THE DAILY ASTORIAN • FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2018 FEATURES TOMORROW’S HOROSCOPE Addiction affects household Dear Annie: My 52-year- this, and I can tell you’re at old stepdaughter is on a point of desperation. It’s drugs and has been for 20 painful, scary and frustrating years. Her mom has had her to feel as though you’re at the removed from our home four mercy of a family member’s or five times, but she is now addiction and mental illness. back living here. She is caus- But you do not have to be. ing so much stress to It’s time to take back DEAR the whole family, and your home and ensure we do not know where ANNIE the safety of your to go for help. She wife. Your stepdaugh- ter poses a threat to refuses to go to any your wife’s safety, type of rehab. She is paranoid — and this constitutes barricading herself in an emergency, so con- tact the authorities to her bedroom with a remove her from the dresser nailed against Lane house (again). For the door, such that she Annie Creators Syndicate Inc. further guidance, call has to enter from out- side the house. She is the National Alliance becoming physically abusive on Mental Illness HelpLine to her mom, who is frail. She (800-950-6264). was once arrested for phys- Dear Annie: Your ically abusing an elderly response to “We Deserve gentleman. Happiness” was good for We, as well as her younger some situations but may have sister and her family, are at missed one serious reason a our wits’ end as to what to widow’s adult children might do, where to go and whom object to his new relation- to contact for help with her. ship with her. “Mom” may Suggestions, please! We must be suffering from the early do something before it is too or middle stages of demen- tia. These symptoms can be late. — Need Help Dear Need Help: I’m so very well-hidden from new sorry you’re going through people in a person’s life, but adult children would be very much aware of the progres- sion of the disease and would be right to be protective of their parent’s well-being. My mom suffered with vascular dementia for 10 years before recently passing. She was very good at hid- ing her symptoms, even with some family members, and faking her familiarity with a person or situation, giving outward appearances that she was just fine. In reality, her disease was progressing, and she confided to my brother and me that her brain was just not working as it used to. We had to keep a close and pro- tective eye on her, especially when new people came into the picture, because of the high risk of someone’s taking advantage of her sweet and giving nature — and several did try. — Dawn Dear Dawn: I am so sorry for your loss. I would never discourage children from protecting their par- ent in such a situation. Bless you for looking out for your mom, just as she once looked out for you. 3C By Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc. ARIES (March 21-April 19). The finished product may not be anything even close to what you were hoping for, but the hoping is so much fun. Shouldn’t that count for some- thing? SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). To relax in the company of new people is not easy for most people. The awkward moments are realer and facilitate greater connection than the graceful ones. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The tourists are trying to discover all that a place has to offer in the limited time they are going to be there. In some ways you’ll feel like a tourist, traveling to new worlds that just happen to be close to home. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Offering a bit of grace is never a bad idea. It’s not top of mind, of course. The mind tends to be topped by such things as exerting superiority and proving its omnipotence. But your better angels will prevail. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Of course it’s better to make something important than to make something perfect. It’s also much eas- ier. “Important” serves the people it matters to, whereas “perfect” serves an idea ... and very likely an idea that only you are having! CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The ob- sessive types will fare well in the current cosmic climate as they cling to one idea and won’t let go until everyone around them is on board. You’ll participate in such enthusiasm all weekend. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Go where people need you. This is the luckiest place for you now. Helping others always helps you; sometimes it helps you eventually, but today it will help you immediately. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). If the action were distilled into a short synopsis, it would go something like this: You’ll show up, ap- preciate what others give, give your own and then leave. Your interests will advance. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Why should things that matter most be at the mercy of things that matter least? Turn it around to the extent that you can. The first step is in recognizing the problem. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You’re different from the others. You give great attention to the small. You learn from the meek. You have fun with the strong without joining them in the pursuits that don’t serve your highest purpose. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There are those whose main mission is to seek oppositional positions. They are teenagers; they are trolls; they are the antagonists of the story, and they are only doing their job. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Today there will be things that call for an emotional response (relationships, passions) and things that don’t go well when emotions are involved (investments of the monetary variety.) FRANK AND ERNEST BLONDIE THATABABY SALLY FORTH PHOEBE AND HER UNICORN B.C. LOLA DILBERT SIX CHIX BIZARRO MUTTS NON SEQUITUR BABY BLUES WIZARD OF ID ZITS ROSE IS ROSE TOMORROW’S BIRTHDAY (April 7). The world responds to your friendly energy. The next 13 weeks show you working with diverse talents and adding new skills to your own arsenal. You’ll be asked to commit in May. You’ll be building something important in July. Investments of time and energy pay financial dividends in August. Love signs are Leo and Cancer. Your lucky numbers are: 40, 15, 3, 20 and 18.