A baby born today has a sun in Virgo and a moon in Aries.

SHAMOKIN — There isn’t a time in Jennifer Johns life where she didn’t think of becoming a firefighter. At the age of 35, the mother of six followed in her late father’s footsteps and achieved that goal.

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Rhubarb is a cool season vegetable. It is a tart, easy-to-grow perennial and is great for jams and pies, especially when combined with strawberries.

I don’t know how many people would classify Sunday as a day of rest these days, but I know that when I was a kid it was a day of repose for five out of six people I knew very well — my immediate family. It won’t take more than one guess to figure out that my mother was the one out of six.

“Shine on Harvest Moon,” a song over a century old, will certainly be playing in my head this weekend and most of the coming week. If you’re under 50, you may not even have heard of this tune. Google it or check it out on YouTube. I’m not afraid to say that’s one of my favorite lunar tunes.

Dear Abby: I’m a man in my mid-70s and I’m beginning to understand why some old people are annoying cranks. It has something to do with the nearly constant physical, emotional and spiritual pain. (And if you’re not sleeping well as a result, that only makes things worse.)

Dear Harlan: I think my boyfriend might have a gambling problem. He is always betting on college football and in a couple fantasy football leagues. When he’s betting his games it’s like I am invisible. He’s constantly checking his phone. When he loses he is miserable to be around. If he wins…

A baby born today has a sun in Virgo and a moon in Aries.

Dear Abby: I’m having trouble with a friend, “Julie.” We have been close friends for about five years. Julie is 29, still a virgin and lives at home. I never thought much about her living at home but, as the years go by, her living arrangements have become more front and center.

A baby born today has a sun in Virgo and a moon in Pisces until 5:32 p.m., when the moon enters Aries.

When we reach age milestones, we have an opportunity to ponder what they mean but seldom do that. When we attain school age, we don’t think about it. We’re too busy exploring a new adventure.

A baby born today has a sun in Virgo and a moon in Pisces.

Dear Abby: My dad had a heart attack and nearly died a year ago. Since then, he has totally revamped his diet and put forth the effort to eat a plant-based diet to become healthier. It has been a family affair and my sister jumped on the bandwagon as well.

A baby born today has a sun in Virgo and a moon in Aquarius until 5:52 a.m., when the moon enters Pisces.

A baby born today has a sun in Virgo and a moon in Aquarius.

It’s time to set the record straight on processed food. If you read my writings often, you know I think it bears the lion’s share of the blame for obesity and its attendant diseases, because processing — and only processing — enables the cheap, nutrient-challenged, ubiquitous foods that are …

A baby born today has a sun in Virgo and a moon in Aquarius.

NEW YORK — It’s that time of year again, when fresh apples are piled high at farmer’s markets. If you are lucky enough to live near an orchard, you can take the day and pick your own bushel of apples. But whether you are picking them at the market or off a tree, there are many great things t…

It’s that time of year — the kids are back in school, the grapes are coming off the vines, and we are beginning the annual harvest of travel articles recommending the best wine regions to visit. USA Today popped the cork on this celebration last month, crowning the Finger Lakes in Upstate Ne…

Dear Abby: My husband (my second, and I am his third wife) and I just returned from a fantastic trip throughout Asia. While removing a piece of luggage from the conveyor belt at JFK Airport, my husband’s wedding ring flew off his finger. He glanced at and around the belt for about 12 seconds…

A baby born today has a sun in Virgo and a moon in Capricorn until 5:24 p.m., when the moon enters Aquarius.

African violets are among the world’s most popular flowering houseplant. I can recall visiting my father’s Aunt Katy and seeing her collection of beautiful violets. I guess that is why I think that African violets, also called Saintpaulia, are only for those with a “green thumb.”

SHAMOKIN — When World War II was at its peak, the Shamokin American Legion was the largest organization of its kind in the area with 2,550 members. Today it’s kept going with just 41 members who are the keepers of local history dating back to the 1700s.

The great Hercules star cluster is one of the true treasures of the summer and early autumn Shamokin sky. It’s a dense cluster of stars all crammed together in a tight sphere that you’ll love to direct your telescope to it again and again. I sure do! As with many celestial treasures, you’ll …

Dear Abby: I was a bit shocked when I read about the family who disposed of 17 casseroles they were given while they were grieving the loss of a loved one (“Enough Is Too Much,” July 5). When my dad died, family flooded into our small town. We got casseroles, too, but more appreciated was th…

A baby born today has a sun in Virgo and a moon in Capricorn.

If someone asked me what was the most joyful day of my life, I would answer immediately that it was on Sept. 7, 1991. That’s when JoAnn and I were married at 1 p.m. I’ve been writing about our wedding anniversary every year since then, either in this spiritual column or in my humor column.

Dear Abby: My mother, who is in her late 60s, is obsessed with family history and preserving attachments to relatives. In addition to being the family genealogist, she collects objects that belonged to relatives or people who “might” have been relatives, those who share our last name or live…

A baby born today has a sun in Virgo and a moon in Sagittarius until 6:37 a.m., when the moon enters Capricorn.

A baby born today has a sun in Virgo and a moon in Sagittarius.

Tom Cummins knew a little something about Mary McLeod Bethune. He had read about the civil rights activist in the context of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s “Black Cabinet,” a group of African American leaders that the president and his wife consulted in shaping their New Deal programs. So …