DEAR ABBY: Woman can't make the break from her decades-long affair

DEAR ABBY: I have been dating a married man for 30 years. Our relationship started a few months after he got married. I know it was wrong to begin the relationship, but it started just as a way for me to get sexual experience. For him, I think he was infatuated with the idea that a younger woman found him attractive. Continue reading...

PARENTING: United front particularly important with teenagers

Subscriber onlyQ In a recent column, you advised that stepparents have complete disciplinary authority over all children who live in or visit the home. Do you feel the same policy should apply when the stepparent joins the family when the kids are teenagers instead of younger children? Continue reading...

Last call: Enjoy summer’s fruits and herbs in concoctions that make any occasion more festive

Subscriber onlyDespite the rain and lower temperatures, summer has not yet given up her fight. Continue reading...

Turkey cutlets hit the table in a jiffy

Subscriber onlyThe weeknight dinner conversation at my house typically goes one of three ways. Continue reading...

Reading Nook

Subscriber onlyTwo things are true about avid at-home sports fans: They rarely miss their teams' games on TV, and they like some eats and drinks while they watch the action. Continue reading...

Marinated artichokes, pesto create pizza

Subscriber onlyMarinated artichoke hearts and pesto top this simple pizza. If you're pressed for time, use ready-made pizza crust such as Boboli, but we strongly recommend making your own. Continue reading...

Fruity vinaigrette tops salad with nectarines

Subscriber onlyA cool and crisp salad served with a crusty lightly grilled bread and a glass of fruity white wine is the answer to what's for dinner on late summer's hot days. Continue reading...

7 day menu planner

Subscriber onlySUNDAY: Easy Layered Salad (see recipe) is pretty and simple for a family meal. Serve it with your own cool gazpacho and whole-grain rolls. Brownie Sundaes are an intense chocolate experience. Top brownie squares with chocolate ice cream and warm chocolate fudge sauce. Continue reading...

Wines, ice creams make tasty treats

Subscriber onlyWho says we can't pair ice cream and wine? Experts have long preached that it's the "impossible pairing," generally because of the low temperature of the ice cream. But this week I set out to find the ideal pairings because our relationship with ice cream is changing quickly as summer comes to an end. There is just something about outdoor grilling, picnics and summer fun that ice cream completes. Some might even argue ice cream is a dessert of necessity. Take the same bowl of ice cream in winter and, though delicious, it often involves snuggling under a blanket around a fire. (Not so bad a situation but you get my point.) Continue reading...

Grilled skirt steak's a star in the beef parade

Subscriber onlyIf you ask a chef what his or her favorite steak is, chances are the answer will be rich, beefy skirt steak. Continue reading...

Raisins key to recipes readers have requested

Subscriber onlyRecipes that appear in Idea Alley have not been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Continue reading...

Storybook solutions

Fictional tales, often shared aloud, help kids roll with today’s punches

Subscriber onlyAuthor Kate DiCamillo was in Orlando, Fla., soon after the Pulse Nightclub shooting, when a teacher approached her in a book signing line. Continue reading...

Creature Feature

Subscriber onlySometimes it feels like guilt goes hand in hand with having a pet. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be perfect pet parents, beating ourselves up when we feel we've been remiss about their care in some real or imagined way. Continue reading...

Checklist: Supplies, backpack, ... friends

Subscriber onlyFew experiences in a child's life are as daunting as the first day of a new school year. Continue reading...

MONEY MATTERS

Subscriber onlyDEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: When my wife and I go out to a restaurant with friends, I hate having to figure out who pays for what at the end of the meal. How can we ask for separate checks without looking like cheapskates? Continue reading...

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