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Cheater, Cheater

DEAR ABBY: A year ago, my husband confessed that he was having an affair at work. Before it started, he tried setting “Velma” up with his twin brother, but she said she wasn’t interested. Their affair lasted for months, until the guilt “ate him up.” When he told me, I was ...

Annie Reprints Letter on Grief

Dear Annie: I am asking you to reprint your column with the letter from “Neil,” who lost his wife to cancer and was having a difficult time coping with his grief. I am giving my copy to my brother-in-law, as he lost his wife, my sister, to glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer, Nov. 1. Now ...

Dilemma for The Other Grandma

Dear Annie: I know this is short notice, seeing as my question is about Christmas, but I’m hoping that you can publish an answer. I’m quite sure there are others in my shoes. I have a 9-year-old grandson, “Bradley.” He has been in and out of our lives, mainly because of the fact that ...

Educator Looks To An Angel

If you’re looking for a last-minute holiday gift with an inspiring theme, an area resident’s new storybook may just fit the stocking. Jan Thornton Jones of New Martinsville has published her first children’s book, “The Angel in the Park.” The illustrated volume tells a story of a ...

Family Tragedy Raises Mental Illness Concerns

DEAR ABBY: I have a 14-year-old daughter I have raised alone. Her father has never been in her life, nor has he been in the lives of his other children with other women. He has a long history of criminal behavior and mental illness. Although he hasn’t been part of her life, I have done ...

A Teacher’s Thoughts On Holidays

The jokes are all over my Facebook feed right now regarding things teachers say during the last two weeks of school before winter break. Those of us who teach look at them, share them and laugh. “Just survive somehow”; it’s one of our private little teacher jokes (or just my own “The ...

Being Called ‘Mrs. Kravitz’ Saddens Her

Dear Annie: I was told recently by a neighbor that the neighbors next door to me call me Mrs. Kravitz, a reference to the nosy neighbor on “Bewitched.” I am bewildered and hurt. My kitchen window is in view of their back door, and when I’m washing dishes or cleaning up the area, they ...

Leave Colds, Flu Out of Your Holiday Giving

’Tis the Season ... for celebrating, for remembering, for giving, for worshiping, for being thankful, for family — and for sharing infectious diseases. What? You don’t remember adding colds and flu to your holiday wish list? Hopefully, respiratory viruses are on your what-to-avoid ...

Husband ‘Media Cheating’ on Her

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for 22 years, and to my knowledge, he has always been committed to me and our family. However, recently he upgraded to a new phone, and I have found he is continually exploring porn and pictures of nude women. I know that all guys look at this from ...

Christmas Babies Enjoy Celebrations

DEAR ABBY: This letter is in response to “Blessed in New York” (Aug. 4), the mom who gave birth to her precious daughter on Christmas Day and wondered if maybe she should have timed her pregnancy better. Our daughter was born on Dec. 20. When she was only a few years old, we purchased a ...

Bloodwork Can Be Skewed By Having a Cold

DEAR DR. ROACH: For the second time in two years, I’ve had bloodwork done due to massive headache, general tiredness and body pains. Both times, I also had very minor signs of a cold (post-nasal drip). My recent test shows elevated neutrophils of 89 percent (normal range is 40-80 percent), ...

He Keeps Her In the Dark About Partner

DEAR ABBY: My husband met a gal 33 years younger than he is at a doctor’s office. It seems they “became close,” so they went off and bought real estate together in another state. They spend weeks at a time together there alone. When they are both here in town, they have ...

Recipe For Cookies From A Cake Mix

Dear Heloise: You have a recipe for Cookies From Cake Mixes that I’ve always loved. Sadly, when we moved to a new house, I must have lost the recipe. Could you reprint it for me? — Ada F., Sparks, Nev. Ada, it’s one of my favorite recipes, and it’s so easy to make. Here it ...

Enabling A Son Who Is Unwell

Dear Annie: My stepson, “Dale,” lives off benefits from the government and his father — my sweet, loving husband, who is in his 70s. Dale has not worked for five years, and his dad bails him out of every scrape and crisis he gets himself into. Dale has been fired from every job he has ...

Time to Take Back the Wheels

Dear Annie: I am at a loss as to how to get my car back from my mom’s house. A little history first: My brother and his family have lived at my parents’ home on and off since they got married because of financial hardship. I have also lived there at times during my adult life, but I have ...

Authors Sharing Fun Facts

Co-authors Marc Harshman of Wheeling and Anna Egan Smucker of Bridgeport, W.Va., formerly of Weirton, shared the back story of their new children’s book, “Fallingwater: The Building of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Masterpiece,” with area audiences this past week. The authors spoke at Lunch ...

Over Time Man Sees His Role in Divorce

DEAR ABBY: After 16 months of casual dating, I married my ex-wife. We met through Facebook. Unfortunately, we couldn’t make the marriage work, and after two years we divorced. That was two years ago. It was my first marriage and her second. I was angry that we couldn’t make it work, and ...

Man Harbors Hate for Stepson

Dear Annie: I am a 42-year-old man with two teenage sons. I have been married to my second wife for almost a year. She has an 11-year-old son, “Brice.” rice never had a man in his life until I married his mom. He is respectful and a sweet kid, but for some reason, I hate him. I know that ...

Relationships Are Only as Healthy As People in Them

Dear Annie: I’m at my wits’ end dealing with my friend’s glum, woe-is-me attitude. I’ve known “Max” since we worked together at a restaurant when I was in college. He was in his early 20s and had grown up in the town. He said he regretted not getting a bachelor’s degree. As we ...

Melatonin Safe To Take Daily

DEAR DR. ROACH: In a recent column, you responded to a reader asking about the link between Benadryl and dementia, and near the end you mentioned that melatonin is “very safe.” I’ve heard that taking melatonin can affect your body’s natural production of melatonin, causing a loop — ...