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Abuse survivor can’t handle family questions

Dear Amy: I am the youngest in my family; my siblings are older by many years. Years ago, I found out that my father had a history of abusing girls. At a family reunion a couple of years ago, one of my older nieces asked me about my father — apparently she was one of his victims.

Christmas bird count data show red-bellied woodpecker numbers in the London area are increasing. The CBC count total of 166 species smashed last year’s total of 109 that also had been a new mark for London. (photo by PAUL NICHOLSON/SPECIAL TO POSTMEDIA NEWS)

Frigid weather hampers area bird counts

This year’s Christmas bird counts, the annual early-winter census of our avian friends, wrapped up on Friday. Although a common theme among the Southwestern Ontario bird counts (CBCs) was freezing temperatures, there were still interesting observations and lots of participating birders.

Glass closures clear advantage

One of the Italian red wines recommended this week comes with a surprise. When you open the Cusumano Nero d’Avola you don’t have to extract a cork or twist off a screwcap, you just click off a stylish glass top.

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Volatile aunt makes niece rethink invitation

Dear Amy: My aunt has a long history of being volatile with the family. She runs very hot and cold. I have fond memories of her when I was a child. As a young adult, she has been generous toward me.

Sibling dreads meeting gay brother’s partner

Dear Amy: Earlier this year my youngest brother “came out.” The fact that he is gay isn’t exactly shocking, but it’s something we are all still adjusting to. He is the youngest, so he is spoiled, and acts very emotional when he doesn’t get his way.