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Keep these kitchen hints handy

Dear Heloise: Sometimes we forget some of the kitchen hints we’ve learned over the years. Here are a few reminders: -- You can substitute beer for wine as the liquid in stews or soups, and you’ll discover a nice, rich sauce. But only use as much beer as the recipe calls for, and don’t ...

Family wounds and forgiveness

Dear Annie: When I was 6 years old, my father left my mother for another woman who was 14 years his junior. She had actually been his secretary and had been with him for a couple of years before the divorce. My dad went so far as to even get an apartment for her in the city. She was 16 at the ...

The winter that wasn’t

If you were to stand in one spot long enough, everything would change — and not just hairstyles. And not just on a geological timescale, either. You wouldn’t have to wait for plate tectonics to do their work to see some radical shifts. A good example would be this winter. If you live in ...

Balancing parenthood’s struggles and sacrifices

Dear Annie: My husband and I had our son in February of 2023. During labor and delivery, I managed to get a herniated disc that leaves me in total body pain all day every day, and there are times when I can barely walk. My husband works Monday through Friday 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. as a sanitation ...

Mice find their way into ant bait

Dear Heloise: I didn’t think there was any “food” in the cabinet under my kitchen sink where I keep detergents, bug spray, new sponges, etc. But I learned the hard way that mice like ant bait, or at least the name brand I kept -- the little white squares that have an entry for ants to ...

How about a life of love and service?

Dear White males, I’m one of you. I have been my whole life, checking “White,” “Caucasian,” or “non-Hispanic” on surveys and applications. While my skin tone isn’t exactly white, a farmer tan hides some serious paleness. Face it, being one of us is a pretty good deal. Mostly ...