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Dear Annie: With the holidays coming up, and people going here and there for dinner at others’ houses, I would like to know why some people feel they can just sit on their butts after the big meal (or before), while the others, always the same ones, get up and clean up!

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FREDERICK, Md. — With blazing red hair, sticks firmly in hand, and a focused look on his face, Cade Suddith took the stage at the Great Pumpkin Patch festival at Old National Pike Park in early October.

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Dear Annie: Christmas is around the corner, and my mother has asked me to host Christmas at my house. (Roughly 30 people will be there.) I do not feel my house is big enough, and hosting an event at my house gives me extreme anxiety! I hosted last year, but only because I was guilted into do…

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Dear Heloise: When a recipe calls for eggs but does not specifically say which size to use, always assume it means a large egg. It’s the standard for most recipes.

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Dear Annie: I read “Dear Annie” now, just as I read “Ask Ann Landers” and “Dear Abby” starting in the 1950s. I hope you can give me some advice.

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Dear Heloise: I’ve been getting a lot of 2020 wall calendars from nonprofits that I can’t use. It seems a shame to throw them out — I’d rather give them away. Do you know who could use them?

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Circus Vargas delighted spectators during opening night on Nov. 15. There is still a chance to catch the circus in the parking lot near the Antelope Valley Mall. They’ll be in town until Nov. 25.

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Dear Annie: I’m in my last year of a pre-university study program and need to choose a university program in a couple of months. The problem is that I haven’t the slightest idea of what I want to do. This decision is going to affect the rest of my life, and I feel incredibly unprepared. Of c…

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Dear Annie: I used to love the holidays, but now I am dreading them. I have recently been divorced. My very large family is divided from politics. Because of that, my daughter has been excommunicated from the entire family. My daughter is grown and married but does not speak to me, even thou…

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Dear Readers: The school year is well underway, and everyone has settled into a routine. How about adding to the learning environment? Experts agree: A pet in the classroom can elevate children’s learning and understanding of the world around them.

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Dear Annie: My daughter recently passed from complications of myasthenia gravis. She died unexpectedly one evening after she stopped breathing during an MG crisis. Myasthenia gravis is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease that causes weakness in the skeletal muscles, which are responsi…

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When all the leaves have fallen off your fruit trees, it is time you to spray your fruit trees with a dormant, horticultural or neem oil spray.

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Dear Annie: It seems impossible for me to mend my relationship with my son. He is 38, and I am 68. Back when he was 22, he came out of the closet and told us he was gay. It took me nearly two years to accept that, and two years of hardly talking. Finally, I accepted it — with a few years of …

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Dear Heloise: The answering machine and caller ID are great inventions. I was surprised this week to get several calls from my own phone number, and one call even used my name as it appears in our local phone directory. How stupid do the scammers think I am? If someone calls and doesn’t say …

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Dear Annie: My wife and I feel we are being taken advantage of by our family and friends. I think we have gone over and above with acts of kindness. Some family members don’t even talk to us, let alone acknowledge birthdays and holidays. When we went to church recently, the theme of the past…

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On Sunday night, the “60 Minutes” show reported on the terrifying drug war that is now under way in the Philippines. Bill Whitaker interviewed Maria Ressa who has been threatened with prison, death and other torturous punishment for her reporting on the raging violence in the country.