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Partner Not Supportive Of Her Children

Dear Annie: I’m in a relationship with someone whom I thought would care about and love me. I met this man almost 10 years ago. My adult son, “Barry,” lives with us, though he will be moving out soon. My partner gets home from work and complains to me about little things Barry does. For ...

Tension Mounts For Tired Mom Who Gets Little Help From Dad

DEAR ABBY: I am a working mother of three who may be battling postpartum depression. I feel like I am parenting alone. I get the kids out of the house by myself in the morning before my husband even drags himself out of bed. I drop the kids off. I go to work. I teach, so my day is spent ...

Gambling Games: The Odds Are Never in Your Favor

To get an idea of how the House (casino) works, let’s play a game: What are the odds? Put the following events in order from most likely to least likely to happen to you: Being a drowning victim Being killed by lightning Choking to death Winning the Powerball jackpot Being killed in ...

How to Help A Worried Friend

Dear Annie: I have a friend who is going through a tough time, and I am wondering how I can help her. She was a single mother who raised two daughters and a son on her own. I am still amazed at how she provided a safe and loving home for her children all by herself. Her daughters are married ...

Search Begins For Recipes That Were Lost

DEAR ABBY: Due to some unfortunate family circumstances, I was devastated to discover that nearly all of my boxes of cherished recipes had been destroyed. I’m now starting over from scratch to collect special recipes I can pass down to my children. Most of my family members have died, so ...

Mind Your Bedside Manners

Recently I had an operation that required a brief hospital stay. I am a rare bird who loves hospitals and hospital food. I don’t even mind the nurses waking me up at 3 a.m. to ask me if I would like a sleeping pill. Go figure. But I would like to address physician bedside manner. Don’t ...

Fertility Woes In a New Town

Dear Annie: My husband and I have had some difficulty getting pregnant. I am 32 and feel the clock ticking as each day without my having a fertility doctor passes. This entire process is completely embarrassing. I am ashamed I even have to go through this. I feel as though I am less of a ...

Mom Wants To Quell Teen’s Violent Abuse

DEAR ABBY: I’m a mother of two boys, 13 and 12. My oldest son has become very abusive, both physically and emotionally. He has been arrested for hitting me and hitting his little brother. He was recently kicked off the bus for hitting another student and has also been locked out of school. ...

Candy Bars And Confessions

When I was about 9 years old, I stole a candy bar from the Convenient Food Mart across the street from the apartment where I lived with my mom and older sister. I was with an older neighbor girl, my partner in crime. I’m pretty sure it was her idea, but I was no stranger to stealing: I’d ...

Northern Panhandle Writers Garner Honors

West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman of Wheeling, fellow Wheeling resident Sean Duffy and Weirton native Anna Egan Smucker are among the poets, essayists and fiction writers who have work published in the 2018 volume of “Anthology of Appalachian Writers.” The 10th volume of Shepherd ...

Making Space For Learning

Ohio County Schools’ recently approved bond initiative focuses on safety, infrastructure, energy efficiency and innovation. One specific project, creating collaborative learning spaces in our schools, blends infrastructure and innovation, and the work completed for the betterment of our ...

Open Letter For ‘Be Kind To Animals Week’

Dear Annie: I’m hoping you’ll print this for Be Kind to Animals Week. While traveling, my daughter saw four dogs lying beside an interstate. When she stopped, two ran off into the woods. With the aid of another motorist, she managed to get two dogs into her car and drive them to a shelter ...

Father Concerned About Preschooler Still Being Breastfed

DEAR ABBY: Our daughter turns 5 soon, and my wife still breastfeeds her to bed every night and wakes her a few times a night for more breastfeeding. This has had negative consequences on our marriage. All my daughter’s peers have been weaned and have been sleeping alone through the night ...

Crohn’s Can Cause Issues With Eating

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 61 years old and in good shape. I have Crohn’s disease, which makes eating a good diet difficult. Fruit and fresh vegetables go right through me. I can digest a banana. My doctor just told me that my total cholesterol is 215, HDL 45 and LDL 146. Should I consider ...

Unplug Your Kids to Prevent Forming Unhealthy Habits

An anonymous observer reportedly commented: “Only a government would believe you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket and sew it to the bottom and have a longer blanket.” Although an accurate portrayal of daylight savings time, don’t you just love the additional daylight in the ...

Older Dog Can’t Learn New Trick

Dear Annie: I am having an issue with our 13-year-old bichon frise and am hoping that you can point me in the right direction. We adopted our dog when he was 1 year old, and he was house-trained. Until recently, our work schedule allowed us to walk him three times a day. Midsummer, my husband ...

Paint Your Landscape

The history of our modern landscape can be traced back to early English painters such as William Kent. He translated his “picturesque” paintings into large landscape designs that became the English Landscape Movement. His pastoral English landscapes and those of Capability Brown ultimately ...

Daughter’s Declaration Upsets Mom

DEAR ABBY: My daughter recently informed me that she has met someone and the someone happens to be a woman. My reaction was, of course, shock and anger, although I have kind of suspected over the years that she is a lesbian. She is 43 and was married for 10 years. She has two children and ...

A Pajamas Conspiracy

Dear Annie: Shortly after Christmas, my work friend, “Mike,” and I were talking at lunch and discovered we have the same problem. Our wives both gave us silk pajamas. Worst yet, they expect us to wear them! We think it’s a conspiracy, even though they have never met. Mike wears his boxer ...

Bathroom Art Causes Stink

DEAR ABBY: I’m a married woman in my 30s. My husband and I own a home, which I have decorated to our taste with the exception of “my” bathroom. My husband and I use separate bathrooms. Mine is the one on the main floor, which is also used by our guests. A few months ago, I purchased a ...