HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 — You are a naturally curious person who is verbally expressive and dynamic. You are kind, well-meaning and always fair. This year is a bit slower for you; it is totally appropriate for you to focus on yourself and your closest relationships. Trust your intuition this year, because it is unusually strong. Accept the help of others if it is offered.

The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult

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“The difference between misery and happiness depends on what we do with our attention.”

The good news about Windows 11 automatic encryption is that at least some readers can avoid the problem. In the last two columns, I’ve warned that Microsoft had set Windows 11 Home and Pro operating systems to automatically encrypt consumer data. I said that was dangerous because if a PC wer…

DEAR DR. ROACH: I would like your advice on the supplement berberine. My husband is a Type 2 diabetic, and he recently read an article about the benefits of berberine for lowering blood sugar. It’s supposedly better than cinnamon, which he is currently taking. — A.H.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Monday, Dec. 6, 2021 — You are a truth-seeker. You love knowledge and constantly strive to learn more. You also have a flair for the dramatic and know how to cause a stir. This year requires flexibility on your part because you are undergoing change. Until 2021 is over, yo…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 — You are sociable, independent, strong-willed and confident. You are always energetic and enthusiastic about life. You are lucky to be attractive and appealing to others. This has been a wonderful year to socialize and enjoy the company of others. I…

DEAR DR. ROACH: I used to give whole blood two to five times a year but several years ago I went on meds for an enlarged prostate and was told by the Red Cross that they could not use my blood due to the risk of birth defects if a pregnant woman received blood containing finasteride.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 — You are independent and strong-willed. People are attracted to your confidence and enthusiasm about life. You’re not a casual person. You have strong beliefs and you are very loyal to others or a cause. This is a quieter year for you because you are …

DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m 71 and have had both Moderna COVID-19 vaccination shots. When I called my doctor to inquire about a Moderna booster, I was told one was not available now but that I could take the Pfizer booster. Can you confirm this? I’m a little wary of taking another type of booster sh…

In an era when shopping and working are done online, and the need to be anywhere is less essential than ever, the demand for all-wheel-drive vehicles with the ability to get anywhere at any time makes little sense. But neither does the fact that Americans have bought 15 million Chia Pets.

The iconic Land Rover Defender — the one most people know from safari shows — had an aluminum body, didn’t have carpets or air bags, but it did have a 182 horsepower V8 engine under its hood that averaged about 13 miles per gallon.

DEAR DR. ROACH: How reliable are home COVID-19 tests? I’ve read one article that said that if you tested negative you could be certain that you did not have COVID-19, but if you tested positive there was a significant chance of a false positive. Another article said exactly the opposite. Wha…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021 — You are a feeler. You are a naturally emotional person who is vibrant and has a sunny personality. You are very creative; however, you need a lot of variety in your life to stay fresh. This is a very exciting year for you because you are opening ne…

“That virtue we appreciate is as much ours as another’s. We see so much only as we possess.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 — You are ambitious, resourceful, passionate and fiercely independent. You have big dreams and fantasies. People love your wit. This year is the end of a nine-year cycle for you, which is why it is totally appropriate for you to wrap up things and f…

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am told by doctors that the natural immunity your body develops by having had the COVID-19 virus is just as, or even more, effective at protecting you as one of the three vaccines that you are pushing people to get. Like I’ve read up on, natural immunity is science also. Wi…

DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m a 67-year-old male who was recently diagnosed with diabetes. I have had both Moderna doses for COVID-19. I have read all along that people with diabetes are at a much higher risk for complications with COVID-19, and I’ve read that the breakthrough infections, for the most…

Q. My kids are always looking for excuses to get their dad and me together. Last time, because my car broke down, they thought it was just fine for all of us to drive 50 miles together to watch our daughter’s violin recital. I think it’s weird. I’d rather stay home than drive with their dad …

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021 — You have excellent verbal skills and can articulate your thoughts with clever humor. You are warm, caring and compassionate. You are also hardworking and have a personal sense of ethics and honor. This year’s a time of fresh beginnings for you. Thi…

“There’s no such thing in anyone’s life as an unimportant day.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Monday, Nov. 29, 2021 — You are friendly, warm and optimistic when dealing with others. You are curious, candid and idealistic. You love to make people laugh. This is the perfect year for you to wrap up things that you have been involved with for the past nine years. Certa…

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 69-year-old woman in good health. For a couple of years, I have had increasing trouble sleeping because of having to get up during the night to urinate. It is now four to eight times per night. I am careful not to drink much after early afternoon. I have a healthy diet…

Luke 1:76-79 (ESV) “And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from…