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

Aries (March 21-April 19): Some of the most in­flu­en­tial peo­ple of your life aren’t the type to read­ily give ad­vice. They just live ex­em­plary lives, cer­tain as­pects of which you would love to em­u­late — and to­day, you will. Taurus (April 20-May 20): Smart peo­ple seek wis­dom, and wise peo­ple seek in­tel­li­gence. Cer­tainly there will be plen­ti­ful ex­am­ples of one with­out the other to­day, but not from (well-rounded and de­lib­er­ate) you. Gemini (May 21-June 21): You’ve been there. You’ve been the source of the long sigh fol­lowed by “If only.” But now you’re too busy mak­ing things hap­pen for your­self for such sigh­ing. You need to be around peo­ple who are the same way. Can­cer (June 22-July 22): “Vain is the word of a philoso­pher which does not heal any suf­fer­ing of man.” There’s lots of ad­vice out there to­day, mostly un­help­ful, much of it im­prac­ti­cal. It only adds to the beauty of a good ol’ to-do list. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22): Though it’s some­times fun to touch on mys­ti­cal top­ics, what mat­ters to­day more than who you were in a past life or how to in­ter­pret some­one’s aura is who you are be­ing now and how that’s work­ing with the other per­son’s need of you. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): No one knows why, but even hun­gry live­stock some­times need to be prod­ded to the pas­ture. One never knows what might be dis­tract­ing an­other per­son. Kind­ness is called for. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23): The per­son with the least need of a sit­u­a­tion has the most cheer­ful, re­laxed at­ti­tude to­ward it. From this mood, a per­son can see and at­tract more op­por­tu­nity. To­day pro­vides one more ex­am­ple of the ben­e­fits of de­tach­ment. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21): There is but one way to draw a straight line be­tween two points. But if the line is crooked it can fol­low an in­fi­nite num­ber of dif­fer­ent paths. Do what’s right. Go di­rectly. Get there the easy, sim­ple way. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): All things turn into fire in the end — oth­er­wise known as “the be­gin­ning,” be­cause fire is also the birth­mother of all things. Wher­ever you are in your cre­ative process, it’s a good and nec­es­sary part of the cy­cle. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): There should be a name for the par­tic­u­lar type of anx­i­ety that ac­com­pa­nies tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ties. Soft­ware er­rors, pass­word fails, Wi-Fi is­sues... quickly let it go. You’ll come up with as­tound­ingly cre­ative

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Don’t let work take an out­sized role on your sense of self. You’re not de­fined by your work any more than you’re de­fined by what you own, who you know, or any other sin­gle el­e­ment of your life. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): Maybe it’s im­pos­si­ble to tame that ocean of feel­ing inside you, but you’ll be in­cred­i­bly pow­er­ful when mo­ments of calm do come over you. Through self-pos­sessed, pa­tient po­lite­ness you’ll get ex­actly what you want.

To write to Hol­i­day Mathis, visit www.cre­ators.com/au­thor/ hol­i­day-mathis and click “Contact.” DEAR ABBY >> I am a 9-yearold girl in third grade. I have prob­lems mak­ing friends. Girls my age and older don’t like me much. Boys my age and older seem to be fine.

It’s im­por­tant I get help in mak­ing girl friends. I have three hope­less brothers I re­ally don’t like. My mom said I should tell you what I do like — math, sci­ence, dolls and TV. I have crazy hair.

Did you have this prob­lem when you were my age? I think peo­ple think I’m weird. — Young reader in Kokomo,


DEAR YOUNG READER >> Your mother is a smart woman. She knows how im­por­tant com­mon in­ter­ests can be in form­ing re­la­tion­ships. Be­cause you like math, sci­ence, dolls and TV, grav­i­tate to­ward girls who like them, too. If you do, you may find that some of them are re­cep­tive. Re­mem­ber — all you re­ally need is one friend you can con­fide in.

As to the rest of your ques­tion, at your age I wasn’t part of the pop­u­lar crowd. I was shy and ter­ri­ble at sports, so I spent many hours alone in my room read­ing books. They kept me com­pany and widened my hori­zons be­yond my im­me­di­ate neigh­bor­hood. Peo­ple at my gram­mar school prob­a­bly thought I was weird, too, but many peo­ple who be­come suc­cess­ful as adults start out that way.

You and I have some­thing else in com­mon. I was self­con­scious about my hair, too. It was curly and hard to han­dle be­cause I hadn’t yet learned to style it. But as I grew older, I learned to man­age it — as I’m sure you will. And when I reached my mid­teens I found it eas­ier to make fe­male friends. A valu­able les­son I learned was to BE a friend when some­one needs one, and to prac­tice char­ac­ter traits I ad­mired in oth­ers, such as kind­ness and hon­esty. DEAR ABBY >> What should I do about my motherin-law, who has been bum­ming money from churches for more than 20 years from Ohio to Florida, even tak­ing trips across the coun­try tak­ing money along the way?

I have con­tacted ev­ery church in our area. But they still give her money, which she blows mostly at casi­nos and on her non-work­ing boyfriend. I will no longer have any­thing to do with them, which of course is hard on my wife. Please ad­vise. — Ohio reader

DEAR READER >> If you have con­tacted the clergy in your area about your mother-in­law’s scam and they still give her money, you have done ev­ery­thing you can. Be­cause you no longer want any­thing to do with her and her dead­beat boyfriend, tell your wife she should see them with­out you. You have my per­mis­sion. DEAR READ­ERS >> To­mor­row is Thanks­giv­ing, and no Thanks­giv­ing would be com­plete with­out my shar­ing the tra­di­tional prayer penned by my dear mother: Oh, Heav­enly Fa­ther, We thank Thee for food and re­mem­ber the hun­gry.

We thank Thee for health and re­mem­ber the sick.

We thank Thee for friends and re­mem­ber the friend­less.

We thank Thee for free­dom and re­mem­ber the en­slaved.

May these re­mem­brances stir us to ser­vice,

That Thy gifts to us may be used for oth­ers. Amen.

Have a safe and happy cel­e­bra­tion, ev­ery­one!

— Love, Abby

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