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No Kids for Us, Thanks

Dear Annie: My husband and I have made the decision to refrain from having children. People are very nosy, always asking when we will have kids, as we have been married for six years and I am 32. When I tell them we have chosen not to have children, which I consider a decent response, I get ...

Mystifying Mood Swings Baffle Her

DEAR ABBY: I read your letters every chance I get. They remind me that I’m not the only one with problems, but sometimes I just feel so empty. I have random bouts where anything can send me into a crying jag and all I want to do is hide and go to sleep. I can be watching a funny TV show ...

Teens Learn Lessons The Hard Way

Bear with me. I am no longer the mother of two young daughters. I have a teenager. She is full of contradictions. She is amazing because of her many moods and imperfections. She was asked to speak on behalf of her class and to reflect on her school experience. She earned this honor because ...

Rescinded Invite Causes Bad Blood

DEAR ABBY: My son “Jeff” is wealthy and lives in another state with his wife and family. His wife has now moved her mother to where they live and she works for my son. Jeff and his family take vacations several times a year in the U.S. and out of it, and always include her mother or her ...

Coding: A Hot New Basic Skill Children Can Learn Young

DEAR TEACHER: Where can a child learn to code? — Searching Answer: Learning to code is the hot new basic skill parents want their children to learn. You will find coding being taught in more and more schools, but it definitely is not being taught in all schools. Parents certainly ...

Hit the Sweet Spot With Honeysuckle

Who couldn’t love a plant with a name that speaks of both sweetness and nurturing? Yet there are those who scorn honeysuckle. And — just as bad — there are those who shower honeysuckles with too much affection. The key to experiencing honeysuckle’s sweet side is having the right plant ...

Man Must Choose

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married for 13 years and have two beautiful children. I recently found out that for the last two years, he has been having an affair, and his mistress is now three months pregnant. When I confronted him about the situation, he claimed he doesn’t know ...

Coming To Terms With Getting Older

Dear Annie: My 30th birthday is just around the corner, and it’s bothering me more than I’d like to admit. I know that right about now, people older than I am are probably reading this and feeling insulted and/or rolling their eyes. I don’t mean any offense. I’ve just never wanted to ...

Management Short-sighted

Dear Annie: I work in health and wellness for the largest retailer in the world. I love my job, but there are so many things I don’t understand. Management is always on us about making money (which I understand), but no matter what we do, it is never enough. We reside in a depressed area ...

Smith’s Scene Returns Home To Wheeling

A long-lost painting of the Wheeling Suspension Bridge has been returned to the Friendly City, albeit a bit worse for the wear. The painting, done by the late Wheeling artist Frasier Smith, had belonged to the late Audra Wayne, who was a well-known Wheeling genealogist. Her daughter, Barbara ...

Teen in Violent Gang Seeks to Straighten Out

DEAR ABBY: I am 19, and I have been smoking and drinking — a lot — ever since I was 14. I also sneak out and go to parties and hang out with a gang I’m in. We get into a lot of fights. I know I have hurt quite a few people, and I want to set myself straight. I’m worried because I’m ...

Drowning In Student Debt

It’s the time of year when newly minted degree holders don their academic robes and ill-fitting caps and march up the aisle to receive their certificates. For many new graduates, however, thoughts of massive debt overshadow their joy in finally achieving their lifelong dreams. Today’s ...

He Wants To Redeem Marriage Doomed by Debt

DEAR ABBY: I was divorced seven years ago. My ex-wife, “Annie,” and I were married almost seven years and had what I thought was a great relationship. Then we bit off more than we could chew financially. I began working long hours to get us out of the pit, which created distance between us ...

Don’t Start Living On Memory Lane

Dear Annie: My family relocated the year I was entering ninth grade, and on the third day at my new school, as I was walking home, a girl I’ll call Ann ran up to my side, introduced herself and insisted on carrying my books to my home, some three blocks away. The next morning, Ann and three ...

Adult Daughter Interrupts Mom’s Life

DEAR ABBY: I’m 54. My 28-year-old daughter, Sarah, lives with me. Our issue is MY sex life. I have a long-term live-in boyfriend, and we enjoy each other in many ways. We try to be quiet while we’re enjoying each other physically, but evidently we are not quiet enough. Sarah complains ...

Keep Off the Grass

Dear Annie: I’ve never written to one of these columns before, but I do read them. My family recently bought a home in a large development in the South. We don’t own a dog at this time but have in the past. The neighborhood is full of dog owners who walk their dogs and let them do their ...

Cleanliness Is Next to … Impossible

I like a clean house. If you dropped by tonight, however, you would call me a liar. And for good reason. My back porch is the first clue that my statement doesn’t add up, strewn as it is with cardboard to be recycled, broken lawn equipment and last fall’s dirt and leaves. Inside, ...

Raphel’s Rocky Route

Maestro Andre Raphel faced a rocky journey from Philadelphia to conduct the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra for the final time Friday night. No, Raphel didn’t have to run up and down the famous “Rocky” steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but he did spend all day and into the evening ...

Woman With Anxiety Disability Is Target

DEAR ABBY: I can’t drive. It’s not because I don’t want to, but whenever I sit behind the wheel, I have panic attacks. I’m currently attending therapy for it, and progress is being made, albeit slowly. The problem is, when I try to explain that I suffer from GAD (generalized anxiety ...

John Marshall Seniors Impart Wise Advice

This time of year is bittersweet for graduating students. They are finally at the end of their long 13-year journey, from kindergartners to high school seniors. Thirteen years ago, it seemed this day would never come. Now, looking back, most say it happened in the blink of an eye. Four short ...