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Atheist Mom Supports Church-going Children

DEAR ABBY: I am an atheist. My parents, although raised Presbyterian, never to my knowledge participated in organized religion, so it was not part of my upbringing. Last year my mom started going to church again, and my kids have been going with her. I’ve always said they can make their own ...

Teen Feels The Sky Is Falling

Dear Annie: I’m a sophomore in high school. Lately, I’ve been having some anxiety. I can’t quite pinpoint it, but it’s this sense of impending doom, as if something very bad is about to happen. For example, I’ll be lying in bed and suddenly I’ll be overcome with dread, thinking the ...

Resolution? BREAK IT

January is already here, and almost over.  It goes by fast.  You made all those resolutions, but it’s cold, or you’re just too busy to make your resolutions stick. I know there are many acronyms being used today, especially in our text-based life. However, I have one more for you: BREAK ...

Mom Wants To Defuse Her Anger

DEAR ABBY: I am a 23-year-old woman, and I know I should have a lot more patience than I do right now. I’m happily married with two beautiful children. After work when I return home, I’m fine for the first hour or so. But if my children start to get loud or keep asking me to do something, I ...

Don’t Put Poinsettias On the Curb

Poinsettias have become the best-selling potted plants in the United States, and are second in popularity only to Christmas trees during the holiday season. Unfortunately, they also are among the least understood. They are not annuals. Poinsettias don’t have to be tossed to the curb with ...

Sister’s Online Comment Stings

Dear Annie: Recently, I copied an article and reposted it on Facebook. The article dealt with a woman who has handicapped license plates. She does not appear to be physically handicapped, although she is. Another woman had approached her in a parking lot and harassed her for using the ...

Mom, Ex Can’t Agree About Girl’s Phone

DEAR ABBY: I bought my 11-year-old daughter a cellphone. My ex does not approve. We have been divorced for six years, and he still can’t get over it. He despises me. He refuses to listen to why I want her to have a cellphone. While I want her to be responsible with it, I realize she will ...

Friend’s Behavior Changes

Dear Annie: I have a friend named “Paula.” At least I think she’s my friend. We met in nursing school in the 1980s and have hung out ever since. But for almost a year, she’s been acting odd. We like to go out for Chinese food at least once a month. She often calls at the last minute ...

Friends Say He’s Being Naive About Neighbor’s Intent

Dear Annie: My wife and I are in our 30s and live next to a very kind gentleman in his 60s, whose wife passed away four years ago. We get along very well with him and have been very generous in looking after him. He has always made his gratitude for our filling the void in his life very ...

Artists Attract Attention

A major creative force in the art scene of Wheeling and beyond, watercolorist Marilyn Hughey Phillis, will be celebrating an important milestone in the coming weeks. An internationally recognized artist, teacher and workshop leader, Phillis lived in Wheeling for many years and later in St. ...

I'm not sure what year these date to but definitely pre-1970's when tools like stoves and coffeepots were no longer preferred symbols of women. I like them because they recall the Home Sweet Home focus of prior generations of women.

Charms Create a Collectible Fashion Statement

Charm bracelets remain a popular collectible in the jewelry world. Every major department store has charms and bracelets available from costume jewelry firms with themes to suit every woman, young or old. Status jewelry brands like Tiffany and top designers also offer higher-priced versions to ...

Shy Guy Needs Boost To Put Best Foot Forward

DEAR ABBY: My friend “Russ” is a sweet, quiet, reserved guy with a goofy side. He’s in his mid-20s, but has never kissed a girl or gone out on a date. (He is the kind of person girls regard as a brother figure.) He has no confidence and doesn’t drink, dance or let loose. I have seen his ...

Autoimmune Disease Linked To Implants?

DEAR DR.  ROACH: I received silicone-gel breast implants a few years ago. After six months or so, I began to have strange symptoms, including joint pain, fatigue and terrible hives. The condition got worse over time, and neither an allergist nor a dermatologist could conclusively diagnose a ...

High School Nemesis Still On the Warpath

DEAR ABBY: I need your help in dealing with an old “frenemy.” “Jenny” and I were friends in high school, but she constantly berated me and accused me of taking advantage of her. She would make herself feel better by putting me down. After she went away to college, she got pregnant by ...

Teach Kids to Find Value in Themselves

I have been thinking a lot about my girls and the lessons, intended and unintended,  that they are learning from me. I have always said my goals for my daughters were kindness and curiosity. Within those two qualities were empathy, vulnerability, purpose and learning — all I deem valuable ...

Social Life Suffers After Son in Recovery Moves In

Dear Annie: My husband and I are in our 60s and have lived in our community for almost 20 years. The community has mostly retired couples, many of whom have been friends for years. We have three adult children, who are all settled and successful. However, four years ago, our 36-year-old son ...

Gym-shy Girl Can Walk For Exercise

DEAR ABBY: My mom wants me to exercise more. Currently, I just walk a lot (in my house and around the block). I know exercise is a good idea, but I’m really self-conscious about it. I never feel like I’m doing it right (because I know you can easily pull a muscle), and I feel like everyone ...

Woman Wants To Know If She’s Abusive

Dear Annie: I have a friend I’ve known for at least 15 years. A month ago, I invited her and her husband for dinner. When both of my kids told me they didn’t want her over, I couldn’t believe it. I asked why. I told them that she’s always been good to them and she’d love to see them, ...

Husband Tries To ‘Romance’ Abused Wife Who Escaped

DEAR ABBY: In the beginning of our marriage there was physical abuse and marital rape. I stayed anyway. Over the years we had two children. My husband, “Seth,” and I don’t communicate because he has refused to talk about any issues we have. During the last few years, my youngest son has ...

Good Bug, Bad Bug

Native insects, much like native plants, play an important role in the food web. A food web is a network of feeding relationships that describes how energy is transferred from one organism to another. Insects play an important role in transferring energy from plants to animals that do not eat ...