Dear Abby: How should I respond to someone who keeps her smartphone on and "fact-checks" anything that is mentioned in a group conversation? She's my brother's girlfriend, "Marla," and she's not a teenager. She's in her late 40s. I consider it rude. She invariably interjects a comment to confirm or dispute whatever has been said by saying, "Well, according to ..."
Dear Abby: I have been divorced for a year and have two boys, ages 8 and 9. During this time, my ex-husband has introduced three different women to my children and recently introduced them to a new girlfriend he has been seeing for a few weeks. The first day that they met the girlfriend, he had the children spend the night at her place. The woman has a 9-year-old son of her own.
During a visit to Walla Walla Point Park in early August, photographer Frank Cone got some shots of unusual visitors to the area. The pelicans “landed near me and stayed for a short time” before flying off, Frank said. Large numbers of the birds frequent Banks Lake and the Mattawa area, but aren’t seen in Wenatchee very often. (Frank Cone photo)
This summer, in preparation before my wife Yong and I attend the Olympic Summer Games, I’ve been reading compulsively all about Rio de Janeiro: the good, the bad and the ugly. I have been studying the Brazilian Portuguese language too.
Dear Abby: About six months ago, I started a new job I really enjoy. A handyman who does odd jobs around the building was working on the floor in my area. He was chatty and I made polite conversation, but now things have escalated.
Dear Abby: We are a married couple in our 60s and have no close family. Before retirement, we would playfully tease each other that when we retired, we'd turn our spare bedroom into a "fun fantasy adult room." Fast forward — we now have our special room, and we're having a blast.
The funnel cake — served under a mountain of powdered sugar and any of a number of toppings — is the stuff of fried food legend, and a trip to the fair, carnival or theme park isn’t complete without one. Or the stack of napkins you’ll need to go with it.