Sunday, December 21, 2014


THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder DEFENDERS USE THE SAME STRATEGY Naomi Judd, a country singer and songwriter who had 15 No. 1 hits with her daughter, Wynonna Judd, said, “A dead-end street is a good place to turn around.” In yesterday’s deal, declarer used an opponent’s opening bid to help him place the missing […]


THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder PUSH THEM AS HARD AS YOU ARE ABLE Frank Lloyd Wright said, “If automation keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger.” There’s nothing like making a comment push-button finger in cheek. However, at the bridge table, push the opponents around as much as you […]

My boyfriend has health issues and no longer wants sex

Dear Annie: I’ve been living with “Marcus” for two years, and we’ve known each other for twice that long. We are both in our late 40s. Soon after we moved in together, Marcus became seriously ill. We’ve been through five invasive surgeries, and there may be more. The most serious illness seems to be under […]

December 12, 2014 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Horoscopes: Dec. 12, 2014

The shift of the moon from Leo to Virgo points out that the major activities of the day make such noise and take up so much space in our psyche that it’s easy to lose sight of who we are and what we’re doing here. But you can always find your way back in the […]

My friend is being bullied because of her religious beliefs

Dear Annie: I am a middle school student, and one of my friends is depressed. She and her family are atheists, and they have been repeatedly harassed about it to the point that her worst fear is dying and going to hell. I’m really scared for my friend. When we found out she was thinking […]

December 05, 2014 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Horoscope: Dec. 5, 2014

If the Gemini full moon were a movie, today would be the opening credits that tease, inform and intrigue us as to what’s next. Settle in with a treat — whatever your life-equivalent is to popcorn and a soda — and then sit back, relax and enjoy the pre-roll. Some movies don’t live up to […]


THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder FIND THE RIGHT LINE BY COUNTING TRICKS L.M. Boyd, a syndicated columnist, said, “There are 350 varieties of shark, not counting loan and pool.” In this deal, how would you count to bring home four hearts after West leads the club queen? When South shows four-plus hearts, North adds […]

Jittery Israel gears up for war crimes battle

TEL AVIV, Israel — A jittery Israeli military is gearing up for what could become its next big battle: dealing with U.N. investigations that could result in war-crimes allegations. The army has beefed up its legal staff, is conducting internal investigations of its wartime actions and has prepared a detailed PR campaign of satellite photos and […]

Tony Stewart back at the track, looking to heal

HAMPTON, Ga. — Tony Stewart took his seat on the podium — unshaven, his eyes glassy — and unfolded a sheet of paper. His voice quivered as he read, pausing to maintain his composure as he described the death of a driver he hit as “one of the toughest tragedies I’ve ever had to deal with.” This […]

How do I deal with my overweight cousin who smells like cat urine?

Dear Annie: My second cousin “Susan” and I are in our 60s and have been friends since childhood. I was widowed six years ago. Susan never married. Four years ago, Susan and I started traveling together. It’s much cheaper to travel as part of a couple than solo, and we get along well. Now, however, […]

August 29, 2014 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply


THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder THE DUMMY TELLS YOU TO BE ACTIVE Brian Tracy said, “I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.” In my experience, the better you play, the luckier you will be. And when you are being […]

Horoscopes: Aug. 29, 2014

Neptune, the poet planet, fantasy master and king of dreams, teams with the Virgo sun to play a game of truth or dare with us. The sun calls, “Truth!” and Neptune inquires, “Who are you really?” So how will you answer? Whatever your reply, you can expect the cosmic lineup to put your premise to […]

Horoscopes for July 11, 2014

Anticipation builds as the moon swells toward tomorrow’s full status. Tomorrow’s Capricorn full moon, also known as the thunder moon, will highlight ambitions. Many already have a highly motivating goal in mind. Cancer energy lends an intuitive edge, too. Be sure to write down your inklings, because they may be psychic hits. ARIES (March 21-April […]