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Wife Doesn’t Want to Swing

DEAR ABBY: My husband, to whom I’ve been married since July of 2016, has recently caved in to pressure from friends to participate in “swinger” behavior. He wants me to be included, but I really don’t want to. The other female has lesbian tendencies that make me uncomfortable. Her ...

Where Do You Grow Farmers?

In the past month I lost two great farmers and friends. One grew vegetables with a specialty in garlic and the other was an avid orchardist and gardener. Not only will they be missed by family and friends, but the knowledge and skills they had and their food production will no longer be ...

More Motels Need Walk-in Showers

Dear Annie: My wife and I are both in our 80s, and though we do not travel as much as we once did, we are still able to get around a bit. I am in fairly good physical condition, but my wife must use either a cane or a walker. The problem is this: When we stop at a hotel or motel for the ...

Between A Laugh And A Hard Place

As a parent who frequently discusses parenting issues, often publicly, I hear the following phrase time and again: Parenting is The Hardest Job EVER. One thing I’ve noticed as both a parent and a parenting magazine editor for the past 12 years is that we parents (and parenting pundits) tend ...

Middle Child Feels Shunned by Siblings

Dear Annie: I am a middle child with two elder brothers, a younger sister and a younger brother. They all get together and have dinner and movie dates or hang out with one another. I am always excluded. No phone call or text. They have been rude and unwelcoming for more than 15 years now. No ...

All Hail Outdoor Workers

Now that the Ohio Valley, along with much of the nation, has dropped into the deep freeze, it’s time to salute the hearty men and women who venture out in frigid temperatures to provide emergency services and complete other work-related tasks upon which the rest of us depend. We can name ...

Man Left Who Wife High And Dry Begs Forgiveness

DEAR ABBY: I was divorced for 10 years, and am now remarried. Four months after we said “I do,” my first husband left me (on Valentine’s Day!) without a word. It was out of character for him not to come home, and I was so worried I reported him to the police as a missing person. If ...

Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Unsafe Vintage Automobiles

DEAR ABBY: Recently a friend came over and took me to lunch. She has a small, 50-year-old vintage car that was very popular in the ’60s. She had come from Marin County over the Golden Gate Bridge to my house. As she drove us to the restaurant, her car stalled twice. It was very ...

Crush On In-law Leads To Tension

DEAR ABBY: My son and his wife have been together 10 years. They met and fell in love young. They are only 25 and have two beautiful children. I remarried three years ago, and my son’s wife was instantly attracted to my 54-year-old husband. It’s always uncomfortable for the two of us ...

Teach Kids About Money

How do our children learn about managing money? The No. 1 influence on how children handle their money is their parents. They watch what they do and often copy their behaviors. Some may be positive, but often, they see a lot of credit being used and may not fully understand how real money is ...

Why Can’t She Pipe Down?

Dear Annie: I have a friend who talks very loudly. It’s quite annoying and irritating. She’s so loud that it sounds as though she’s angry or upset. Friends and family members have asked me numerous times why she talks so loudly. I have asked her nicely a million times to lower her voice. ...

Wife, Stepson Fight for Man’s Attention

Dear Annie: My 36-year-old stepson, “Greg,” acts as if he’s married to my husband. It’s like a constant battle to outdo me. When my husband and I go on vacation, Greg whines to Daddy that he never takes him anywhere. On Wednesday, which is Greg’s day off, he will plan something for ...

Patient’s Romantic Feelings for Doc Cause Confusion

DEAR ABBY: I started seeing a new doctor six months ago to be treated for a serious medical condition. I respect his medical opinion and the fact that many doctors treating my condition would be judgmental and lack compassion. He has offered both. While I appreciate his skills as a doctor, ...

Inheritance Issues Causes Family Rift

Dear Annie: When my dad passed away several years ago, he left a certificate of deposit to me. When it matured, I went to the bank with my mom because she had a CD that matured at the same time. The CD that Dad left me was a payable-on-death CD, with me as the only beneficiary, and my dad was ...

Girlfriend Plays Tug of War With His Mom

Dear Annie: My boyfriend and I are starting to get serious, and everything is going smoothly except for one constant bump in the road: his mother. His dad is out of the picture. She is single, and he is an only child and lives at home. She desperately wants him to be a mama’s boy, but he ...

Revisiting Sleepovers

Dear Readers: I recently published a letter from “Not Comfortable,” who is helping to raise her three granddaughters. She stated that coed sleepovers seem to be the norm for children in her town, and she wondered what reader consensus is on that topic. I was delighted to hear from people ...

Christmas Blessings Abound

Merry Christmas, readers! The countdown to Christmas has begun in earnest and, if you’ve procrastinated, you have only a few hours left today to buy those final gifts for friends and loved ones. The fact that Christmas Eve occurs on a Sunday this year complicates last-minute shopping and ...

Students Gain FAB-ulous Lab Experience

Christmas came early to students at John Marshall High School. In August, the FabLab, the first of its kind in West Virginia, was up and running. This lab is an extension of the Massachussetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Bits and Atoms and allows students design, fabricate and create ...

European Vacay Plans Tripped Up

DEAR ABBY: I had planned a trip to Europe with my friend “Elizabeth,” a friend of hers and Elizabeth’s daughter. The plan was I would share rooms with Elizabeth. We paid for the hotels in advance. Shortly before our scheduled departure I fell, broke my ankle and couldn’t go. We ...

Giving And Gratitude Are Hallmarks of Season

Christmas is one of the most important celebrations for Christians around the world, but it also can be one of the most stressful. Between the crowded shopping malls and people’s expectations, we all run the risk of feeling let down, which can lead to tension and bad behavior. Avoid letting ...