Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for 37 years. We were separated for five years and, recently, have started spending time together again, with an interest in reuniting. But we’ve found that we get along better while he has his apartment and I have my apartment.

Dear Heloise: I’m out of college now, in my first apartment and cooking for myself. I’ve found interesting recipes that I’d like to try, but I’m confused by certain terms that are used — for instance, “a la king,” “a la mode” and “al dente.” What do they mean?

Dear Annie: I’m sure your inbox gets flooded this time of year about problem relatives and holiday dinners. My 35-year-old nephew, “Nick,” has been separated from his wife, “Nora,” for the past three years. They have five children under the age of 7. Nick, Nora and the kids all come to Thank…

Dear Annie: Today, I wanted to share my experience with the hopes that it would enlighten you and others. Your advice to the woman was to leave her husband that has been unfaithful to her many times. My experience, however, and that of many partners of sexaholics, would say to put on the bra…

Dear Readers: Because of the coronavirus, we have become more aware of the importance of disinfecting and sanitizing. This may prompt us to hoard cleaning supplies, soaps, detergents, hand sanitizers, wipes, bleach, etc.

Dear Annie: I have been married for over 20 years to a woman who has been a good mom, but not a woman I am in love with. I care about her tremendously, but I have lost all interest in her romantically. She refuses to work to help with the rising cost of living and impending college tuition f…

Dear Annie: I wanted to share a solution I’ve found for sleeplessness. For the last two years, I could not get a good night’s sleep. Doctors offered pills and artificial hormones, but I did not want to go that route. By chance, I read director David Lynch’s memoir, “Room to Dream,” where he …

Dear Heloise: I found an easy way to really clean my metal miniblinds. I fill my bathtub with soapy, warm water and lay the blinds in the water for about 20 to 30 minutes. I then let about half of the water drain from the tub and scrub the blinds with a car wash brush that has an extension p…

Dear Annie: I am depressed and deeply heartbroken over the final breakup with a man whom I have loved for eight years. I went to endless therapy and even went to a wellness center in Germany to help me get over him. Nothing has worked. Here’s the back-story.

Dear Heloise: Here’s a trick for getting rid of raccoons in the attic. To my knowledge, it’s been tested three times and worked each time. Simply put a radio turned up loud in the attic. The raccoons apparently can’t stand it and leave!

Dear Annie: I had to write to ask your opinion on something that’s been irking me for years now: I know many people who only call me when they’re in the car. More and more friends are doing this; with everyone using cellphones (as opposed to home phones), you can’t tell if they are in their …