places that often convey their beauty and originality through the use of unusual trees. A common misconception about unusual trees in the landscape is that unusual means difficult to grow. The truth is that many unusual beautiful trees can add interest and uniqueness bu…

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I are middle-aged. We have been together for 2 1/2 years. I love him, and I’m grateful for such a wonderful man at this point in my life. My problem is, he calls me “Sweet Baby” every single time he addresses me. (“Sweet Baby, what do you need help with?” “Sweet B…

Q. You’ve written about sunscreen, but I haven’t seen you address the topic that worries me most. By using sunscreen every day, you may limit the amount of vitamin D your body makes. Some studies suggest that lower vitamin D contributes to a greater risk of cancer. When scientists study suns…

DEAR ABBY: I have come into contact with my first and forever love again after 30 years. We have had a few encounters throughout the years. When they happened, we fell right back into our comfort zone.

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Celebrate Black History Month with Reflections, a series of videos highlighting the lives and work of African American leaders who have, and continue to shape, Lawton’s past, present and future. Enjoy this intimate look into the stories and characters of some of Lawton’s most celebrated citizens.