I'm hoping my friends and relatives think this holiday season before buying me the tchotchkes they believe in their generous little hearts single women need and want.
The winter blahs - or, to be technical, "seasonal sadness" - are real. Many people (me included) feel especially tired, sluggish, and more moody this time of the year.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You are well aware that people have lives outside of the relationship you share, and yet today this fact will present itself in surprising ways in your inner circle.
DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been together for 40 years. Like most people, we've had our good times and bad, but we've both been committed to the marriage, and so we've made it work.
"I really don't know what other people see when they look at it," Thomas said. "But someone new discovers it every day."
Quicky grammar tips for your Christmas cards: How to make a name plural and other advice for sending holiday cards.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Some make it easier for you to be your best possible self. Others seem to bring out your worst. Those who share, resonate with or encourage your best qualities are the ones to keep close now.
DEAR ABBY: My only sister has been "borrowing" money from me every month for years. She has a lot of credit-card debt and cannot afford to meet her monthly financial obligations.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). One of the worst questions of all is but two words: Why me? It leads nowhere. To focus yourself more wisely, ask yourself: How can this struggle help others? How can I make it even slightly better?
ARIES (March 21-April 19). The first rule of professionalism is not to ask others to do your work. The second rule is to adhere to the training manual. If you weren't trained, it's not your fault, but the true professional finds a way to get trained nonetheless.
DEAR ABBY: I joined the Navy after I learned I was becoming a father. I didn't want to be a husband or father, but I did both. In 2010, my wife died. My feelings about being a husband and father never changed.
DEAR ABBY: After 16 months of casual dating, I married my ex-wife. We met through Facebook. Unfortunately, we couldn't make the marriage work, and after two years we divorced.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Who tries things a thousand unsuccessful ways before getting one winner? Winners. You're trying something that's not guaranteed, and easy results are not a part of this endeavor, but keep going.