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No Clean Answer In Dishes Debate

Dear Annie: This is a constant debate in my house, and I am sure it is in others. I would like to know your opinion on this. I say that if you clean dishes under running hot water (with soap, of course), you can get them cleaner. My son believes the best method is to fill the whole sink with ...

MRI Tops CT For Brain, Vessel Info

DEAR DR. ROACH: In 2016, I had a brain MRI without contrast, which showed chronic small-vessel brain disease and a remote lacunar infarct in the right cerebellum. This brain MRI was done because I was experiencing insomnia, along with dizzy spells, brain fog, poor judgment and difficulty ...

Health, Fitness News to Use

Climb Stairs for Exercise Trying to get cardiovascular benefits quickly without too much time and with no equipment? Researchers at McMaster University have found that short, intense bursts of stair climbing, which can be done almost anywhere, will have major benefits for heart ...

Ex’s Way Of Bonding Gets Under Her Skin

DEAR ABBY: My 22-year-old son is going to visit his father and get his third tattoo. I don’t like it, but I can’t control my son. He’s an adult. His father is retired and lives on his wife’s pension. It is my understanding that they are wealthy. My concern is for our 14-year-old ...

Man Shares Story Of Love, Grief

Dear Annie: Lord willing, next month I’ll turn 67. In a recent column, you solicited seniors to write about issues they are facing. A big one for me is grief. I met “Shirley” when she was 15 and a junior in high school. I was a senior. Both of our families relocated the same summer ...

Dangerous Dating Habits Frighten Pal

DEAR ABBY: I’m worried about a close friend I have known for about 10 years. She’s well-educated, independent and family-oriented. She has been online dating for quite a while and continually meets guys who have criminal backgrounds. She dated one of them on the down low for two years ...

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Enjoying Summer Squash, Cukes

Some of my favorite crops are summer squash and cucumbers. They come in so many shapes, colors and tastes. They both add to summer fare in salads, lightly steamed sides or stir fries. Too often they start to fade from disease or the stripped cucumber beetles or squash bugs, so we continue to ...

Zip It, Lady

Dear Annie: I am sure that you have dealt with this in the past, but we have a friend in our circle who cannot stop talking. She is very smart and well-spoken, and she is extremely knowledgeable and has a lot of great things to share, but she never gives others a chance to talk about their ...

Husband Is Refusing To Pay on Loan

Dear Annie: I have been married for 23 years to my husband. I was a stay-at-home mom for 12 of those years and took care of our three sons (one who had special needs). Things have always been rocky in our marriage. When my youngest was in kindergarten, I returned to work, and I have worked ...

Pal Comes Around Only When in Need

DEAR ABBY: My husband has been so-called friends with a man I’ll call “Roy” for almost 30 years. During the 23 years I have been in the picture, I have noticed their friendship seems one-sided. We hear from Roy only when he’s down on his luck or needs help moving or lifting ...

Eye Protection Is a Must For Solar Eclipse

DEAR DR. ROACH: My mother is very concerned about the upcoming solar eclipse; due to all the warnings about not watching it with the naked eye, she is afraid that one of us will “accidentally look at the sky and go blind.” All the articles on the internet seem to deal with eye safety while ...

Corbett Accepts Inspiring Challege

Wheeling native John Corbett is starring in a new movie, “All Saints,” based on an inspiring true story and set for release this month. Corbett plays the film’s leading character, the Rev. Michael Spurlock, an Episcopal priest who served a tiny congregation in Smyrna, Tenn. Promotional ...

Stench From The Gym Overpowering

Dear Annie: This morning, I spent 45 minutes in a relatively small space participating in a biweekly spin class. It’s a great class with a bunch of regulars, and I usually enjoy it very much. This morning, however, the small room smelled like the compost pile of a funereal florist. A ...

Dog’s Mouth Has Plenty Of Bacteria

DEAR DR. ROACH: I had bilateral knee replacement two months ago, and I’m concerned about infections. My doctor wants me to take an antibiotic before any dental procedure, including cleaning, which I will do. I also have a dog that loves to lick any cuts, especially if there is some blood to ...

Grandma Shuns Family Over Toxic Member

Dear Annie: My alcoholic sister, “Laura,” failed miserably in raising her son, “Sean,” who spent his life inflicting misery and mayhem on our family and on society as a whole. He got into trouble in school, earned a long criminal record and abused drugs and alcohol. He was not pleasant ...

Abusive Adoptive Mother Demands ‘Compensation’

DEAR ABBY: I need your advice. I am 41 years old and was adopted at birth. I was raised by an unloving woman who was emotionally, verbally and physically abusive. I persevered, worked hard, and now have a loving husband and a beautiful son. We live a comfortable and peaceful life. My ...

Identify Unhealthy Parenting Patterns

More than 30 years in this field and hundreds of couples later, I’ve seen my share of families living in pain. Most families parent the only way they know how (i.e., the way they were parented), and they are doing the best they can. Many times they know their styles are counter to those of ...

She Wonders About Fiance’s Past Therapy

DEAR ABBY: My fiance and I have been together for four years. We live together. Recently, I was talking to him about mental health and the benefits of therapy, which I firmly support. He said he thinks it’s a waste of time. When I asked why, he replied that it hadn’t worked for him. I ...

Technology Can Help Busy Parents

Dear Annie: I am overwhelmed by life right now, and I’m hoping you can help. My wife and I have demanding jobs and two small children. We are dedicated to our jobs and to our children, and we excel in our careers and in parenting. Because almost all of our time is spent working or ...

Hubby’s Kissing Cousin Returns

DEAR ABBY: When my husband and I were dating, he told me that he’d had a consensual sexual relationship with his cousin, “Irma.” He said they were in their early 20s and very immature. They parted ways because they both knew it was wrong, and Irma moved to another state. He told me so ...