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Keep the house cool this summer

neighbor gave us a great suggestion to lower our cooling bills this summer. He installed solar and sun screens on the windows that are on the sunny side of his house. These screens block the majority of the UV rays on the hot side of his home. So, we had a mobile screen company come to install ...

Reader writes in about email scam

Dear Heloise: What you described in a recent column about an email scam happened to me three weeks ago. I made the mistake of believing what you described. The scammers did get access to my computer, and they scanned it. Aside from making my mortgage payment each month by phone call, I always ...

Rekindling Romance

Dear Annie: I’ve recently reconnected with a former co-worker with whom I had lost track of after her first husband committed suicide. She divorced her second husband when she found him in bed with another woman. She has an adult son from her second marriage. After reconnecting, we’ve ...

Laundry bag used a tool for soups

Dear Heloise: I used a small, new zippered laundry bag to make soup. For chicken soup, I put the bones, skin and fat in the bag, then put the whole thing in the soup pot. All the flavor is added to the soup without the mess. Just empty the bag and discard it. I also did this with ham bones and ...

Navigating a complicated relationship with mom

Dear Annie: I was abused by my dad as a child, and my relationship with my mother was hell growing up. She was verbally and physically abusive toward me well into my 20s. She began a new relationship and things got worse. The situation between us got a little better when she became sick and I ...

Giving grandkids the gift of quality time

Dear Annie: When my nephew was a toddler and his family visited, my mom (his grandmother) got big furniture boxes discarded from stores and made forts and tunnels in our large family room. She got down on the floor and played whatever character he chose her to be in this turf maze. She didn’t ...