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Couple Disagree About Adoption

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been happily married for two years. We both want biological children later, when the timing is right. A while ago, some friends adopted a little girl from Russia. The girl was orphaned and badly in need of medical treatment. Our friends got her everything ...

‘As You Wish’

You can’t always get what you want. But I have discovered with some proactive effort, sometimes you can get what you wish. Like most modern moms, I have many responsibilities both inside and outside the home, all of which require 100 percent of my attention and effort, 100 percent of the ...

Knoblich Scores Award

Wheeling storyteller Rich Knoblich has been honored by his peers in the West Virginia Storytelling Guild. The group presented its Bob McWhorter Achievement Award to Knoblich recently. The award is actually a clock, which is a rather ironic symbol to represent the timeless art of ...

Secret History of Molestation Makes Dad an Ongoing Threat

DEAR ABBY: My very best friend growing up was repeatedly raped by her father from around age 13. She told me when we were 17. I reported it to a policeman, but back then, they couldn’t do anything unless she reported it. She refused in order to protect her mother. Her mom is gone now, but ...

Full STEAM Ahead At Summer Camp

“I’m a genius!” exclaimed one middle schooler participating in Ohio County Schools’ first ever middle/high school STEAM Camp. The scene is remarkable; students are fully engaged, offer assistance to each other and persist with difficult challenges — all while smiling and ...

Control Weeds With Variety of Tactics

The summer solstice is on its way with our longest day of the year on June 21 and then the slow slide of the sun down the horizon. The hills are vibrating the green of the trees and foliage into our brains. The change is such a wonder from the pall of winter. Our gardens are filling up ...

Medical Issues Prompt Concern And Contempt

Dear Annie: This concerns unwanted reactions by others to my husband’s and my medical problems. My husband has balance and coordination problems, for which we have been seeking answers for years. He sometimes stumbles or falls. I have experienced a degeneration in tendons of both hands and ...

Dad’s Rocky Relationship Causes Bumps

DEAR ABBY: I’m turning 17 and live with my dad and his girlfriend. They have broken up four times, causing my dad and me to retreat to the basement where we live the peaceful, happy life we did before he met her. When they first started dating, she was very nice, and I liked her. However, ...

Classic Books Teach Lifelong Lessons

As an AP English language and composition teacher, I’m used to giving summer reading assignments to my incoming seniors. This summer, I decided to give the readers of this column three (Yes, I said three! No whining, please.) summer reading assignments. Your tasks: 1. Watch the PBS series, ...

Cheating Stems From Loneliness

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I are both active duty military. We have been married for three years and have an 18-month-old daughter together. My husband is sweet, handsome and a great father. We got married very quickly, and I think that’s where our problems began. He isn’t good at ...

Healthy And Safe Grilling

Grilling is fun and flavorful and can be one of the healthiest ways to cook, but did you know that an estimated 128,000 Americans are hospitalized with food poisoning each summer? Foodborne illness can be prevented by taking precautions. When purchasing any raw meat, poultry or seafood, ...

Staycation, All I Ever Wanted

WalletHub released its Best & Worst Cities for a Staycation last week. Spoiler alert: Wheeling isn’t on the list. Sitting pretty at the top is Orlando, followed by Honolulu and Chicago. Rounding out the top six are the gems of the Northwest, Seattle and Portland, both places I’ve ...

No Kids for Us, Thanks

Dear Annie: My husband and I have made the decision to refrain from having children. People are very nosy, always asking when we will have kids, as we have been married for six years and I am 32. When I tell them we have chosen not to have children, which I consider a decent response, I get ...

Mystifying Mood Swings Baffle Her

DEAR ABBY: I read your letters every chance I get. They remind me that I’m not the only one with problems, but sometimes I just feel so empty. I have random bouts where anything can send me into a crying jag and all I want to do is hide and go to sleep. I can be watching a funny TV show ...

Teens Learn Lessons The Hard Way

Bear with me. I am no longer the mother of two young daughters. I have a teenager. She is full of contradictions. She is amazing because of her many moods and imperfections. She was asked to speak on behalf of her class and to reflect on her school experience. She earned this honor because ...

Rescinded Invite Causes Bad Blood

DEAR ABBY: My son “Jeff” is wealthy and lives in another state with his wife and family. His wife has now moved her mother to where they live and she works for my son. Jeff and his family take vacations several times a year in the U.S. and out of it, and always include her mother or her ...

Coding: A Hot New Basic Skill Children Can Learn Young

DEAR TEACHER: Where can a child learn to code? — Searching Answer: Learning to code is the hot new basic skill parents want their children to learn. You will find coding being taught in more and more schools, but it definitely is not being taught in all schools. Parents certainly ...

Hit the Sweet Spot With Honeysuckle

Who couldn’t love a plant with a name that speaks of both sweetness and nurturing? Yet there are those who scorn honeysuckle. And — just as bad — there are those who shower honeysuckles with too much affection. The key to experiencing honeysuckle’s sweet side is having the right plant ...

Man Must Choose

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married for 13 years and have two beautiful children. I recently found out that for the last two years, he has been having an affair, and his mistress is now three months pregnant. When I confronted him about the situation, he claimed he doesn’t know ...

Coming To Terms With Getting Older

Dear Annie: My 30th birthday is just around the corner, and it’s bothering me more than I’d like to admit. I know that right about now, people older than I am are probably reading this and feeling insulted and/or rolling their eyes. I don’t mean any offense. I’ve just never wanted to ...