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THE DAILY ASTORIAN • TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2017
Sisters: Who’s my daddy?
Dear Annie: I’m won- last name is even accurate!
dering whether you can tell There are television shows
me where to turn. I have no that help celebrities discover
where they came from, but
idea who I am.
What I mean is that my not being celebrities, where
father’s parents are a mys- can we turn? We would be
tery. My sister and I were happy to at least be able to
confirm our last
told that our father’s
name. — Who Am I?
mother (our grand-
mother) died giv-
Thanks to direct-to-
ing birth to him.
We never knew her
testing, it’s easier
name. We have sent
than ever to sleuth
money to the Penn-
out your heritage.
With a little saliva
of Vital Records,
and a chunk of
and no record of my
change (in the $100
father’s birth exists. Annie
range), you can dis-
We have sent money
cover your ancestry,
several times to the
Roman Catholic Diocese of learn about your geographi-
Pittsburgh to obtain baptism, cal origins and even possibly
first Holy Communion and find living relatives. One of
confirmation information, the most well-known compa-
nies offering these services
but that doesn’t exist.
My sister thinks the Cath- is 23andMe. Visit its website
olic Church may be hid- for more information.
ing something. We were
told our father’s sister was recently published a let-
a nun, so perhaps she is his ter from “Daughter in Dis-
real mother. Or perhaps our tress,” regarding her moth-
father was adopted. We have er’s Alzheimer’s disease and
tried ancestry websites, to her and her dad’s distress
no avail. We are now begin- after taking the mother out
ning to wonder whether our for dinner.
I’ve been around this dis-
ease in my own family and
worked at a facility, as well.
I’d like to suggest that the
family check to see whether
the facility has a dining room
available for families. This
would be a way better solu-
tion, and they wouldn’t have
to go through the agony of
hearing the mom crying and
begging to go home. Under
no circumstances should
they take her home, because
she would think she is there
for good. It takes weeks for
a patient to acclimate to a
nursing home, and if you
take someone home, she
has to go through it all over
again. The only consolation
I can offer to the daughter
and her father is that most
likely, Mom got over her
tears quickly. People fade
in and out with Alzheimer’s
sometimes, and she probably
has forgotten. But I know
they have not! — Catherine
Dear Catherine: I’m
sorry you have firsthand
experience with this issue
as a family member, but I
appreciate your sharing your
By Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Labels help us to
get organized and make sense of our world. But
labels never completely define anything, espe-
cially not a person. Today’s cosmic question: Are
you over-identifying with a label?
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You’ll say no a
good amount of times today. This is the only way
to stay focused, protect what you have and keep
on track with what you’re doing. Of course, “no”
doesn’t necessarily mean “never.”
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The pulsing move-
ment of life is like a rushing river today and you
really can’t help but go with the flow. If you hap-
pen not to like where the flow is going, however,
there will be shallow spots in which you can get
off the raft.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The others
find it hard to notice what’s right before their
eyes. You, not so much. You see it: the smallness
of it, the depth, what it really means. Point out
what you see. They might not get it today, but
someday they will.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You don’t want the
award because it’s an honor; you want it be-
cause doing what it takes to get there and then
knowing that it’s where you deserve to be is a
fulfilling consciousness to live inside.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). There’s some-
thing a little bizarre about this “normal” situation.
Indications are that the game may be rigged.
Don’t try to win. Don’t try to understand. Just try
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Someone you
want to emulate is coming into the picture, and
this person may possibly mentor you. Be
ready, on the lookout and doing your best to
communicate where you are and where you
want to go.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You have a way
about you that people like very much. They feel
that you get them. They feel more awake around
you, and yet they also feel they’ve fallen under
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Sociability and joy are
predicted for the day. People who make you
happy are close at hand. You have all you need
to do your work and be effective. Life is good.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). An issue is ready
to be addressed and resolved so that you can
move on. For this reason, you may feel a push
at your back, perhaps jarring, but also what’s
needed to get this going.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The high quality you
bring to your work isn’t an accident. You make
this happen with your intention for excellence
and your commitment to finding the most intelli-
FRANK AND ERNEST
PHOEBE AND HER UNICORN
WIZARD OF ID
ROSE IS ROSE
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The “What if?”
chain is likely to visit your thoughts today, and
without a happy agenda. Combat it with its mor-
tal enemy: “So what?” With this simple retort,
you can deflect anxiety.
TOMORROW’S BIRTHDAY (April 12). It’s
your year to take a position you once envied
and decide if it’s all you thought it would be.
Over the next 10 weeks you provide excellent
services and therefore make bank. You’ll
reconsider past ways of spending and
make a new plan in June. A big celebration
comes in August. A change of location is
featured, too. Capricorn and Aquarius adore
you. Your lucky numbers are: 8, 20, 30, 21 and