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  • Selwyn Birchwood, Jarekus Singleton infuse the blues

    Selwyn Birchwood, Jarekus Singleton infuse the blues
    Selwyn Birchwood and Jarekus Singleton did not grow up thinking they were going to play the blues. But both young guitarists – Birchwood is 29, Singleton just turned 30 – unexpectedly found a form of personal inspiration and salvation in the...
  • Ask Amy: Exes awkwardly try to reunite

    Dear Amy: My ex-girlfriend and I dated for almost three years and have now been broken up for a year. I was trying to distance myself to move on, and I imagine she was doing the same. I have seen other girls and been in other relationships over the past...
  • Ask Amy: Daughter worries about dad's unhealthy eating

    Ask Amy: Daughter worries about dad's unhealthy eating
    Dear Amy: I'm a 16-year-old girl. I'm worried about my dad. I think he may have an eating disorder (most likely anorexia). He eats very little, often just an apple for dinner, logs his calories and often does high-intensity workouts. He's worried about...
  • Ask Amy: Frenemies on vacation

    Ask Amy: Frenemies on vacation
    Dear Amy: A group of "frenemies' recently went on a trip together. I wasn't invited and didn't have any expectation of an invitation. During their trip, someone in the group took a picture of them doing their thing with what they considered a funny...
  • Animal behaviorists take a stand against breed-specific legislation

    Animal behaviorists take a stand against breed-specific legislation
    At the Animal Behavior Symposium July 25, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) announced its rejection of breed-specific legislation (BSL) in a new position paper. Some communities -- ironically including Denver -- ban specific...
  • Your dog is sure to make some noise if a bear approaches!

    Your dog is sure to make some noise if a bear approaches!
    Q: We live in the woods, and the bear population has been increasing here. A neighbor actually had a bear nearly walk into her home. Her dog began to growl and bark, and the bear ran off. Her dog is a large mixed-breed, and so is mine, but Charlie Horse...
  • Ask Amy: Mom worries about gay gym teacher

    Dear Amy: My seventh-grade daughter's female gym teacher is openly gay. None of the parents or kids has a problem with this. The issue is that she observes the girls changing into and out of their gym clothes, and my daughter and many of her peers...
  • Proposed amendments reek of hypocrisy

    Let us now praise Democratic hypocrisy. Throughout my life, various Republicans have suggested amending the Constitution in one way or another. A few years ago, they suggested revising the 14th Amendment to get rid of automatic birthright citizenship....
  • The human-animal bond can work wonders

    The human-animal bond can work wonders
    He didn't grow up with pets. His mother didn't even like pets, but psychologist Aubrey Fine sure appreciates their value. "I know there's a connection that can heal, and it's a connection we don't even quite yet understand," he says. Thirty years ago,...
  • Ask Amy: Intervention with an alcoholic can be tricky

    Dear Amy: My friend of over 50 years was always a heavy drinker. Recently his drinking has become a problem. He becomes very loud and opinionated. He has ruined the last four or five times we have been out with our wives, once even getting in a fight....
  • Ask Amy: Sleepovers becoming a relationship issue

    Dear Amy: My partner (whom I have been living with for two years) is a loving, wonderful man. We live in the country, about an hour outside of our home city. A few weeks ago, he asked if I would mind if he spent the night at a friend's place in the city...