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    Tony Bennett, left, collaborated with pianist Bill Charlap on “The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern,” which is nominated for best traditional pop vocal album at this year’s Grammy Awards.

    Bennett showcases his jazz artistry on Grammy-nominated CD

    Tony Bennett once again finds himself nominated for best traditional pop vocal album for “The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern” at this year’s Grammy Awards. It’s a category Bennett has won 12 times since it was established in 1992. In contrast, this album is a sublime, intimate collaboration with jazz pianist Bill Charlap.

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    Dennis DeYoung will perform Styx’s greatest hits when he and his current band play Waukegan’s Genesee Theatre Saturday, Feb. 13.

    Dennis DeYoung to revisit Styx hits at the Genesee

    “I lived in the greatest time in the history of mankind to be a musician,” Dennis DeYoung says. The Styx co-founder still enjoys returning to his past hits and promises renditions of “Show Me the Way,” “Lady” and more when he and his current band play the Genesee Theatre Saturday, Feb. 13.

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    An elegant dusting of salmon caviar adds to the luxurious presentation of this pasta dish.

    Two for two: Pasta recipes to wow your Valentine
    Want to wow your partner? Try these two Seriously Simple pasta recipes.

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    An elegant dusting of salmon caviar adds to the luxurious presentation of this pasta dish.

    Pasta with Smoked Salmon, Dill and Caviar
    Diane Rossen Worthington shares a standout sauce for pasta featuring smoked salmon, dill and caviar.

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    Pasta with Fresh Mushroom and Port Sauce
    For sophisticated, savory dish try Diane Worthington’s Pasta with Fresh Mushroom and Port Sauce.

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    Heart-shaped cookies for your loved ones need well-chilled dough.

    Surprise your loved ones with ‘best sugar cookies ever’
    What better way to say “I love you” than with a heart-shaped cookie? The key to any cut-cookie recipe is using well-chilled dough.

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    Heart-shaped cookies for your loved ones need well-chilled dough.

    Best Sugar Cookies Ever
    Use any cutter you like for the Best Sugar Cookies Ever recipe but for Valentine’s Day heart-shapes are a must.

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    Old-Fashioned Confectioner’s Icing
    Alicia Ross tops her Best Sugar Cookies Ever with Old-Fashioned Confectioner’s Icing.

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    Some studies show that human sleep patterns vary with the phase of the moon.

    Book explores whether the moon affects human behavior

    Does a full moon really affect your behavior? A new books explores the subject.

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    Tim Newell plays Waukegan’s favorite son Jack Benny in Clockwise Theatre’s “Mr. Benny.”

    Theater events: Clockwise honors Waukegan’s favorite son in ‘Mr. Benny’

    Clockwise Theatre salutes Jack Benny; Steel Beam Theatre celebrates “Love”; and Metropolis climbs “The 39 Steps” this week in suburban Chicago theater.

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    It’s up to adult daughter to change family’s communication style

    Q. This fall, my father left my mother at home while he went to spend the winter with friends in Florida (she still works and he does not). He did not tell my mother of his intentions until the week before he left, and it was hurtful to her that he had made detailed plans without her knowledge. He did not tell me of his plans at all; I learned about it from another family member. I recently learned that he intends to make this change permanent, though he has not yet discussed this with my mother or me.I am an adult with a family of my own, and I recognize that he has fulfilled his obligations to me as a father. He has no obligation to stick around and be an involved grandparent to my son. I recognize his right to live where he wishes, and am supportive of his choice to separate from my mother, as their relationship has been tense and bitter for decades.However, I resent that he has lacked the courage or integrity to discuss his plans openly with my mother or with me. I also resent the fact that he has chosen to seriously limit his relationship with my young son, who adores him, by moving to the other side of the country. My impulse is to end all communication over social media (he loves to follow us on Facebook) and to refuse to engage in back-channel conversations until he gathers the strength and courage to speak to my mother and me directly about his plans.I can’t tell if this response is purely spiteful, or is an appropriate response to our family’s poor communication style.AnonymousA. It’s an extension of your family’s poor communication style: To deliver an unpleasant message, you’re not saying anything at all. Just like Dad.The best response, for you and especially for your son in the future, would be to use your father’s silent departure as inspiration to break the old pattern for good.And that means not going silent on him or imposing emotional sanctions, but instead actually talking to him and saying what you mean: “Dad I understand it’s your life to live as you see fit, and you and Mom need some space from each other, and you’ve long since fulfilled your obligations to me as a father. Yes, go to Florida, of course but please talk to us about this stuff. I found out through the grapevine! Please have the courage and respect for me and mom to share with us directly.”As you are sharing with him in this conversation. Show him that two people who love each other don’t have to pretend the bad stuff doesn’t exist. Include the good, too, to prove this point that your son is nuts about his grandpa.As always, if you can’t clear this hurdle or struggle with communication in other aspects of your life, then a good family therapist can help.To get what you want, you have to give what you want. It’s not foolproof — your father may well hide for the rest of his life — but it’s eloquent, not to mention necessary to a life lived with integrity. You can’t expect others to do what you yourself won’t try.• Email Carolyn at tellme@washpost.com, follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/carolyn.hax or chat with her online at noon Eastern time each Friday at www.washingtonpost.com.© 2016 The Washington Post

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    Adding obscenity to Trump’s dishonest populism

    Columnist Michael Gerson: Win or lose, Trump has brought the language and sensibilities of cable TV to presidential politics.

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    Hillary’s golden tongue

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: So what’s the big fuss about Clinton’s speaking fees, which are negotiated by her speaking agency? There seem to be two “problems,” at least if you’re Bernie Sanders.

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    Proliferation of guns will bring more accidents
    A Gurner letter to the editor: It’s far more likely a gun will be used accidentally than in self-defense.

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    Finance rule defies personal interests
    A Northbrook letter to the editor: I cannot understand how moving my money from a 401(k) where my money is at risk in the financial markets to a no-risk annuity with guaranteed income would not be in my best interest?

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    Letter rewrites religious history
    A Barrington Hills letter to the editor: Islam, Judaism and Christianity all believe in the god of Abraham. None of these three religions dispute the God that Abraham worshipped.

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    Today’s Opinion Page editorial cartoon
    Today’s Opinion Page editorial cartoon

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