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Teen Weighs Impact Of Joining Alliance

DEAR ABBY: I’m 14, starting my freshman year in high school and, of course, will be joining lots of clubs to prepare for college. My best friend is gay, and when I asked her if she wanted to join any clubs together, she suggested the Gay-Straight Alliance club. As a saved Christian, I am ...

Analyze Behavior Patterns to Address Problems

Teachers, parents and other caregivers are often asked to address difficult behavior in children. While this can be frustrating at times, changing our view of difficult behavior can help reduce frustration in caregivers and improve outcomes for our children. In order to change our view of ...

Friend Lacks Follow-through

Dear Annie: After college, I moved across the country to New York City. Coming from a small university, only a few friends moved to the big city with me, and we took very different career paths. However, I felt OK about the move because one of my best friends from college, “Olivia,” was ...

Electronic Pacemaker Not Forever

DEAR DR. ROACH: How does a person with a pacemaker die? Won’t the pacemaker keep the heart beating? My husband is 87 and on his seventh pacemaker. Please advise so that I know what to expect. — G.D. ANSWER: An electronic pacemaker is implanted for a variety of electrical problems with the ...

Man Wonders If Loose Grip Allows Girlfriends to Stray

DEAR ABBY: I have been in two relationships. The first was with a girl a couple of years older than I am. We were together for several years before she cheated on me and dumped me. I was crushed. The next girl was a few years younger. She did the same thing after we were together a ...

Ways to Get Out Of Exercise Rut

Have you ever been in the midst of your fitness program and just don’t feel like moving today? Ever feel like you just don’t have the energy to keep going, or you need a break from it? Well, you are certainly not alone. Feeling “stuck in a rut” or “hitting a plateau” is very ...

Impending Birth Of Twins Isn’t Enough to Get Him to Commit

DEAR ABBY: I have been with my boyfriend for three years. I am pregnant with twins, and we already have a son together. His daughter lives with us as well. With this pregnancy coming to term, I keep throwing hints to him about us becoming engaged, but he brushes them off. I know he’s the ...

Sad About Growing Older

Dear Annie: I’m 81 years old. Of all the issues I read about regarding seniors, no one seems to acknowledge this one, and I just know I am not alone in this: the grief of trying to come to grips with the fact that I am old. First let me say that I live with my husband of 60 years; I have ...

Wet Weather Brings Soil Problems

A season of rain is as trying as a season of drought. Excess rain creates gooey soil, which is no fun for planting if you are a human and no fun for growing if you are a plant. Roots need air, and day after day of rain can fill all the soil pores with water. The result: Roots have trouble ...

Co-worker Drones On

Dear Annie: I have a co-worker who, for many reasons, drives me up the wall. “Lana” is older than I am by at least 35 years and sits across from me at work. This would be fine, except she will not stop talking. No matter how little interest I show or how many times I say “You told me ...

Unapologetic Mom Keeps Up Affair

DEAR ABBY: My mother is dating a married man, and this is not the first time. While I love her, I don’t think what she’s doing is right. This affair has been going on for years. I tried broaching the subject with her, but she said it’s her business and unless I’m helping to pay her ...

Defending Interracial Relationship

DEAR ABBY: I am in an interracial relationship with a guy whose parents don’t support our being together because I’m from a different race and culture than he is. Our countries of origin were antagonistic in the past. When his parents tell him to break off relations with me, he listens ...

Find Beauty In The Gray Areas of Life

Dear Annie: I have a gray problem — and not with my hair. I am surrounded by black-and-white-minded friends and family. They have inflexible opinions on every subject. And they all call my grayness fence-sitting. I’m sure I’m not the only one with this dilemma. What’s a person to ...

Yellow Fever Vax Only For High Risk

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband and I are taking a cruise around South America that includes several stops in Brazil. We both are 72 and in good health. What is your opinion about our getting the yellow fever vaccine? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it “should be given ...

Husband Gives Up Smoking, Still Drinks

DEAR ABBY: I am married to a great guy. We’ve been together 27 years, so I know him well. He recently stopped smoking after 30 years of nicotine addiction. He did it cold turkey, and he’s been smoke-free for three months now. I’m proud of him and tell him so. The problem is, when he ...

Moore Gets New Post In Africa

Former Wheeling resident Jina Moore has joined the New York Times as its East Africa bureau chief in Nairobi, Kenya. Moore, a 1998 graduate of Wheeling Park High School, was honored in May as the school’s outstanding alumnus of the year. During the graduation ceremony at WesBanco Arena, she ...

Plans for Happy Future Thwarted By Old Rival

DEAR ABBY: I had a baby girl with my longtime best friend, “Adam.” “April” is now 3 weeks old. I thought everything would be OK as co-parents because, even though we’re not together, we get along and almost never fight. Six weeks before April was born, Adam began seeing a girl we ...

Spouse Can’t Fix Issue Between Wife, Her Mother

DEAR ABBY: My wife and I met four years ago, have been married for two and I still haven’t met her mother. My mother-in-law, a homophobic, self-proclaimed “evangelist prophet,” refuses to acknowledge our union. Her behavior upsets my wife, which angers me to the point that I have no ...

No Clean Answer In Dishes Debate

Dear Annie: This is a constant debate in my house, and I am sure it is in others. I would like to know your opinion on this. I say that if you clean dishes under running hot water (with soap, of course), you can get them cleaner. My son believes the best method is to fill the whole sink with ...

MRI Tops CT For Brain, Vessel Info

DEAR DR. ROACH: In 2016, I had a brain MRI without contrast, which showed chronic small-vessel brain disease and a remote lacunar infarct in the right cerebellum. This brain MRI was done because I was experiencing insomnia, along with dizzy spells, brain fog, poor judgment and difficulty ...