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Growing Up With John Marshall High School

One could say John Marshall High School and I grew up together. We are both now 50, and hitting the half-century mark is a cause for reflection and celebration. One of my earliest memories as a child was riding by John Marshall and my mom pointing to the new school saying, “That’s your ...

Man Uses Wife’s Work Problems For Validation

DEAR ABBY: My husband tends to fight dirty, and I don’t know how much more I can take. If we argue about some issue between us, he’ll say something along the lines of, “This is why you have so much trouble with your colleagues at work.” He knows this is a touchy subject, and it upsets ...

Girlfriend’s Young Kids Challenge Veteran Father

DEAR ABBY: I’m 41 with two adult kids and my youngest, who is almost 15. For the last eight months I have been dating a woman with two kids — one is nearly 10 and the other is 4. We have a lot in common. We get along great, and I really like her. The downside is, I’m having a hard time ...

Important to Know the Symptoms of a Concussion in a Child

Participating in sports is a great way for kids to stay active, boost their self-esteem, and develop teamwork and leadership skills. While encouraging our children to participate in sports has many benefits, parents must be vigilant when protecting them from sports-related injuries, like ...

Man Fesses Up to Affair

DEAR ABBY: I found out a month ago that my wife and my best friend had a relationship 40 years ago when we were in our 20s. My friend hinted about it, so I asked him point blank and he confessed. Obviously, if you can’t trust someone, he’s not your friend. My question is, should I ask my ...

Prepare for Fall Plantings

The nip is not in the air yet, but the need for getting ready for the frost and freeze of the coming season should be on your mind. We began a month ago by starting our fall plantings, and now we have gathered our row covers and hoops to extend these crops. The cole crops — broccoli, ...

Woman Hurt When Left Out Of Wedding

DEAR ABBY: My best friend and I are middle-aged women. Throughout our long friendship, I have been one of the few people in her life who was there for her as she dealt with boyfriend problems, elderly parents, serious illnesses, deaths, etc. She became engaged for the first time recently, ...

Welcome, Fall!

Saturday was the first day of fall, and October is right around the corner. My daughter declared the other day that October is her favorite month. I was surprised. I felt sure it would be December, because of Christmas, or March, because of her birthday, or any of the summer months because ... ...

Man’s Fear of Being Alone Leads to Affairs

DEAR ABBY: My son has taken it upon himself to get romantically involved with two different married women. He’s newly divorced after a long marriage and hates the idea of being alone. He says he loves them both, but realizes there’s no future with either one, so he’s trying to extricate ...

Campbell To Lead Chapter

Local educator Jamie Campbell has been chosen to serve as the new program administrator for the Wheeling chapter of Classrooms Without Borders. Campbell is a social studies teacher and department chair at Wheeling Central Catholic High School. Classrooms Without Borders, founded in ...

First Waking Moments Determine Attitude for the Day

How did your day start? Take a moment to remember the first intentional thought you had. Today mine came from scarcity – “I don’t have enough time. I have to hurry.” With that, a hand-sized snowball is formed only to gather speed, strength and size as the morning routine unfolds. As ...

Accident Ends Couple’s Plan To Have Children

DEAR ABBY: I am 15 years older than my boyfriend, “Spencer,” and have two kids from a previous marriage. Spencer and I have been living together for the past 10 years. I planned to have his child, but was involved in an accident and now can no longer have kids. He blames me nearly every ...

Go Easy On the Fall Cleanup

Time to rake up the yard, deadhead the perennials and till the vegetable garden? Not so fast. Popular opinion is swinging toward letting things stay just as they are through winter — decayed and drab but serviceable. Displaying a messy yard may not win any good-neighbor awards, but ...

The Constant Clutter Battle: Talking to Myself and Getting Things Done

As a 21st-century mom, I am well versed in all things “Harry Potter,” and often that treasure-trove of useless knowledge percolates into my daily thought processes. For example: I was contemplating the continued disorganization of my home and trying not to fall into despair when I ...

Wife Blindsided By His Past Love

DEAR ABBY: My husband, “Bill,” and I have been happily married for 22 years and have two very active, beautiful children. Our oldest daughter has been playing on a traveling soccer team for the last five years. Bill and I go all over the country to watch her play and have become very close ...

Luke, Strahm Return Briefly

Supporters of Oglebay Institute’s Mansion Museum were thrilled to welcome appraisers and auctioneers Tim Luke and Greg Strahm back to Oglebay Park for a brief visit over the weekend. In the past, when the married couple solely operated their own appraisal business, they would spend three to ...

Single Mom’s Frustrations, Pain Boil to the Surface

DEAR ABBY: About 20 months ago, after I found out I was pregnant, I was abandoned by the father of my child. My mother had passed away a month before. So I was grieving, shocked to discover I was pregnant and devastated when I was left for another woman. I went through my pregnancy alone, gave ...

Clearly, You See Me: A Parent Realizes Her Influence

It was a typical day ending with our nightly bedtime story. My then 4-year-old proudly announced, “Mommy, I can read.” Impressed, I handed her the book of nursey rhymes. She held the book with both hands, enthusiastically looking at the picture. She straightened her shoulders and began, ...

Grandparent Feels Family Drifting Apart

DEAR ABBY: Two years ago, my son and his family moved a couple of hours away. He’s my only child. I know he’s busy with his wife, two children and his job, but I would like to hear from him more than every two weeks — or longer — just to know what is going on in their lives. He told me ...

Shingles Vaccine Protocol Differs Based on Type

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 60-year-old woman who has been taking a 200-mg tablet of acyclovir (Zovirax) every day for HSV-2 suppression. I may have an outbreak every few years, and they are pretty mild. When I do have an outbreak, I increase my dosage to 1,000 mg per day. What is the procedure when ...