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Chiropractic Is Valid Therapy For Lower Back

DEAR DR. ROACH: I’ve been going to chiropractors for 30 years. They help me when I have a pinched nerve, but they always want me to keep coming back. How do I know whether that exacerbates the problem? It seems to me that it may loosen things up so I have to keep coming back. — ...

Girl Questions Her Online Relationship

DEAR ABBY: I met this guy through a dating site. We began chatting and hit it off. We talk almost every day, and have Skyped a few times. We’ve been getting closer and closer. I really like him, and he has told me he feels the same. The thing is, I’m not sure if he’s telling me the ...

Wanting To Be Clothes-Free Life

Dear Annie: I’m a man in my 30s who is a nudist at heart. Though I enjoy doing things clothes-free, my wife, “Jamie,” does not. Jamie has gone with me to a nude beach — and “participated” — only once, and that was as a gift for my quitting smoking. Jamie reluctantly allows me to ...

Don’t Be Like Humpty Dumpty

Do you remember that old Mother Goose nursery rhyme — “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again”? That old rhyme came to mind recently when I sat in on a new program we are ...

Younger Brother Is a Mess

Dear Annie: I’ve spent years watching my youngest brother tear my family apart, and now I need to make it stop. Coming into high school, he was bratty, angsty and entitled, but he was also the baby of the family and, let’s face it, a teenage boy. Fast-forward to four years later, and he ...

Let’s Talk Turkey

Can you smell the pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes and turkey in the air? I can! I even have my stretchy-waisted pants picked out already. After the first Thanksgiving, the observance was sporadic and almost forgotten until the early 1800s. It usually was celebrated in late September or October. ...

Engagement Surprises Wife

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been together 21 years, married for 17. We recently did a short sale on our home and moved to Texas. It was a professional move for my husband. At first I was wowed; then I grew homesick for my family, my job and my friends. My husband was not supportive of ...

Runaway Dad on Dating Site Makes Mom Seethe

DEAR ABBY: Last year I had a baby with one of my college professors. He left me 10 days before our daughter was born and has never met her. I chased him through family court, and he gives me the bare minimum in state-ordered support. Recently, I spotted him advertising himself on a dating ...

Mom Shocked By What Son Thinks of Her

Dear Annie: Just the other day, my son, “Ben,” was talking to his stepdad, and he said some hurtful things about me — that I’m all about me, that it’s always my way or the highway. I took that very personally. It made me cry. I never expected my eldest son to say something or feel ...

Should She Reveal Cousin’s Infidelity?

Dear Annie: My cousin “Jake” married our mutual friend “Barb” over 20 years ago. He cheated on her often during the first 10 years of their marriage. I knew, and so did a few other people in the family. But I couldn’t tell her because I would have been ostracized from my family ...

Exhibitions Highlight Northern Panhandle Artists

Not surprisingly, the Northern Panhandle is well represented in the number of artists were selected for the 20th biennial West Virginia Juried Exhibition. Seven area residents are among the 80 West Virginia artists chosen for this prestigious exhibit. They include Bethany resident Herb Weaver, ...

Long-running Family Joke Not Funny to Her

DEAR ABBY: I’m in my early 20s, and my 18-year-old sister, “Judy,” is attending community college. All my memories of her consist of her putting me down. We reconciled just as I was moving out. Abby, she is extremely dependent on the family. She cannot do for herself. If I refuse to ...

Don’t Assume Invitation Extends to Four-legged Family Members

Dear Annie: I have three dogs. I love them and treat them well. In turn, I expect and receive good behavior. I have worked very hard to train my dogs on proper behavior in the house. They are very well-mannered. I keep them groomed, so even shedding is not much of a problem. I wish people ...

How to Comfort The Inconsolable

Having to comfort someone whose loved one has died or relate to a person with a deadly disease is not a highly sought-after position, and most people are probably doing the best they can. It’s likely we have all been there and, if we admit it, we were probably uncomfortable and maybe even ...

Little Girl’s Boyfriends Worry Mom

DEAR ABBY: I am single and the mother of a 7-year-old girl. When she was 4, I decided there would be no parade of guys coming in and out of my life, or any at all. I have barely dated, and the few times I have gone out, I never talked about it around her. Over the last two or three years, ...

Married Man Considers Having Affair

Friends have complimented me on my pumpkins, but are these things I’ve grown really pumpkins? Sure, they are round and orange and fluted. But look again: There’s more than a hint of red in their skins, and their shape is more akin to a doughnut than to a basketball. But yes, they are ...

Prime Time For Pumpkins

Friends have complimented me on my pumpkins, but are these things I’ve grown really pumpkins? Sure, they are round and orange and fluted. But look again: There’s more than a hint of red in their skins, and their shape is more akin to a doughnut than to a basketball. But yes, they are ...

Pets Require Equal Amount Of Attention

Dear Annie: My husband and I have had a cat for two years, and it is amazing how close we are to that little furry animal. He is a Persian longhair and full of love. He purrs whenever he is held or sits in your lap. Also, we just adopted a Great Pyrenees dog. We did not know much about this ...

Family Members Not Invited To Small Wedding

Dear Annie: Your help is needed to resolve a family problem. One of my granddaughters, “Mackenzie,” called to say she is getting married in a few weeks. This will be a small wedding, as she and her fiance do not have a lot of money. Only 45 guests are invited. Now the problem: Mackenzie is ...

Dad Wants To Connect With Apathetic Teen

DEAR ABBY: I am a divorced and remarried man with two teenage daughters. My ex-wife has custody of my girls one state away. I see them as often as time and the courts allow — two months during the summer, a week during winter break, rotating Thanksgivings, etc. Both of my daughters are ...