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Family Tragedy Raises Mental Illness Concerns

DEAR ABBY: I have a 14-year-old daughter I have raised alone. Her father has never been in her life, nor has he been in the lives of his other children with other women. He has a long history of criminal behavior and mental illness. Although he hasn’t been part of her life, I have done ...

A Teacher’s Thoughts On Holidays

The jokes are all over my Facebook feed right now regarding things teachers say during the last two weeks of school before winter break. Those of us who teach look at them, share them and laugh. “Just survive somehow”; it’s one of our private little teacher jokes (or just my own “The ...

Leave Colds, Flu Out of Your Holiday Giving

’Tis the Season ... for celebrating, for remembering, for giving, for worshiping, for being thankful, for family — and for sharing infectious diseases. What? You don’t remember adding colds and flu to your holiday wish list? Hopefully, respiratory viruses are on your what-to-avoid ...

Husband ‘Media Cheating’ on Her

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for 22 years, and to my knowledge, he has always been committed to me and our family. However, recently he upgraded to a new phone, and I have found he is continually exploring porn and pictures of nude women. I know that all guys look at this from ...

Christmas Babies Enjoy Celebrations

DEAR ABBY: This letter is in response to “Blessed in New York” (Aug. 4), the mom who gave birth to her precious daughter on Christmas Day and wondered if maybe she should have timed her pregnancy better. Our daughter was born on Dec. 20. When she was only a few years old, we purchased a ...

Bloodwork Can Be Skewed By Having a Cold

DEAR DR. ROACH: For the second time in two years, I’ve had bloodwork done due to massive headache, general tiredness and body pains. Both times, I also had very minor signs of a cold (post-nasal drip). My recent test shows elevated neutrophils of 89 percent (normal range is 40-80 percent), ...

He Keeps Her In the Dark About Partner

DEAR ABBY: My husband met a gal 33 years younger than he is at a doctor’s office. It seems they “became close,” so they went off and bought real estate together in another state. They spend weeks at a time together there alone. When they are both here in town, they have ...

Recipe For Cookies From A Cake Mix

Dear Heloise: You have a recipe for Cookies From Cake Mixes that I’ve always loved. Sadly, when we moved to a new house, I must have lost the recipe. Could you reprint it for me? — Ada F., Sparks, Nev. Ada, it’s one of my favorite recipes, and it’s so easy to make. Here it ...

Enabling A Son Who Is Unwell

Dear Annie: My stepson, “Dale,” lives off benefits from the government and his father — my sweet, loving husband, who is in his 70s. Dale has not worked for five years, and his dad bails him out of every scrape and crisis he gets himself into. Dale has been fired from every job he has ...

Time to Take Back the Wheels

Dear Annie: I am at a loss as to how to get my car back from my mom’s house. A little history first: My brother and his family have lived at my parents’ home on and off since they got married because of financial hardship. I have also lived there at times during my adult life, but I have ...

Authors Sharing Fun Facts

Co-authors Marc Harshman of Wheeling and Anna Egan Smucker of Bridgeport, W.Va., formerly of Weirton, shared the back story of their new children’s book, “Fallingwater: The Building of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Masterpiece,” with area audiences this past week. The authors spoke at Lunch ...

Over Time Man Sees His Role in Divorce

DEAR ABBY: After 16 months of casual dating, I married my ex-wife. We met through Facebook. Unfortunately, we couldn’t make the marriage work, and after two years we divorced. That was two years ago. It was my first marriage and her second. I was angry that we couldn’t make it work, and ...

Man Harbors Hate for Stepson

Dear Annie: I am a 42-year-old man with two teenage sons. I have been married to my second wife for almost a year. She has an 11-year-old son, “Brice.” rice never had a man in his life until I married his mom. He is respectful and a sweet kid, but for some reason, I hate him. I know that ...

Relationships Are Only as Healthy As People in Them

Dear Annie: I’m at my wits’ end dealing with my friend’s glum, woe-is-me attitude. I’ve known “Max” since we worked together at a restaurant when I was in college. He was in his early 20s and had grown up in the town. He said he regretted not getting a bachelor’s degree. As we ...

Melatonin Safe To Take Daily

DEAR DR. ROACH: In a recent column, you responded to a reader asking about the link between Benadryl and dementia, and near the end you mentioned that melatonin is “very safe.” I’ve heard that taking melatonin can affect your body’s natural production of melatonin, causing a loop — ...

Not Everyone Is a Hugger

DEAR ABBY: I am not a hugger. In fact, I pretty much always hate it. But people think I’m rude when I don’t open my arms to hug after they’ve opened theirs. And they also think I’m rude when I tell them I’m not really a hugger. It happens with friends, fellow church congregants and ...

Get Ready for the Christmas Calorie Countdown

Here are a few Christmas foods that can sneak up on you, and what it would take to burn off those calories: HANDFUL OF MIXED NUTS = 36 minutes of standing in line to see Santa with three rambunctious kids (mild calisthenics) Fit Tip: Nuts are healthy, but they’re high in calories (1 ounce ...

Teen Feels Pressure To Have Sex

DEAR ABBY: I’m a teenage girl who has always heard and seen on TV and in movies that there’s pressure from guys to have sex. That may be true, but I feel there is also pressure from society. I never thought I would feel like that when I got to high school, but now I do. It hurts, and I am ...

Keep Family Healthy, Safe For Holidays

The next month is a time we often spend with families and friends. We are often shopping, traveling, decorating and cooking. What steps can we take to make sure that we remain safe and healthy during what many song artists say and many of us believe is “the most wonderful time of the ...

Holiday Feast Leftovers Not Fair Game

Dear Annie: At the recent Thanksgiving celebration, I was again faced with a situation that has bothered me for some time now. We take turns in my family hosting a holiday. This year, it was my turn to host Thanksgiving. I truly love cooking for this feast. Everyone brings a dish, and I ...