This the season of ambient light on the North Beaches. That time of the year when the diffused sunshine sets a glow on the Old Man Moss and the lichens on the trees, and sets the yellow leaves of the deciduous bushes glowing like candlelight. Even though fall did not brush color on the vine maple, or on the Big leaf maples in the river bottoms, the sun brings cheer to the increasingly gloomy days. Makes one miss the glowing cranberry field that used to be a special, fall treat out on Burrows Road.
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Dear Abby: I am a single woman who raised three kids on one average income. They are all grown and on their own now. I still save and have a tight budget, but now I can spend some money on travel. I have opportunities to travel with friends and do it as often as I can afford.
Dear Abby: I recently found out my daughter has been having an affair with her sister’s husband. This will tear our family apart. It will also have a huge impact on my grandchildren.
Elder Donald D. Deshler, of the Seventy, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: One of the most significant roles that Jesus Christ plays is that of mediator. That is, he meditates on behalf of humankind with the Father (“…there is one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 2:5).
Dear Abby: I live in a 55-and-older mobile home park. Because my coach isn’t huge, I have a nice little backyard where I have a small vegetable garden and a lovely lemon tree.
When I woke up this morning it was 30 degrees and windy. It must be time to talk about utility issues as our heating bills are starting to rise (quickly!).
Dear Abby: I was recently fired from my job for chronic tardiness. I have worked at this business for four years, and although I knew my lateness was seen as a problem by my boss, it was still a surprise.
Dear Abby: My wife and I have been married 13 years. Early on, we struggled to have children and needed reproductive specialists in order to have our two beautiful girls, ages 4 and 8.
WAY too early on a Saturday morning, by Flo’s estimation, but it was Tommy’s-going-to-put-in-the-doggie-door Saturday, so Flo had set the alarm — an alien task that had taken a while to figure out.
Dear Abby: I’m 13 and I’m afraid I may have OCD. I want to find out, but what’s standing in my way is that sometimes my parents think I make stuff up to get attention. I’m afraid to tell them, but I know if I do, it will answer my question. Can you give me some advice?
Dear Abby: How much interest in an adult child’s sex life is normal? My mother seems obsessed.
Dear Abby: My boyfriend, “Ron,” and I have been together for more than a year, and we now live together. His garage is full to overflowing with his ex-girlfriend’s belongings. She apparently left him and all her stuff — including her four cats — to marry some guy she met online. She no longer lives in this country.
Dev Maulik, professor, UMKC School of Medicine: Religion and reason coexist in Hinduism, which at its highest level believes that God, who is the Supreme Consciousness, is the source of our intellect.
Dear Abby: Last weekend some family members were at my mom’s house for a meal. My 6-year-old son and my cousin’s 4-year-old daughter were playing in the room my mom had set up for the grandkids.
Dear Abby: I am a widow who has fallen in love with a wonderful man who is almost 30 years my junior. He proclaims his love for me every day, and I know it’s real. I have been warned by others to be aware of “devious males on the make for comfortably situated widows.” After discussing it with the man, I have determined this is not his motive.