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Past Affairs Taint New Relationship

Dear Annie: My husband passed away seven years ago from complications from Alzheimer’s disease. We had very dear friends whom we went everywhere with — church, movies, plays, vacations. The husband of my friend also had Alzheimer’s, and he passed away a year and a half later. The two of ...

Husband Invites Wife To View Porn

DEAR ABBY: My husband is retired. Except for golf a few times a week, he’s home all the time. He has taken to looking at porn a lot when he is home, including pictures and reading racy stories. When I come home from work, he’s on the computer. I’m very uncomfortable with it, and I ...

Fit To Be Folded

Dear Readers: Surely one of the most frustrating household chores must be FOLDING A FITTED SHEET — isn’t it maddening? Here’s my method to make it easier: 1. Fold the sheet in half, bring the elasticized ends together and invert one into the other. 2. Fold again in half lengthwise, ...

Past Affairs Taint New Relationship

DEAR ABBY: I recently started dating a man who, until now, has been everything I wanted — respectful, kind, caring, funny, the list goes on. He’s recently divorced, and from what I know, he was unfaithful to his wife with many long-term side partners. Later, he started having one-night ...

When Nothing Goes Your Way

Some days it seems like nothing goes your way. In my world, those days might start out something like this: I wake up to turn off my phone alarm but find I am pinned down by the dead weight of a sleeping dog pushed against my side and a cat snoozing on my chest. I pull an arm free and ...

In Love With The Lifestyle

Dear Annie: I’m not sure whether there is any advice you can give me, but here goes. I am a 23-year-old gay man. I have been living with my 56-year-old boyfriend, “Bob,” for the past four years. I love Bob but am no longer in love with him. I would like to move out but don’t make very ...

Wife Discards Husband Because He’s No Fun

Dear Annie: I am a 72-year-old married (for now) man. I was just told by my wife that she wants a divorce because I am no fun. We’ve been married for almost 50 years. Apparently, she has been planning this for quite some time. She got a face-lift, wants liposuction, etc. She goes out dancing ...

Cirrhosis Does Not Preclude A Transplant

DEAR DR. ROACH: My 52-year-old sister was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver due to alcohol. She has significant financial resources and gold-standard health care. Her liver has failed to bounce back. This month, she was placed on a liver-transplant list. How long can my sister live with ...

Age Is Barrier For Daughter To Join Club

DEAR ABBY: I am part of a small social ladies group. The eight of us range in age from mid-50s to late-60s. We get together once a month for lunch, a movie, dinner, shopping, etc. I look forward to it, and we always have a good time. Recently, we lost a few members due to relocating, and ...

Higher Ed At Forefront Of City’s Rebirth

Wheeling is experiencing a slow but steady renaissance. New businesses are setting up shop, old buildings are being transformed into living spaces and more cultural events are on the slate than ever before. Like in other cities around the country that are undergoing their own kinds of rebirth, ...

Disabling Accident Derails Sex

DEAR ABBY: Six years ago, my husband of 20 years was in a serious accident. He was placed on disability because of it. Because of the accident, he can’t perform sexually because his “goods” don’t work. I am many years younger than he is and still in my prime. I need and want the ...

Spitting Is A Gross Habit

Dear Annie: The other day, I was working from a cafe close to my house. As I sat there for a few hours, I saw a number of men spitting on the sidewalk as they passed by. Men in dirty clothes, men in fancy suits, young men, old men — it seems to be a trait shared by all types of men. Fond as I ...

Fallout Comes After Layoff

Dear Annie: I am writing you in hopes of getting, well, a little shred of hope. I come from a lower-middle-class family that has always been short on money, high on stress and full of love despite that. Growing up, I always admired the fact that my parents served a healthy, comforting meal ...

A Mom of A Certain Age

I am now a mom of a certain age. This stage of life has its burdens to bear. I’m toting saddle bags and bags under my eyes, for instance. But it also is perk-y, as in “has lots of perks” — as opposed to perky, which no longer can be associated with me in any way unless you count when ...

December Birthday Blues

Dear Annie: I’ve been wanting to write to you about this for a while. About one-twelfth of people have December birthdays. Mine is in the second week of December. When I was a child, my birthday celebration would get lost amid all the holiday events. It’d get mashed together with some big ...

Boyfriend Takes On Parenting

DEAR ABBY: My husband’s brother split from his wife, “Charlotte,” five years ago and now works and lives in another country. The brothers are still quite close. His school-age daughters live nearby and are close to their cousins, our daughters. Charlotte’s latest boyfriend (they ...

Moore Shares at Lunch With Books at Ohio County Library

For April’s observance of National Poetry Month, the eighth edition of the Wheeling Poetry Series brought poet Mary B. Moore of Huntington to the Friendly City on Tuesday. Moore gave a reading of her poetry for Lunch with Books at the Ohio County Public Library. West Virginia Poet ...

Serious Video Gamer Gets No Respect for Her Hobby

DEAR ABBY: I’m an avid video game player. My husband and I bond over playing games, reading and talking about them. In fact, in my spare time, I just earned a master’s degree in video game culture. The issue I have is people judge my hobby as “a waste of time” or comment that I ...

Fear Hinders Joy of Being A Parent

Anxiety is on the rise. I have no statistics to quantify that for you. I have not digested research studies to quote for you to support it. In my bones, I know it. It echoes in almost every conversation I have with parents. The events in our world from Parkland to the latest scare circulating ...

Daughter Not Happy With New Relationship

Dear Annie: I am a 50-year-old woman. I have two adult children and two grandchildren. I am a recovering addict. My daughter chose to stay with me during all those painful years. Now, after many years alone, I finally met someone who loves me, and I love her — yes, “her.” My partner is a ...