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The Constant Clutter Battle: Talking to Myself and Getting Things Done

As a 21st-century mom, I am well versed in all things “Harry Potter,” and often that treasure-trove of useless knowledge percolates into my daily thought processes. For example: I was contemplating the continued disorganization of my home and trying not to fall into despair when I ...

Wife Blindsided By His Past Love

DEAR ABBY: My husband, “Bill,” and I have been happily married for 22 years and have two very active, beautiful children. Our oldest daughter has been playing on a traveling soccer team for the last five years. Bill and I go all over the country to watch her play and have become very close ...

Luke, Strahm Return Briefly

Supporters of Oglebay Institute’s Mansion Museum were thrilled to welcome appraisers and auctioneers Tim Luke and Greg Strahm back to Oglebay Park for a brief visit over the weekend. In the past, when the married couple solely operated their own appraisal business, they would spend three to ...

Single Mom’s Frustrations, Pain Boil to the Surface

DEAR ABBY: About 20 months ago, after I found out I was pregnant, I was abandoned by the father of my child. My mother had passed away a month before. So I was grieving, shocked to discover I was pregnant and devastated when I was left for another woman. I went through my pregnancy alone, gave ...

Clearly, You See Me: A Parent Realizes Her Influence

It was a typical day ending with our nightly bedtime story. My then 4-year-old proudly announced, “Mommy, I can read.” Impressed, I handed her the book of nursey rhymes. She held the book with both hands, enthusiastically looking at the picture. She straightened her shoulders and began, ...

Grandparent Feels Family Drifting Apart

DEAR ABBY: Two years ago, my son and his family moved a couple of hours away. He’s my only child. I know he’s busy with his wife, two children and his job, but I would like to hear from him more than every two weeks — or longer — just to know what is going on in their lives. He told me ...

Shingles Vaccine Protocol Differs Based on Type

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 60-year-old woman who has been taking a 200-mg tablet of acyclovir (Zovirax) every day for HSV-2 suppression. I may have an outbreak every few years, and they are pretty mild. When I do have an outbreak, I increase my dosage to 1,000 mg per day. What is the procedure when ...

Mom’s Behavior Erodes Trust

DEAR ABBY: My mother did something very disrespectful. She picked up my former boyfriend and took him to her house, saying she needed help with her curtains or something. He said when she came back in the room, she just had on a slip, like she was trying to seduce him. When I asked her if what ...

With Antibiotics, Important to Remember Less Can Be More

According to a recent review, the number of new consumer products launched in some retail stores last year was down around 10 Percent. At a time when choices of all sorts are multiplying like weeds, simplicity is becoming a selling point. Although some retailers remain skeptical of trying to ...

Capture Summer Flavors in a Jar

From the loving way I look at them, you’d think these jars were filled with a fine red wine. But no, they are filled with fine red tomatoes. How satisfied and rich they make me feel! The royal red color broadcasts richness through the sparkling clean glass. But it’s not just for show; I ...

Man’s Social Anxieties Keep Him Down

DEAR ABBY: When I was a teenager, there were many times when I made things awkward. It continues today. I try to have normal conversations with people, but when I do, I have nothing to say. My mind goes blank, so I keep quiet and walk away. I feel like the odd person out each time and like ...

Throwback Pictures Make Friend Angry

Dear Annie: “Lisa,” a friend with whom I went to high school, got rhinoplasty — aka a nose job — between high school and college. Don’t ask me why; I think she had a beautiful face beforehand, but that’s a tale for another letter. I’m writing to you about a disagreement that’s ...

Make Safety The Norm

I remember as a kid riding in the “way back” of our station wagon where the dog and I could romp or laze around at will, whether it was on our way to Columbus or Piedmont Lake or just a couple miles to K’s Foodland. One summer my stepsister and I rode in the hatchback of her mom’s VW ...

Daughter Tired Of Indulging Mom’s Proselytizing Pal

DEAR ABBY: There’s this woman I’ve known since I was a child. She’s a Jehovah’s Witness I’ll call Beatrice. She comes by my house every so often to share pamphlets and talk about her religion. She is a casual friend of my mother’s (who I live with), so I feel I have to let her ...

It’s My Party, I’ll Bring the Cake

Dear Annie: I’m planning my birthday party. I’m renting out a room in a beautiful bar/event space downtown. I’ve got about 15 friends coming. Recently, in passing, I mentioned to one of my friends that I’d ordered a cake from a bakery for the occasion. She said, “You’re getting your ...

Steffl Chosen For Art Project

Artist Melanie Steffl, who hails from Mount Pleasant, has been chosen by Astoria Visual Arts to work in its studios in Astoria, Oregon, as part of the AVA artist-in-residence program. She and artist Lucca Dust are participating in the residency that runs through Dec. 31. “Melanie and ...

Student-Athlete Compensation Debate Persists

For the first time in its history, Wheeling Jesuit University has a football team. Under the direction of head coach Zac Bruney, the Cardinals will play several exhibition games this inaugural year. Then, they will have a full schedule in the NCAA Division II of the Mountain East Conference ...

Research, Experience Prove Importance of Friendships

I had the pleasure of attending the Ohio County Relay For Life, and, if a picture is worth a thousand words, this is the picture of the importance of friendships. It is touching, even emotional, to see survivors and their families and friends encouraging and supporting one another as they fight ...

Boy’s Treatment Of Animals Causes Concern

DEAR ABBY: My 3-year-old grandson hurts animals. He’s intelligent and articulate. He understands many concepts about all kinds of things. Frankly, I’m scared. It’s because he is so intelligent and high-functioning. I feel he should have more empathy than he does. He has been doing this ...

The Real Man Comes Out After Marriage

Dear Annie: I have been married for one year to a classmate whom I reconnected with at our 50th high school class reunion. While he was courting me, he seemed perfect. He spent money on me, bought loving cards, bought flowers, took me to restaurants and fancy hotels. You get the picture. He ...