The daily Astorian. (Astoria, Or.) 1961-current, August 13, 2015, Image 5

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Clingy sister bothers siblings
Tomorrow’s horoscope
Dear Annie: I have four sib-
lings. One of my sisters thinks
she has a right to invite her-
self to our homes, join us for
dinner and attend other func-
tions, whether we invite her or
not. It’s like she thinks we are
joined at the hip.
For example, “Ginny” will
call and ask, “Where are we
going for dinner tonight?” I
am tempted to reply, “I don’t
know where you’re going, but I
have my own plans.” However,
Ginny is overly sensitive and
none of us wants to hurt her
Worse, Ginny is very nosy.
She will come to my house
(uninvited, of course) and
read my mail. She also asks
questions about things that
are none of her business. But,
Annie, Ginny has many good
qualities. She has a big heart
and a generous spirit and is
always willing to help. I have
considered buying her an eti-
quette book that should cover
such things, but my other sib-
lings don’t think this is a good
idea. We all love her dearly,
but her poor manners are driv-
ing us crazy. Any suggestions?
— No Name, Please
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Life, like
jazz, often happens best in the spaces be-
tween the notes. What you do while you’re
waiting around -- and you will be waiting
around this afternoon -- is more important
than what you do while you’re doing.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Where you
live shapes everything you do, experience,
learn -- it shapes who you are. You’ll con-
sider this very carefully even through to-
day’s busyness. Is this the right place for
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Fortune fa-
vors you. You’ll wind up in the right place
at the right moment, standing next to the
right person, and all on a good hair day. It
doesn’t get much luckier than that.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Satisfac-
tion happens on a mental level. What ful-
fills one person won’t fulfill another. Cluing
in to the appetites of the people around
you will also clue you in to a new way of
making money.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Your usually
temperate mood will be interrupted by
someone who sets your heart on fire with
passionate energy. What you do after that,
you’ll do like a rock star.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Soul
searching is on the menu. It is only
through knowing our truest feelings,
where our heart is holding on, where it’s
longing to let go, that we can we reach the
aspirations of our higher self.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). There’s much
you can learn from a pet. The things that
interest a different species are outside of
your usual observation. When you try to
understand the world through them, your
Syndicate Inc.
Kathy Mitchell
Marcy Sugar
Dear No Name: Ginny may
not understand that she is ig-
noring boundaries and behav-
ing inappropriately, a sign that
she may be on the autism spec-
trum. Or, she may simply be
lonely and clingy, and her sib-
lings are her entire social life.
You would be doing Ginny
a favor by gently explaining
these things. Say that you love
her to pieces, but occasionally,
you have plans that don’t in-
clude family members. When
she asks an inappropriate ques-
tion, you are not obligated to
respond. Put your mail where
she cannot get to it. Suggest
that she look into organiza-
tions and activities that will
interest her and provide a wid-
er circle of friends and a more
active social life. She sounds
like she needs guidance. Please
help her out.
Dear Annie: I recently
rode on the New York State
Thruway. My toll was $2.25.
I gave the toll collector, who
appeared to be a recent high
school graduate, a $5 bill plus
a quarter. I saw him count out
three quarters, and when I saw
that he was going for some sin-
gles, I said, “I want three sin-
gles, please.” All of a sudden,
it dawned him how this worked
and I heard him say, “Ohhh!”
What are the schools teach-
ing these kids? I knew this
when I was in the fourth grade.
— K.
Dear K.: Schools still teach
mathematics, but we aren’t
sure they teach the variables of
counting out change. And since
most people now use credit
cards, debit cards or electronic
pay options on their cellphones
(and cashiers use registers
that tell them what the change
should be), we aren’t sure a
toll collector fresh out of high
school would come across
this type of calculation often
enough for it to be automatic.
But we’d bet if you saw this
same kid in a year, he wouldn’t
have any problem at all.
By Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.
own world expands.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Why is it
that you seldom see your favorite people?
Here’s a theory: Maybe you want to keep
them that way. Otherwise, as the adage
goes, familiarity might breed contempt.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21).
Share what you’re doing with others, and
more importantly, share what you’d like
to be doing. The ones you share with will
have connections that will help you.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Your
sense of humor and self-assurance will
draw expressive people to you. Good. You
need a demonstration of appreciation and
affection right about now.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). What
allows you to enjoy the flurry of activity
around you is that you know you don’t
have to get caught up in it. The detach-
ment you feel makes you a calm, amused
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Should
you lower your expectations? Not yet, be-
cause some of your people will rise to the
occasion. There will be a happy balance
between what you expect and what you
receive out of relationships.
rituals you create with someone over the
next 10 weeks will be the basis for bonds
that last a lifetime. So be fully aware of
what you’re creating -- it will, in time, be
called “your thing.” In September, you’ll
share skills and build a legacy. Your in-
come will grow. November brings the end
of a feud and payment, too. Gemini and
Scorpio people adore you. Your lucky
numbers are: 34, 2, 29, 15 and 14.