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Editor’s Note: Annie Lane is off this week. The following column was originally published in October 2016.

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Dear Heloise: The cost of air travel keeps rising. Airlines have increased baggage fees, which we understand is a profitable source of revenue for the airlines. We already pay for seat selection, snacks, drinks, blankets, pillows and Wi-Fi. Why are we being asked to pay more for baggage?

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Dear Readers: New year, fresh start! To prep for spring cleaning, let’s get you fully stocked up with all the essentials:

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Paula, a 59-year-old mother of two in Southern California, is getting out of a cooking rut with VeggieBook, a free mobile app we created that users can view in English or Spanish. It gives her customized recipes and food tips.

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Editor’s Note: Annie Lane is off this week. The following column was originally published in October 2016.

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Dear Heloise: The flames from the burners on my gas stove do not burn evenly. What should I do to correct this problem?

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In Mexico, the dish known as cochinita pibil is made by rubbing a whole suckling pig with warm spices and juice from bitter oranges, then wrapping it in banana leaves and slowly pit-roasting it until it is succulent and richly flavored.

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FRESNO — There’s a sad statistic about those who’ve made losing weight and working out more a New Year’s resolution.

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Back in 1957 when I began my first job with the Ledger-Gazette (it wasn’t yet a daily but it became one shortly after) I was hired as a proofreader. I was pretty good at it, but I was moved into a writing position in short order when Elinor (then Burke) the society editor took her vacation. …

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Dear Readers: Have you noticed? Your bank, email server and insurance company may now ask you for not only your password when you log on, but also another code that they text you on your cellphone. This is called multifactor authentication.

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Editor’s Note: Annie Lane is off this week. The following column was originally published in October 2016.

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You’ve heard or read about how people of all ages and body types can benefit from being physically active.

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Editor’s Note: Annie Lane is off this week. The following column was originally published in October 2016.

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Dear Annie: I am writing to ask your opinion about the change in my sister’s behavior toward me. I have two sisters, and the one I am speaking of is my elder sister, “Ruth.”

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Dear Heloise: My veterinarian has diagnosed my dog as overweight. She says, as it is with people, extra pounds usually appear as a result of the animal eating too much food and not getting enough exercise.

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Dear Heloise: As a veteran traveler, I’ve picked up a few “do’s and don’ts” along the way, and here are some important ones:

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Dear Annie: At the family gatherings on my spouse’s side, my brother-in-law “Albert” wants to loudly dominate any conversation by either talking about his life or showing his “great” knowledge and opinions on other subjects. He rarely inquires about how anyone else is or shows much interest …

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Lettuce wraps are the perfect low-carb vehicle for delicious fillings. We wanted a light but flavor-packed filling and knew an Asian-inspired flavor profile was the way to go.

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Dear Annie: I’ve played basketball with an informal team of women for over 10 years. We’ve now celebrated most of our 40th birthdays together, and though some in the group of 20 or so have come and gone, we’ve been a pretty close and supportive cluster of friends. We play b-ball twice a week…

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Dear Heloise: I remove most boxes from my freezer. If your freezer is like mine, most of the boxes aren’t full. It’s easier to store single items than a half-empty box of ice cream bars, for example.