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‘Model’ Partner May Need To Break the Mold

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been married for close to 40 years. Though the sex was never great, it at least used to be enjoyable. Now it is getting pretty disappointing. We have sex about twice a month. The frequency is not great enough for me, but the bigger issue is the way we do it: ...

Husband Is Affectionate Only in Bed

DEAR ABBY: I recently got married to a wonderful man who is 19 years younger than I am. He’s the love of my life. The problem is, he sleeps totally on one side of the bed and isn’t affectionate at night except when we are making love. Then he is amazing — affectionate, sensitive, and very ...

She’s Fine On Her Own, Thank You

Dear Annie: I am a woman in my mid-20s, and I have known I’m asexual for about five years. This fact doesn’t play a major role in my day-to-day life, but it makes explaining my lack of romantic relationships to my family awkward. Every time I go home to visit, I get the usual questions of ...

Housing Dictatorship

Dear Annie: I just moved into a new apartment complex and went to my first open board meeting. I am wondering whether I moved into a dictatorship. The board has only two of these meetings per year, and we were told we could speak for only three minutes. One resident asked why the manager ...

‘Women Speak’ Recognizes Area Artists

Storyteller Judi Tarowsky of St. Clairsville has been chosen to participate in the Women of Appalachia Project. She is among 33 Women Speak artists selected for the 2017-18 program year. The participants include Weirton native and author Anna Egan Smucker, who has been named in the poetry ...

Parents Angered After Baby Sitter Cops Out

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I go away once a year and leave our two toddlers with family. This year, their aunt couldn’t watch them, so we asked his cousin “Renee,” whom we have always liked, to watch them. She agreed, and we paid her $150 for the weekend. We also bought food she liked ...

Wife Wonders Why He Cares So Much About Ex

DEAR ABBY: I have been married to my husband for five years. He’s the man of my dreams, and we have a wonderful marriage. Recently we learned that his ex-wife — to whom he was married for 20 years — has been diagnosed with a life-threatening cancer. They have two adult children together. ...

Son Refuses To Pay Back Loan

Dear Annie: My 28-year-old son, “Jerry,” will not pay his college loan bill — which is $85,000 — even though he has a good job. Jerry insisted that he had to go to an out-of-state college. Our agreement was that my husband and I would cover an amount equal to what an in-state school ...

Readers Weigh In on Long Wait for Doctor

DR.ROACH WRITES: In a recent column, I gave my opinion that physicians who are habitually late are disrespectful to their patients, and advised readers to try to get the first appointment of the day or to consider switching doctors. This generated some letters, two of which are here: DEAR DR. ...

Parents’ Night: Let’s Talk About What Matters Most

Dear Mom and Dad, I want to invite you to the school’s open house that we call Parents’ Night. This tradition gives parents a chance to walk in the footsteps of their child, or better yet to sit in the undersized desk. I know you are dreading it. You have been here and done this already ...

She Wants Him To Be Less Friendly With Neighbor Kids

DEAR ABBY: I have been happily married to “Roger” for 20 years and have two kids still at home. They are pretty independent now, but my husband was very involved in coaching and volunteering when they were younger. Sometimes when Roger and I take walks, we run into children playing in ...

More Healthy Recipes

Jerk Chicken And Pineapple Over Greens and Cukes Serves 4 4 tablespoons chili vinegar 2 Scotch bonnet or serrano chiles, seeds removed, chopped 3 tablespoons finely chopped pickled ginger 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup 2 tablespoons sesame oil 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 ...

Gifts Cause Discomfort

Dear Annie: My 94-year-old mother has had a sweetheart for about eight years. “John” is 97, is almost blind and deaf, depends heavily on his walker and has begun showing signs of mental confusion. His two sons care for him. Their circumstances appear to be modest. John is smitten with my ...

Don’t ‘Tee Off’ Your Golf Pals

Many years ago, a new boyfriend took me golfing. We went to Oglebay Park. After a brief lesson, I was ready. I put the ball on the tee, swung the club, and the ball flew into the air. It hit a tree and bounced back to about 1 foot of where I was standing. I put the clubs in the cart and left. ...

Expectant Mother Keeps Mum on Father

DEAR ABBY: I am a mother of three and happily married to my kids’ father. I am now seven months pregnant with my fourth baby, but this child is not my husband’s. My husband is a loving man and a good father. My problem is, I don’t know how to tell him I’m not carrying his baby. The man ...

Neighbors Say Go Inside or Else

Dear Annie: We have some new neighbors, and our backyards are adjoining. We enjoy sitting out on our deck on nice evenings and enjoying the weather with a drink and snack. Sometimes friends stop by. We are quiet and aren’t out late. Our neighbors have several young children, and they are ...

Hopkins’ Art In Spotlight On Cape Cod

Artwork by a Wheeling native and celebrated artist, the late Budd Hopkins, has been featured in two exhibitions on Cape Cod this summer. An exhibition, titled “Budd Hopkins: Full Circle,” concludes a six-week run today at the Provincetown (Mass.) Art Association and Museum. Grace ...

Trumpeter In Turmoil

Dear Annie: I’ve been a successful trumpet player for five years now and in marching band for three. My director praises me often and says I’ve shown much improvement since last year. However, despite my being great and all, there is a problem: a 5-foot-tall trumpet-playing problem. ...

Sharing Diagnosis Brings Her to Tears

DEAR ABBY: I’m an active, 60-something wife, mother and grandmother who was recently diagnosed with early stage Parkinson’s disease. From all outward appearances, I appear healthy and I’m living my life as normally as possible, as my neurologist suggested. My symptom manifests as a ...

Need to Search For Underlying Cause Of Cough

DEAR DR. ROACH: Cough seems to be going around here in the Northwest. My wife has coughed excessively for months now. She was given hydrocodone-homatropine syrup for a month, but the doctor won’t re-prescribe it. So now my wife takes many OTC cough syrups and suppressants, plus nighttime cold ...