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Dreading Visits From Sister-in-Law

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married 34 years. He’s a wonderful man. His sister, “Debbie,” is awful. My husband remodeled our old house, and as soon as Debbie saw it she started hounding him to come do hers. She lives three states away. She wants him to remodel her kitchen ...

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 ...

Artificial Sweeteners May Lead To Weight Gain

Previously I commented that “sugar may be the new nicotine.” According to recent analysis, table sugar or granulated sugar, along with high fructose corn syrup, have been implicated in the increasing occurrence of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia and, of course, tooth ...

Mom Feels Guilty For Resisting Ex

DEAR ABBY: My ex is a recovering drug addict. We have a 2-year-old son together. I realized he was using drugs when I was seven months pregnant and all our money was gone. I stayed with him for a year after I learned about his addiction. That year was the hardest year of my life. Choosing ...

Reprimand Ruffles Her Feathers

Dear Annie: I was at my brother’s home for my sister-in-law’s birthday a few weeks ago. My sister-in-law, “Jess,” had a stroke some years ago and can only say a few single-syllable words at a time. She has an 18-year-old bird that she loves and takes care of. My nephew’s fiance, ...

My Favorite Plants II

EDITOR’S NOTE: Last week, Gabe Hays provided information on his favorite flowers and trees. This week, he expounds on which shrubs and grasses he prefers. Shrubs There are many showy varieties of shrubs that can be found in nurseries. My all-time favorites are rhododendrons. Alas, the ...

Disjointed Marriage

Dear Annie: After more than 25 years of marriage, I still feel more alone being married to my husband than I would if I were actually alone. Throughout our marriage, he has maintained the same lifestyle he had before we got married. He often takes weekend outings and even vacations with his ...

Son Braces For Reaction To Fiancee

DEAR ABBY: I moved to the Philippines five years ago. While I was there I met “Emma.” After a few months, I realized I was in love with her, and last year we became engaged. I took her to meet my family. They loved her and supported our engagement. I’m now living in the States and ...

Is It Help Or Manipulation?

Dear Annie: I have a family dilemma. My mother is 95 years old and still living in her own home. My wife and I see her five or more times a week and help her with household chores and getting to doctors’ appointments. My brother and sister also help but to a lesser extent. My father passed ...

Wife: This Dog Won’t Hunt

DEAR ABBY: I’m not a dog person. I’m not even an animal person. I am, however, surrounded by dog owners — my family, my husband’s family, my neighbors. Back in middle school, I was bitten several times by dogs while delivering my paper route. My husband has been without a dog for ...

Area Fans Heeding Corbett’s Call

Area fans appear to be responding enthusiastically to Wheeling native John Corbett’s request that local residents attend a screening of his new movie, “All Saints,” this weekend. Corbett begged Sony Pictures officials to add a hometown booking for the film’s opening weekend. “All ...

With Open Mouths and Closed Ears

Dear Annie: Please help me address an issue regarding “Laurie,” a fellow senior lady with whom I’ve been friends for 17 years. She seems to have developed a compulsion to dominate every conversation when with small groups of friends — as in 95 percent of the time. When talking about any ...

Teen Doesn’t Want to Botch Opportunity With Crush

DEAR ABBY: I understand that a 15-year-old guy writing for relationship advice is shameful and that I’m probably better off not worrying about relationships in the first place, but I’m still gonna try. I’m in high school, and I’m searching for a relationship with a certain girl. ...

Testosterone Replacement Can Affect Sex Drive

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 67-year-old male in fair to good health (more good than fair, really). In a recent column, you mentioned that a good testosterone level for a man taking a replacement would be between 500-600 ng/dl. In November, I was tested for my testosterone level. At the time, I ...

Carpe Dime

Dear Annie: I’m 24 years old and trying to get a better handle on my life. A year ago, I was unemployed for a few months. During that period, I blew through most of my checking and savings accounts to pay rent and my credit card for things such as groceries and utilities. That quickly grew ...

New Superintendent Praises Marshall County Schools

As students head back to school, there’s one new, nontraditional student to Marshall County Schools who has been studying policies and procedures, learning about the surrounding community and doing his homework since June. Prior to the start of school, he introduced himself to many of his ...

Avoid Shoulder Pain Through Strengthening

Almost 10 percent of Americans live with chronic shoulder pain, and that doesn’t include those who have shoulder pain caused by an injury. According to American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, “What most people call the shoulder is really several joints that combine with tendons and ...

Cellphone Usurps Their Quality TIme

DEAR ABBY: A large portion of conversation in our home has been replaced with the time my wife spends on her cellphone. Not that she is talking on it. It’s games and Facebook that absorb hours of her time. We used to spend evenings working on special projects together, but that is the ...

Employer’s Gift Trips Up Husband

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been happily married for eight years and were blessed with healthy triplets four years ago. My problem is that every year, my wife’s generous employer takes the entire staff on an incredible trip. I’m talking Napa, Europe, etc. It’s wonderful of him and ...

Parents Ostracize Big Brother

Dear Annie: I am 13 years old, and I live in Kentucky. I have a problem with my parents that I can’t fix. I have an older brother, “Greg,” whom I love and look up to as a role model. He is 24 years old and my favorite person in the world. Six months ago, he came out as gay to my ...