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Ex-husband Still Wields Control Over Her Life

Dear Annie: I divorced an extremely wealthy, abusive and narcissistic man five years ago. My divorce was a horror. He hacked my phone, email and Facebook account and put a tracking device on my car. He put listening devices, maybe even cameras, in my home and had private investigators follow ...

Main Street Getting National Notice

The portion of Main Street located in North Wheeling is receiving national recognition. National Life Group, an insurance firm, has chosen North Main Street in Wheeling as one of this year’s “Main Streets Across America.” National Life Group officials said the Wheeling street has been ...

Opposing Parenting Styles Cause Strife

DEAR ABBY: My husband’s sister “Cassie” and I got along well until we had kids. Our children are months apart in age, and parenting has brought out the differences in our beliefs in a way that has made it hard for us to get along. I’m a proponent of Western medicine. My kids are ...

Offering Thanks This Year With a Humble Heart

This week I challenged our students to give thanks. I asked them not to allow “thanks” to be a cursory, single-syllable, mindless reaction, but to pause and acknowledge the reason for their gratitude. I reminded them that we benefit in so many ways when we take stock of our blessings. ...

Offering Thanks This Year With a Humble Heart

This week I challenged our students to give thanks. I asked them not to allow “thanks” to be a cursory, single-syllable, mindless reaction, but to pause and acknowledge the reason for their gratitude. I reminded them that we benefit in so many ways when we take stock of our blessings. ...

Intimidated By Boyfriend’s Pal

Dear Annie: I’ve been dating “Tim” for about a year. When we first started dating, I was intimidated by how pretty some of his female friends were, but that feeling faded when I got to know them. They’ve all been warm and welcoming — that is, except for one girl. I’ve always gotten ...

Fiance Refuses To Vacate For Girls’ Weekend

DEAR ABBY: I live with my fiance, and we are being married in eight months. When I asked him if he would go and stay with his parents or some friends on a weekend when my girlfriend comes into town so we can have girl time, he got highly offended and said he isn’t leaving “his” house. I ...

A Farmer Gives Thanks

The end of the gardening season is at hand. The last of the tomato plants are being removed from the high tunnel; they froze two Saturdays ago. All the beds are tilled and planted with cover crops — rye and barley — for next year’s fertility. The garlic is starting to poke through the ...

New American Wants to Get Customs Right

DEAR ABBY: I went through a divorce recently and have already found a woman I love. I have children — three boys and a daughter — I love very much. I’m currently paying child support to my ex for my 15-year-old daughter. The boys are grown and on their own. I’m a first-generation ...

Different Priorities In Retirement

Dear Annie: My husband and I have just retired, and I’m beginning to worry about our personality differences. We live in the same town as our children and grandchildren. I love to help out with baby-sitting and carpooling. I love my children and grandchildren and enjoy being a part of ...

Thanksgiving Prayer for Peace

DEAR ABBY: Our organization, No Greater Love, is a nonprofit humanitarian organization that honors America’s fallen and their families, and promotes peace. I am reaching out to you and your millions of readers about an important event we are planning. NGL invites you and your readers to ...

Wanting a Shift To a Better Life

Dear Annie: For the past year, I have been working as a licensed nursing assistant, taking care of residents. I love the patients, and I’ve gotten very close to them. But the facility administration itself doesn’t work with employees to meet their needs. I have requested to work morning ...

ColdSculpting Has Aesthetic Benefits

DEAR DR. ROACH: I would like to know your opinion regarding “cool sculpting.” Does it really work? Are there any bad consequences that a person should know about it? Is it advisable for a person in her 80s who is in good health and is not overweight but is beginning to add fat around her ...

A Taker in The Form of a Giver

Dear Annie: My brother-in-law, “Tom,” is 70 years old and a totally disabled Navy veteran. He has been duped by a con man, “Mack.” Mack lived upstairs from Tom in an apartment building. Mack started a friendship with Tom, doing errands for him and otherwise helping him. Tom trusted ...

SAT as State Test Benefits Students, Schools

Nearly a year ago, this newspaper wrote an editorial, and I wrote a column touting the merits of using the ACT or SAT as the required high school statewide assessment in West Virginia. We got our wish. The West Virginia State Board of Education will now require high schools to administer the ...

She’s Done With His Griping

DEAR ABBY: I have been dating my boyfriend for three years. We have lived together for the last two. We have a great life together, but there is a problem I don’t know how to solve. “Jeremy” hates his job. We met in the education department of our college, and after graduation, we ...

Man Hates To See Wife Treated Badly By Her Mother

Dear Annie: My wife and I are in our late 20s and have been married since we were 18. We have two wonderful children. The problem I’m having is dealing with my wife’s mother. We recently moved to a new city so my wife could be closer to her side of the family, which was fine with me ...

Well-written Thank-yous Don’t Have To Be Long

DEAR ABBY: You have mentioned in the past that you have a booklet on writing letters, including thank-you notes. Where do I send for it? I’ll need four because my grandkids are lacking in that area. It’s truly a shame that younger generations haven’t been taught about the importance ...

Larger Houses, Smaller Lots Affect Plants

Urbanization is transforming landscape design in many places: Larger houses and smaller lots are driving the development of scaled-down plants. Plant breeders are introducing plants — everything from shrubs and trees to flowering perennials — that remain compact when placed in the garden. ...

Pregnancy Tests Give Her Pause

DEAR ABBY: I am a lesbian. My girlfriend and I have been dating for six months. We have an awesome relationship and are very happy and open with each other. I know she has dated guys in the past — so have I — so I’m not worried about that nonsense at all. But I recently found ...