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Mom Seems To Play Favorites

Dear Annie: I am a 13-year-old girl in Montreal. I go to a private high-tech school with nice friends and teachers. I have divorced parents and an elder brother, “Edward.” My mom and I spend quality time together pretty often. We go out and have fun, and she buys me things. The thing is ...

Turbulence Over Airline Point Usage

DEAR ABBY: I am in a long-distance relationship with a man who lives halfway across the country. Because he’s very wealthy, he arranges for all the airfare. I am a single mother and I have limited finances. “Bruce” owns a successful business and, through his business, racks up ...

Husband, Sister Don’t Get Along

Dear Annie: I am having issues with my sister, “Sharon.” We are both in our early 50s and have always had a good relationship, but she and my husband, “Rick,” haven’t gotten along in the 26 years I’ve been married. I would describe their relationship as “tolerant” at best. ...

Older Couple Mourns Loss of Connections

DEAR ABBY: I am 74, and my wife is 71. We are lonely. All of our friends have died, and we have no relatives in this state. We both have health issues that keep us mostly housebound. That leaves out volunteering and sports, and the high cost of gas is a factor. We live in our own home and ...

Fights Via Text Go Unresolved

Dear Annie: My friend “Brianna” and I recently got into a fight via text messaging. She was trying to plan a surprise girls trip for our friend’s 30th birthday. She was texting a couple of other friends and me suggestions of places we might go, with links to vacation rentals. The places ...

Conductor Returning To Podium

It will be a real homecoming at West Liberty University in mid-October when esteemed choral director and conductor Dr. Alfred de Jaager returns to the podium for a special performance. The retired WLU professor, who lives in Cambodia, is visiting the United States this month. His trip home ...

Wife Redirects Anger at Dad To Husband

DEAR ABBY: I’m a 55-year-old guy stranded in a tough marriage situation. My wife has had a serious falling-out with her father. After his wife of more than 50 years passed away, he immediately took up with an old flame and dumped his family in favor of his new lady’s family. My wife now ...

Check Out Rapid Changes In Balance

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 70-year-old white male. I work full time as a veterinarian, teach two aerobics classes and take a weekly class for strength training. In the past three weeks, I have fallen twice — once just walking in the airport. It was sudden and scary. Over the past five to six ...

Marriage OK But Wife Can’t Forgive Self

DEAR ABBY: About 12 years ago, I made a terrible mistake and had an affair. My husband loved me enough to forgive me, and our marriage has been fine ever since. The problem is, I can’t forgive myself. I hate myself! I could have lost everything, including our two kids. I think of all the ...

Not Stressed? Don’t Bother Reading This

I always had a million things to do on my day off — chores, errands, appointments, maybe lunch … sounds pretty stressful for a day off, doesn’t it? But suppose those “million things” included planting flowers, shopping for the perfect boots for my new winter outfit, lunch with my best ...

Looking Back, Mom Has Regrets

DEAR ABBY: I got pregnant very young and married the father. It was in the ’60s and things were very different then. I didn’t realize my husband simply did not like children. I attributed it to his being in the Marines, a Vietnam vet, etc. We had never heard of post-traumatic stress ...

Girlfriend’s Stunning Revelation

DEAR ABBY: My son and his live-in girlfriend were expecting a baby. My daughter planned the shower, and it was a wonderful eight months of excitement. I was included in the ultrasounds and all information, and we were all anticipating the big day. Two weeks before the baby was due, my son ...

Fall Is Time For Berries

Does a fresh-picked raspberry taste better early in the morning, when it’s still cool from the night air, or at noon, after it’s been warmed by the sun? That’s debatable. But there’s no argument that few foods are as delectable as raspberries picked at their peak of ripeness, when ...

Revolving Door Of Guests Ruins Their Summer

Dear Annie: I live in a very small Montana town with a very short summer season. My friends and neighbors and I have been inundated with summer guests who have made our town and homes their summer vacation destination. Every year, our own summers have been ruined because of this guest influx. ...

How to Recognize Cognitive Decline

Dear Annie: How do you determine whether an associate is experiencing some memory loss, dementia or cognitive decline? With a close longtime friend, you can usually note a change from the person’s normal functioning. But if you became friends with someone during the retirement years, you ...

Meds Affect Kidney Stone Bleeding

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have been urinating blood for several weeks. An X-ray revealed a kidney stone; however, I am in no pain at all. The stone is said to be between my kidney and bladder. I take blood pressure medicine and an aspirin a day. The problem is this: If I don’t take my medications, ...

Alcoholic Recognizes Sober Truths

DEAR ABBY: I have been married for 17 years to the love of my life. I met her 40 years ago while we were growing up in the same neighborhood. Last year she decided our marriage is over. Nine years into our marriage, I became an alcoholic. Try as I might, I couldn’t find a way to stop ...

Past Infidelity Still Haunts

Dear Annie: I have been married for seven years. My husband has had not one but several affairs. And he didn’t just have affairs; he had two kids born six weeks apart from two different women. I love my husband and am helping him raise these children, who are now 2 years old. I keep telling ...

‘Last Song’ To Be Heard Once More

A special concert celebrating a legendary musical figure will be presented at Wheeling Jesuit University at 3 p.m. next Sunday. The performance, titled “Sister Mary Agnes’ Last Song,” will feature soprano Janis-Rozena Peri, pianist Marguerite Rasz Bostonia and historian Barbara Howe. ...

Last Child at Home Balks at Moving

DEAR ABBY: I’m a guy in college, majoring in computer science. I live with my mother, who’s in her 60s and works as an elementary school teacher. Right now, we live in an urban area, near some big cities. Most of our family originally lived here, but my siblings all moved to a ...