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Teen wants to chart own path
Dear Annie: I am 15 years old
and I love your column. Here’s
my problem: Ever since I was
a little girl, I had one dream —
to become an astronaut. I would
gaze at the stars for hours each
night, and I learned everything I
could from books.
However, my parents have
always drilled into me that I was
to become a doctor or lawyer.
They are very strict, and I always
have obeyed them. I believe they
do this for my bene¿t. 0y par-
ents grew up poor. They want me
to make heaps of money so I will
want for nothing.
Whenever I bring up the topic
of becoming an astronaut, they
quickly shut it down, because
they don’t believe astronauts earn
enough. 0y parents will never
support me in this. I have only
one path, already drawn, com-
plete with college courses and job
openings. 0y parents see their
friends’ children becoming law-
yers, surgeons or specialists, and
they expect me to do the same.
Even my teachers and friends
give me doubtful looks when I
tell them what I want to do.
But let’s say that I cut ties
with my parents and take college
classes in physics and astronomy
and don’t get into 1$6$. 0ed-
icine is a solid ¿eld. <ou can
¿nd jobs anywhere. 6hoot for
the stars? Very funny. Do I live
for myself or my parents? —
Trapped in the Grave of a Dream
Dear Trapped: Dreams are
great, but they do not always
translate to reality, as you know.
According to NASA, the com-
petition to be an astronaut is,
well, astronomical — there are
an average of 4,000 applicants
for 20 openings every two years.
<ou’d need a degree in engineer-
ing, science or mathematics, and
then three years of related experi-
ence. Astronaut salaries are solid,
but will not make you wealthy.
But we don’t want you to give up
your dream if you are that com-
mitted to it.
The good news is, you don’t
have to decide today. In college,
a pre-med program will require
many of the same science classes
that you would need to be an
astronaut. This will give you an
opportunity to see how well you
do in those subjects, and your
parents will have no objections.
Dear Annie: 0y husband
died recently from complications
due to Parkinson’s disease. He,
too, suffered the indignities of
incontinence, and initially refused
adult diapers, even though he
I solved the problem by ask-
ing the nursing staff not to use
the “D” word. After all, infants
wear diapers and I did not want
to infantilize my husband. I asked
them to use the word “undergar-
ments” to preserve the patient’s
I am happy to report that the
entire staff eliminated the word
“diaper” around my husband, and
probably around all the other res-
idents of the nursing home, as
well. Hopefully, they understood
that one must give dignity and
respect to everyone, no matter the
circumstances. — Advocating for
Dear Advocate: Sometimes
the solutions to such problems
THE DAILY ASTORIAN • MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016
By Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). The deal goes
down; the exchange favors you. You may not
immediately feel the force of your good fortune.
Maybe you won’t even see how you’re on top.
Days from now you’ll understand the many
benefits of your position.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Relationship
drama prevails. (SET ITAL) Is his love true?
How do I win her heart? Will the dish run away
with the spoon? (END ITAL) It’s too soon to tell
the answers. The important thing is not to ag-
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your desire for
achievement can be like a constant purring
need inside you, and it can also be a ferocious,
roaring hunger. It’s the hunger that will motivate
today’s choices. Get out of the way, world!
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Those who
have been around the scene a while will try to
mentor you, or maybe they are just showing off
to impress the new person. Either way, relax
and respect, but don’t commit.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). This passionate sky
could trigger your fire sign nature in any num-
ber of directions — maybe through intense
love, and maybe through anger. Both can po-
tentially affect your actions before you even re-
alize how you’re feeling.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There’s a way to
get what you want and make another person
richer in the process. Keep brainstorming until
you hit on a mutually profitable arrangement.
Fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) will be par-
ticularly lucky for you.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Everyone likes
a nice, good, decent person, and most are
striving daily to fit the description. So why is it
so hard to be good sometimes? Moments of
weakness happen. Forgive yourself. Forget it.
FRANK AND ERNEST
PHOEBE AND HER UNICORN
WIZARD OF ID
ROSE IS ROSE
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The disap-
pointing experience of the past has created
a new dynamic inside you. It feels something
like revenge, but there is no ill intent in this fiery
resolve to get powerful enough to make things
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Your work
will be like a dance. You’ll move in close and
connect in support of a partner. You’ll build
trust. You are there to catch one another for
those risky showoff moves.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Bottom
line: The ones who never fail aren’t trying hard
enough. You’re becoming less and less con-
cerned about looking like a winner. Your need
to stretch and test the limits will override your
need to keep up appearances.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Friends will
inspire you with what they do to stay healthy,
attractive and well-fed. Maybe you’ll even try
out some of their practices. You have your own
rituals, but you’re always adding to that arsenal.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Being ready to
take on the world starts with looking the part.
Take as long as you need; an extensive self-
care routine will be worth the effort and mon-
ey. Your attention to detail will catch the eye of
those you want to impress.
TUESDAY’S BIRTHDAY (April 26). You’ve
weathered a process of review and now you’ll
excel because of it. You’ll process and apply
criticism then succeed in ways you’ve wanted
to for years now. June, September and Janu-
ary are your most lucrative months. Be wary
of large investments for the rest of 2016; small
ones will take you further, believe it or not!
Aquarius and Libra adore you. Your lucky num-
bers are: 30, 11, 41, 7 and 19.