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Frequent visitors to Mary Virginia Crites Hannan Park may have noticed a number of rectangular shaped wooden boxes mounted on poles along the Wellness Trail, by the Starkey Pavilion and by the Wetlands. They serve as nesting boxes for birds, primarily Eastern Bluebirds although Tree Swallows…

DEAR ABBY: My wife, “Libby’s,” dearest friend of 20 years, “Melanie,” has changed her lifestyle. Melanie and her husband have become “swingers.” Now when Libby meets her socially, all Melanie can talk about is her new lifestyle – complete with photos. Plus Melanie is very interested in meeti…

Dear Heloise: I tried everything to keep my GUACAMOLE FROM TURNING BROWN, but nothing worked until I tried this: Put the guac into a container, leaving space on top and at one side. Place some chopped onion pieces into the side area only, and put the airtight lid on it. After 4 1/2 days, it …

DEAR ABBY: I am a 57-year-old man who has been divorced for eight years. (My ex-wife was the one who filed.) I recently reconnected with my ex-wife's sister, "Edith," whom I hadn't seen in years. We began a friendship, which has evolved into a serious relationship. My ex is having issues wit…

Dear Heloise: I'm 93 years of age, and I love your column! I take newspapers, towels and cloths to the ANIMAL SHELTER. They also accept unopened foods.

Dear Heloise: The Food and Drug Administration is warning people to be very careful about BUYING PET MEDICATION ONLINE due to some of the illegal and dangerous actions the FDA has seen. While some companies are reputable, many others are not. There is a definite risk of dosing your pet with …

NEW ORLEANS — As people at the American Alliance of Museums’ trade show passed their hands along the raised figures in touchable versions of a Vietnam War photograph, small metal sensors touched off recordings to explain whose picture they were touching and what had happened to him. At a nea…

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — More than a month after Randy Travis suffered a near fatal stroke in 2013, doctors were not hopeful about his recovery. Complications were piling up, including a collapsed lung and infections, and the country star was in a near comatose state. His doctors told his then-gir…

Dear Heloise: My husband and I love to eat BREAKFAST FOR DINNER. We usually do this type of meal on Friday nights, but I decided to experiment with something a little different for scrambled eggs. I chopped up scallions and mushrooms, and add about a tablespoon of half-and-half to the eggs, …

NEW YORK — Roky Erickson, the blue-eyed, dark-haired Texan who headed the Austin-based 13th Floor Elevators, a pioneering psychedelic rock band in the 1960s that scored with “You’re Gonna Miss Me,” has died. He was 71.