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Past Abuse Keeps Wife From Focusing on Marriage

DEAR ABBY: I’m 42 years old and in my second marriage. My first husband was very abusive. My second loves me, respects me, defends me and has brought out the best in me. But I don’t feel like I do the same for him. Things will get good in our relationship, and then I will lose ...

Silencing Annoying Robo Calls

Dear Annie: For the past few months, my phone has just about exploded with calls from telemarketers and scammers. I am at my wits’ end! No, robot, I’m not past due on my bank payments. I don’t want a free stay at your beach resort in Panama. And I’m not going to send money to you to ...

Ohio County Schools Go Full STEAM Ahead

Ohio County Schools is planning to focus on engaging students through increased access to technology and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) initiatives during the next school year and beyond. One way to meet our goal of increased access to technology and STEAM ...

Man Waiting In Wings Tired Of Flying Solo

DEAR ABBY: I have been communicating with this girl I work with who is currently seeing a guy she’s been with for four years. We have a strong connection and physical attraction, and we have both disclosed our feelings to each other. We communicate rarely by text but never through phone ...

Division of Household Labor Causes Rancor

DEAR ABBY: “Ron” and I have been married 20 years and have two children. Recently, he called me a “freeloader” and described my parenting as “half-assed.” It’s not the first time I’ve heard it from him. I work part-time so I can have a flexible schedule and be home with our ...

Enabling: Sometimes the Best Thing to Do Is Nothing

In the last column, “The Truth About What Alcohol Does to Your Body,” I made a reference to enablers. People who enable constantly are coming to the rescue of their partner/family member/friend with alcohol and drug problems. They consequently and unintentionally encourage negative or ...

New Wife Surprised To Learn Secret

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married for a few months and are expecting our first child. His father passed away about a year ago. His parents had been married 33 years when he died. A few weeks ago, we told my mother-in-law we were expecting our first child. After a joyous moment ...

What to Say When a Parent Misses Mark

Dear Annie: My daughter and her best friend are 30. When her friend was 12, she lost both her parents. She has been like part of our family since then. She came home last year with a beautiful baby. Her husband is stuck in his own country awaiting a visa. My daughter baby-sits daily for her, ...

Plants That Can Survive Abuse

Hints of impending spring weather might stir a desire to grow plants even in people not usually drawn in that direction. If you are one of them, yet your thumbs lack the slightest hint of green, take heart: There are houseplants even you can grow. You’ll have to forgo color if you require a ...

Only Child Senses She Must Leave

DEAR ABBY: I am an only child who has lived at home all her life — 44 years. My father recently passed away, so now it is just Mom and me. She has become extremely clingy. She is jealous of my friends and feels I must be with her for almost everything. What can I do? I think I should move ...

Lamenting Social Media Invitations

Dear Annie: Recently, I missed a large birthday party for a close family member. I was not aware of the party until several weeks later, when other family members asked where I was that day. My answer was that I had not been invited and knew nothing about it. I was then promptly told the ...

The Gift of the Stars

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” — Friedrich Nietzsche ——— As a mother, I worry about how my every decision, every action, every reaction will affect my daughter. And then I worry about how this crazy world is shaping her. And then I wonder, do I worry enough? It ...

Parent Combats Underage Drinking

Dear Annie: My daughter has grown up in the blink of an eye. It seems as if I was just introducing the ABCs, and now she’s reading Shakespeare in school. We talk every day about her classes and activities, and I also make sure we discuss underage drinking. When I was young, conversations ...

Ex-wife Treats Him Like a Best Friend

DEAR ABBY: My ex-wife and I were married for 29 years. Then she had an affair with a co-worker’s husband. Now that we’re divorced, she thinks we should be the best of friends! If she has car, money or any other type of problems, she thinks I should help her. In the divorce, I kept the ...

Irish Eyes Smile On Brennan

Congratulations are extended to Wheeling historian Margaret Brennan who received two well-deserved honors in one week. In the most recent recognition, Brennan was named as the Irish person of the year by the Wheeling law firm of Cassidy, Cogan, Shapell & Voegelin, L.C. The award was ...

Teen Who Raised Sibs Considers Self a Parent

DEAR ABBY: I’m 18. I started helping to take care of children at the age of 2. I have taken care of them alone since I was 7. Yet every time older people talk about child care, I am rudely excluded from the conversation with comments like, “You don’t know what we’re talking about. ...

Words Fail Her After Miscarriage

DEAR ABBY: My sister-in-law, a mother of four, just had a miscarriage at five months. I have no idea what to say to her or my nieces and nephews. “Sorry” doesn’t seem to suffice. Her 6-year-old was ecstatic about the new baby. The family is crushed. My husband (her brother) was in tears, ...

Ready For Relationship

Dear Annie: I am a 26-year-old gay man who has recently entered a new relationship after being single for nearly four years. I’d kept my distance from dating until I was positive I found a man who was looking for the same kind of life I have been looking for — a life of commitment and ...

Teach Children Easter Egg Hunt Etiquette

A fun activity for children at Easter time is the Easter egg hunt. Traditionally, boiled eggs are dyed bright or pastel colors and then hidden for children to find. Today, boiled eggs are often replaced with plastic eggs that may be filled with candy or other treats. As well as being a fun ...

Man Guilty Of Affairs On Europe Trip

DEAR ABBY: I have been married to my wife for 10 years. We have two beautiful daughters and have always had a great relationship. Last month I was invited to go on a trip overseas and was hesitant about asking my wife. Once I did, she immediately said yes and told me to have a good time on ...