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Teaching For The Love of It

As a child, I loved everything about school. I spent most of my free time playing school; writing on my chalkboard easel and reading stories to my stuffed toys. As I got older, I did a lot of baby-sitting. I liked being responsible for the children in my care, and I cherished seeing their ...

Trying Not to Get Lost While Navigating the Medicare Maze

Guess who is turning 65? Yes, that would be me! By the time you read this, I will have reached this major milestone. Now you know about it like hundreds of insurance companies selling Medicare plans. They have been contacting me (pestering is more like it) since the beginning of the ...

Yes, You Can Say No

Do most of us feel the way I do when family, office or a volunteer organization asks you to do something to which you feel you cannot commit? Not too many of us want to be thought of as the grouch, so you start to say “no” but “yes” slips out. Understand why you have a hard time ...

Couple Fights For Marriage After Infidelity

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married 23 years. A month ago, he slept with my daughter’s best friend. As soon as it happened, he told me what he’d done. He said he felt like I didn’t love him anymore and admitted he made a mistake. I can tell he truly feels ashamed. Nonetheless ...

Worker Wants Out Despite Good Friends

DEAR ABBY: I have reached a crossroads with my career. I used to love my job. I play an important role at my company, and I’m good at what I do. Long term, it provides job security. However, the pay is subpar, and my recent request for a raise was denied. I haven’t received a raise in ...

Screaming Child Should Be Removed

Dear Annie: I was recently shopping in a department store, when I heard the very loud screams of a child. Because the screaming was so abnormal, I wanted to seek the child out to see what was causing it. When I found the screamer, she was being pushed in a stroller by her mother, with a man ...

Different Is Not Wrong

One thing I have tried to teach my daughter from the get-go is that different does not mean less or bad or wrong. Kids actually know this inherently before they learn otherwise. From those earliest visits to the park or pool, it’s fascinating to watch toddlers make fast friends with anyone ...

Moving In With Dirty Guys

Dear Annie: Next month, I will be moving into my boyfriend’s apartment, which he shares with two other guys. They’ve been living together for about two years, and everyone gets along without issue. They all have their own space and work different hours, so depending on the time, it’s kind ...

Cox, Dippold ‘Emerging’ In Art Circle

Two women from the Northern Panhandle are participating in the 2018 Emerging Artists Exhibition at the state Culture Center in Charleston. The exhibitors include Betsy Cox of Glen Dale and Elizabeth Ann Dippold of Pine Grove. Cox, who is well known for her pottery, has two pieces, “Forest ...

Senior Year Is Stressful Time as Students Make Big Decisions

I teach high school seniors, those lucky students who are finally standing at the apex of their long 13 years of schooling. At the beginning of every school year, I watch excited seniors enter my room, declaring this will be their best, most memorable year of school. They soon realize this ...

Getting Kids R.E.S.T. Important for Back-to-School Success

Summer is a wonderful time for kids. They have more freedom to play, explore and swim — but they are also out of their normal school routines by staying up late and sleeping in late. Parents dread the first week of school for many reasons, but one big reason is the difficulty in getting them ...

Cottage Guests Short on Thanks

DEAR ABBY: Years ago, I bought a beautiful little cottage in the North Carolina mountains as a second home. I feel very lucky to be able to afford such a luxury and have always been generous, sharing it with family and friends. However, it has reached the point where people constantly ask to ...

Don’t Skip The Specialist

DEAR DR. ROACH: My significant other and I are debating whether I should pursue follow-up testing with a rheumatologist for the possibility of ankylosing spondylitis. I say no, and she says yes, because things could be worse down the road if do have AS and don’t deal with it starting now. I ...

Questions To Ask a Landscape Firm

In my first installment published in this space on June 20, I provided tips on what steps to take before hiring a landscape contractor. Now it is time for you to find the best contractor for your job. Here are some tips and suggestions to consider during the consultation: 1. What is the ...

He Wonders If Using Rough Talk Is Wrong

DEAR ABBY: My wife and I have been married 25 years and have three adult children who no longer live with us. We are religious and belong to a conservative church. We have a satisfying sex life. About 15 years ago we started using graphic language during our lovemaking. We find it exhilarates ...

Planned Baby Name Renews Pain of Loss

DEAR ABBY: I come from a small, close family. Last year, we suffered a devastating loss. My cousin and her two children were killed in a car accident. We have all been profoundly affected by this loss, especially my aunt and uncle. Fast forward: Another cousin is pregnant with her second ...

Parent Shaming and Blaming; Two-mile Hill

OK. Here goes. Can we please stop the parent shaming? I am soul-weary when it comes to this subject. Every time I log on, tune in or go out, I hear people slamming parents. There are parents complaining about other parents who don’t do things the way they would do them. There are grandparents ...

Old Friend Seeks Encouraging Word For Mom of Perp

DEAR ABBY: What do you say when a friend’s son has committed a horrific crime? Does one say, “I’m sorry” or “Call me,” or merely pat them on the shoulder and move on? Or, what? I know she is suffering and blames herself for his crime. How do I even approach her? I knew her quite ...

Old Garibaldi, Old Stone Now United

A pre-Civil War cannon now has a new/old display base in the courtyard at West Virginia Independence Hall in downtown Wheeling. The cannon, known as “Old Garibaldi” in honor of 19th-century Italian Gen. Giuseppe Garibaldi, was cast at the LaBelle Iron Works in Wheeling circa 1860. After ...

Daughter’s Birth Reawakens Memories of Abuse in Dad

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I are proud parents of our first child, a girl. Despite his excitement and pride, her arrival has caused his childhood sexual abuse by his stepfather to resurface with more detail than he previously remembered. It has reached the point that if he isn’t thinking about ...