Recently, a colleague confessed to being tofu-challenged. She had tried cooking it years ago and was so disappointed in the results she never tried again. But a stellar dish of crispy tofu in a Laotian restaurant prompted her to want to get back on the horse. So she asked me: What are the secrets?

Dear Abby: I’m a 15-year-old girl. I’m a fun person to be with, and I love spending time with my friends and family. But one thing sometimes ruins it. I have a bit of a temper and some anger problems. I’m wondering if you have anything that could help me control my temper and be nicer to peo…

A baby born today has a Sun in Capricorn and a Moon in Taurus if born before 8 p.m. Afterward, the Moon will be in Gemini.

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Dear Abby: My husband and I have been married more than 20 years. Once in a while, he’ll stop being affectionate and ceases talking to me. Obviously, he is upset. He holds it together for our children, but I get the serious cold shoulder.

A baby born today has a Sun in Capricorn and a Moon in Aries if born before 1:31 p.m. Afterward, the Moon will be in Taurus.

Dear Abby: I started working in engineering in the late 1980s and thought it was “cute” that we all wore Hawaiian shirts when the guys went out for Friday lunches. Now we’re in our 50s, and many of my peers still honor that tradition.

WASHINGTON — When Jim and Jennifer Sergent bought their home in suburban Arlington, Virginia, two years ago, they appreciated its modern look — the exposed wood beams and the nature trail that passes in front of it. But the master bathroom left a lot to be desired.

The holiday season could easily be known as the “too much season.” Warming up with the great food of Thanksgiving, many of us are in overindulgence overdrive for Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

A baby born today has a Sun in Capricorn and a Moon in Pisces if born before 3:18 a.m. Afterward, the Moon will be in Aries.

Dear Abby: I started a new job a month ago. It’s a well-paying job at a great company. My problem is I’m an insecure introvert. Making friends has always been hard for me. At this new job, my desk is away from everyone else, and no one has ever asked me to lunch.

A baby born today has a Sun in Capricorn and a Moon in Pisces.

Dear Abby: I am having issues with a friend who gets handed most everything he wants. I had to grow up when I was very young, pay my own way for things and take care of myself. I work three jobs to pay my rent in a house with four other people while still pursuing my passion.

A baby born today has a Sun in Capricorn and a Moon in Aquarius if born before 2:45 p.m. Afterward, the Moon will be in Pisces.

A baby born today has a sun and moon in Capricorn if born before 1:46 a.m. Afterward, the moon will be in Aquarius.

If you’re exploring the possibility of a senior living community or long-term care for yourself or a loved one, you’ll find that there’s a bit of a learning curve related to the different types.

Dear Harlan: My parents have been keeping medical secrets from my siblings and me. When I was home over the holiday I discovered that my mom had a heart issue several months ago. This was news to all of us kids. We are all adult children with families of our own. My parents didn’t want us to…

SHAMOKIN — First major snowstorm of the winter season struck the News-Item circulation area Wednesday night and continued Thursday with a winter storm warning forecast for the remainder of the day.

A Shamokin woman notorious for filing suits and counter-suits made the news again in July 1905 when she went to court in a dispute over a pig.

As we began the last year of the 20-teens decade, I realized something that makes me seem even older than I feel at times. Jan. 1, 2020, will mark the start of the eighth decade in which I have lived.

Dear Abby: My mother recently confessed to me that in my senior year of high school, she sabotaged my chance to go to my dream school (with a nearly full scholarship) because she didn’t approve of my wanting to go to art school. I missed my orientation because she “got the date wrong” and th…

Dear Abby: I am writing you about dating in these modern times. Lately I have become perplexed at the vanity and immoral behavior now associated with the task of dating. I’m a single man living by myself with no responsibilities but my own. I am looking for someone who will fit into my lifes…

A baby born today has a Sun and Moon in Capricorn.

Dear Abby: My son-in-law gave me a tablet that he was not using, as he had upgraded. He removed most of his information. When I went to set up my accounts, I noticed his list of apps and passwords was still present and saw four accounts to an adult dating site.

Dear Abby: My husband and I have been together for 34 good years. He’s a little older than I am and was married twice before we met while in our 20s. (They were very brief marriages.) When we married, I knew about one of his marriages, but learned about the other one only much later from his…

A baby born today has a sun in Capricorn and a moon in Scorpio if born before 3:50 a.m. Afterward, the moon will be in Sagittarius.

A baby born today has a Sun in Capricorn and a Moon in Scorpio.

I became a parent for the first time on Dec. 31. Six years and two more kids later, I haven’t seen the ball drop on New Year’s Eve since. I may be the only parent on the planet who doesn’t need a resolution to sleep more.

A baby born today has a Sun in Capricorn and a Moon in Scorpio.