Compliment good behavior


Dear Annie: A few months ago, someone wrote to you about how uncomfortable the bad manners of children of a relative made her feel at large family gatherings and dinners. I read your column faithfully and did not see any readers’ suggestions printed in the following weeks. Of course, large ...

Reusing containers for storage


Dear Heloise: Since I live alone and don’t have to cook much, I eat a lot of frozen (healthy) meals. I save the plastic containers after I clean them and use them as various storage containers in my bathroom and home office. They are great for lipstick and makeup brushes, and they can be ...

About to blow


Dear Annie: I’ve been married for 26 years. I have a 24-year-old son at home on the autism spectrum, and his 4-year-old daughter, of whom he has full custody. They get by with my help, and money, of course. I have always been a very loving and supportive husband. I cook, clean, do laundry ...

The eclipse enthusiast


My wife and I have been chasing moon shadows. Like millions of Americans, I felt the urge to keep a date with celestial destiny when the moon totally blotted out the sun. I’ll admit it: I’m an eclipse enthusiast. The area where we live would see only a partial eclipse. Longing to have ...

Struggling to make and keep friends in a new city


Dear Annie: I have a friend, “Donna,” who lives in another state. We’ve been friends for three years. Due to past trauma of being cheated on, I have trust issues, not just in relationships but friendships as well. I’ve damaged and even lost a few friends because of these issues. Donna ...

Shampoo your paintbrushes


Dear Heloise: When I wash my paintbrushes after painting, I “shampoo” them with a dish detergent, then “condition” them using a hair conditioner. Afterward, I rinse them really well and let them dry. I’ve been using the same brushes for years. -- Jan Nelson, via email ANOTHER ...