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Dear Readers: Do you have a problem with odors lingering around the house? You may have noticed that expensive commercial products just mask the odor. It’s time to try something you probably already have on hand — cheap, safe and effective vinegar.

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Dear Annie: My husband is in the high-risk category for catching COVID-19, and we have lost family and friends due to the disease. The issue is that we love seeing our grandchildren, but some people in our families view the pandemic as a “hoax” and are lax about following safety precautions.…

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Dear Readers: Is it safe to take a medication after its expiration date? According to the experts from the Food and Drug Administration (www.FDA.gov), consumers need to be aware of the potential harm of taking an expired medication or one that may have degraded due to not being stored accord…

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Dear Annie: My boyfriend follows more than 3,000 people on Instagram. And almost all of them are women. It didn’t bother me when we first started dating, because I figured that now that he had a girlfriend, he’d stop investing so much time in looking at women.

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Dear Annie: My husband and I are 77 years old. Our lake home has four bedrooms and plenty of space for family visits. During the summer, the family knows they have to make “reservations” to visit. We feel fortunate that we can allow them to have a family vacation that is relatively inexpensi…

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I may eat my weight in BLT sandwiches all tomato season long, but there’s still room for variations on the theme. Take, for example, this crunchy BLT tart with ripe, end-of-the-summer tomatoes, crumbled candied bacon and a thicket of baby lettuces greening the top.

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Dear Readers: There are some documents, certificates and other valuable items that might be better held in your bank’s safe deposit box rather than in a shoebox under the bed or in the closet at home. What are they? Here’s what you need to know:

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After a day of work to earn a living, your body, mind, and spirit is ready to chill out. Coming home to a peaceful, nurturing environment is much desirable. 

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Dear Annie: I had two brothers die within a year of each other. One was 53, and the other was 62. They were my only remaining siblings. They resided in Ohio, and I live in Arizona. I had to plan both funerals by myself and clean out and sell whatever I could of their homes and possessions.

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The following schools request Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education to raise money for supplies and equipment:

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Dear Annie: I have a friend who is of Pentecostal faith while I’m of Catholic faith. She monopolizes the conversation on her religion and doesn’t allow me to talk. I hate being preached to, and she has nothing else that interests her but reading her Bible and preaching.

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Will the so-called progress of civilization eventually destroy us? Indigenous Peoples, hundreds of years ago, did not devastate nature the way we do today. Oceans are loaded with plastics and soil with dangerous contaminants. Now, is the air we breathe gradually destroying our brains?

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Dear Annie: My boyfriend and I have been dating for about a year and a half. While maintaining separate homes, we spend the majority of our days and evenings together. I have three children and get along very well with my ex-husband and his girlfriend. My boyfriend has a son, “Tommy.”

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Neither evening stocks nor jasmine tobacco are particularly worthy plants by day. But as darkness falls, the petals of each of these flowers unfurl to release a delicious, heavy scent.

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Dear Annie: I was a high school teacher for nearly 40 years, and, before I landed a full-time public school job, I spent a year or two as a substitute. I know the frustrations of students who assume you don’t matter because you’re not “our real teacher.” It can be even more annoying when the…

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Dear Heloise: Some time ago you had a certain way to mix a sure cure to get rid of roaches using boric acid, I think. Please, I would like to read it again.

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Dear Annie: My wife and I have just celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary. Two years ago, she decided to become a vegan for moral and dietary reasons. I respect her greatly for that, though I didn’t love constantly hearing about it. I have also adopted many of the same eating habits, but …

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Dear Heloise: Because of social distancing rules, birthday parties for my young kids have been put on hold. However, we found a fun way to acknowledge each child’s birthday.

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Dear Annie: As we live in an electronically connected world, there is a downside that bothers me. I have had a couple of friends die and their Facebook and LinkedIn accounts have remained active. On their birthdays, I receive notifications. I find it creepy. In my mind, LinkedIn is for conne…

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Dear Annie: My adult daughter, who lives in a southern state with a notoriously high incidence of the Coronavirus cases, informed us she would be bringing her boyfriend to our home when she visits us at Christmas.