Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - YOUR DAILY BREAK - Dear Abby

Aries (March 21-April 19): You may sin­cerely know you are right, but that is not the point. Be­ing right doesn’t au­to­mat­i­cally pro­tect you. You still need to pre­pare your­self for pos­si­ble op­po­si­tion and other in­ci­dents that could hap­pen. Taurus (April 20-May 20): Maybe it’s too early for a rest from com­merce and travel and busi­ness of all kinds, but it’s not too early to plan one and pre­pare for it. The dor­mant pe­ri­ods are im­por­tant to your well-be­ing. How are you go­ing to make it hap­pen? Gemini (May 21-June 21): Just be­cause you passed this way be­fore does not mean that you are re­gress­ing. Think of this as run­ning laps. Each rep­e­ti­tion makes you stronger, helps you grow faster and counts to­ward your gen­eral progress. Can­cer (June 22-July 22): The vis­it­ing will be bet­ter when you use the time be­tween vis­its to bet­ter your­self. That’s the time you prac­tice, hone your skills and fine-tune your im­age. Chal­lenge your­self to show up even stronger next time. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22): Right now the fruit of your la­bor is a lot like a watched pot. It will seem not to ripen while your eye­balls are on it. Back off. Let time and the sun do their job while you plant elsewhere. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Men have gone mad from an­tic­i­pat­ing what stays out of reach for too long. Per­haps it takes a bit of mad­ness to keep go­ing past a cer­tain point. Is it re­ally worth it? Much de­pends on how much you value the prize. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23): There’s hu­mor in the sit­u­a­tion. In or­der to see it, though, one would have to have the funny kind of mind that needs the laugh­ter, looks for it, finds it and is re­leased by it. That’s you! Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21): Groups and crowds are not the same thing. The few be­have dif­fer­ently than the many, and dif­fer­ent rules ap­ply for man­ag­ing them. And yet, what you get right on the small scale to­day will def­i­nitely work when you scale it up. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The small rubs of life can be more detri­men­tal to your hap­pi­ness, health and well-be­ing than big events. Cop­ing is a lifestyle is­sue. Build a re­li­able set of go-to strate­gies for deal­ing with daily stresses. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): If you don’t lunge for the brass ring, no one will know you want it. But if you lunge for it too hard, you’ll throw your­self off bal­ance and fall. Core strength is needed here for a grace­ful, con­trolled grab. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): An emo­tional weather front may seem like an un­con­trol­lable nat­u­ral force — nope! It’s the air cur­rents that carry the weather. You’re an air sign. Blow a lit­tle and the storm moves away. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): There’s no such thing as a pat­tern of one. The first time some­thing hap­pens it is dif­fi­cult, if not im­pos­si­ble, for you to see that it is part of a cy­cle. The sec­ond time brings aware­ness, new ques­tions, and the com­fort of rep­e­ti­tion.

To write to Hol­i­day Mathis, visit www.cre­ators.com and click “Write the Au­thor” on her page. DEAR ABBY >> I’m 18 and a fresh­man in col­lege. My 16-year-old brother is sup­posed to be a ju­nior in high school, but he’s still tak­ing fresh­man classes. He has gone to school maybe twice this year. He just gave up and dropped out.

All he does is stay home, sleep and text all day. It makes me an­gry be­cause I don’t work right now, but I clean, cook, do laun­dry and take care of my younger sib­lings while he does ab­so­lutely noth­ing.

Mom has given up on him. She begs him to go to school and get an ed­u­ca­tion, but he yells at her and tells her he doesn’t care and he’ll just be­come a hobo. I don’t know what to say to him to get it through his head that he needs to fin­ish high school. What would you do?

— Big sis­ter in New York

DEAR BIG SIS­TER >> If your brother is a ju­nior and still tak­ing fresh­man classes, he be­longs back in school. He may be lazy, but he may also have learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties. If he doesn’t get the help he needs to earn a diploma, he’ll be vir­tu­ally un­em­ploy­able by the time he’s 18. Your mother should visit his school and talk to his teach­ers and the prin­ci­pal about this. As it stands, your brother may be con­sid­ered “tru­ant,” which is against the law. DEAR ABBY >> I am 47 years old and date younger, usu­ally very at­trac­tive women. I live in New York City, so they tend to be mod­els. I haven’t been mar­ried be­cause I feel like I haven’t met “the one.” I have been with one or two women who could have been the one, only to find out my feel­ings weren’t re­cip­ro­cated. But more of­ten I don’t feel an emo­tional/in­tel­lec­tual con­nec­tion, so I end the re­la­tion­ship.

While I might be able to re­solve that is­sue by dat­ing women in their late 30s and 40s, I’m more phys­i­cally at­tracted to younger women. Be­cause I don’t look my age, I have yet to reach the point where I look “too old” for women in their 20s to be at­tracted.

Do I con­tinue to fol­low my male in­stincts and date younger women, or should I date women closer to my age to whom I may not be as phys­i­cally at­tracted, know­ing there’s still no guar­an­tee I’ll meet some­one with whom I’ll find a stronger con­nec­tion?

— Likes ‘em younger

DEAR LIKES >> For­give me for an­swer­ing your ques­tion with a ques­tion, but what do you re­ally want in a re­la­tion­ship? The prob­lem with youth is that it doesn’t last. As the years go by, we get older — if we’re lucky. That’s why it’s time to start list­ing your pri­or­i­ties, with the help of a li­censed men­tal health pro­fes­sional, if nec­es­sary. (There are many well-qual­i­fied ones in your city.) I urge you to do it soon, be­fore you start look­ing like your date’s rich un­cle. While mar­riage may not be for ev­ery­one, it’s a known fact that mar­ried men live longer.

Dear Abby is writ­ten by Abi­gail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Con­tact Dear Abby at www. DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

To or­der “How to Write Let­ters for All Oc­ca­sions,” send your name and mail­ing ad­dress, plus check or money or­der for $7 (U.S. funds) to: Dear Abby — Let­ter Book­let, P.O. Box 447, Mount Mor­ris, IL 61054-0447. Ship­ping and han­dling are in­cluded in the price.

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