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Late for Dinner Again!

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about guests who arrive late for every function: “Dear Heloise: My brother and his wife never show up on time and never call to say they are running late. At Thanksgiving, I hosted a family dinner, which took hours of work. I told them we would be ...

Mom Regrets Her Marriage Set a Poor Example For Kids

DEAR ABBY: I married someone who turned out to be very abusive and controlling of me and the kids. I felt powerless to leave with them because of the emotional control, and I had no way to make a living to support them. They are all adults now, and three of them have been in unhealthy ...

Frozen Charlottes Entertained and Instructed Children

Like many antique enthusiasts, I love old dolls. These playthings are well made, charming and highly collectible. They are not just for children. Even male antique enthusiasts recognize the value of a fine collectible doll. What a social comment dolls are, too. Dolls reveal much about dress, ...

Guz Makes Her Flag’s 34th Stripe

Weirton artist Savannah Schroll Guz has been chosen to represent West Virginia in the “Her Flag” project, a national celebration of the centennial of women’s suffrage. The project recognizes the original 36 states that ratified the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, in ...

Never Forget Where You Came From

How could I? West Virginia — this valley in particular - is responsible for the very best of me — my humility, my empathy and certainly my strength. In return, I have belittled her at times and worse, used her to shoulder my own shame. For too long I undervalued us both. It was 1989 ...

Separated Man Is in No Hurry to File For Divorce

DEAR ABBY: I have been dating my boyfriend for almost a year. I love him, and we have an undeniable connection I have never had with anyone else. The problem is, he’s separated but not yet divorced from his wife. I have a hard time moving forward in the relationship and meeting his family ...

What’s the Best Time To Fix a Dupuytren’s Contracture?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 73-year-old active lady. I recently noticed a wrinkle in my palm near my ring finger. I had a consultation with a nearby doctor, and he diagnosed Dupuytren’s contracture. He said I should come back when the finger is curved down. I was surprised! Wouldn’t it be better ...

Man Disabled as a Teen Haunted By Parents’ Inaction

DEAR ABBY: When I was a junior in high school, I sustained a neck injury (at school) that damaged my spinal cord. I recovered mostly from that, but I have residual weakness in my right side and severe neck pain. I was able to work until, at 57, I had to go on disability. Because of that, my ...

Drained Hydrocele Is Refilling Itself

DEAR DR. ROACH: Three weeks ago, I had to have removal of fluid that had collected around my testicles. Nearly half a liter was removed. Five days later, fluid started to build up again, and now it has filled back up. I have been checked for cancer and infection, and have neither. What is ...

Love Thine Own Self

Many times when we talk about relationships we focus on those relationships we have with other people. I think it is important to develop and maintain healthy relationships with friends, family, co-workers, etc. I also believe having a healthy, positive, and loving relationship with yourself is ...

Why Bring Nature Home?

Have you ever thought about why a butterfly or a moth goes where it goes? Where do they come from? Many of us have learned about Monarch Butterflies and their critical relationship with milkweed as a host plant, but what about the other types of butterflies and moths? In his book “Bring ...

Man’s Explosive Anger Causes Concern for Easygoing Fiancee

DEAR ABBY: I’m engaged to a wonderful guy. He is very sweet, and I’m beyond thankful for him. I wouldn’t trade him for the world. But he has a character flaw that’s hard to ignore. When he gets frustrated, he screams out loud and takes a while to get himself together. When he lost ...

Hungry Seniors

Dear Heloise: I read with interest the letter from a woman who commented on a previous writer’s letter about two elders reduced to looking for FREE MEALS to eat after a funeral service. People should be more caring about the misfortune of others. I would have welcomed two strangers showing ...

Parents Oppose Relationship With Man of Different Culture

DEAR ABBY: I am a 25-year-old college student on the verge of graduation. Over the past three months, I have been dating a slightly younger man (he’s 21). We get along well, and I thoroughly enjoy his company. He has never been anything but kind and supportive. My parents have an issue with ...

Man Is Reluctant to Share Memories of His Late Father

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend of two years and I recently moved in together. When we first met, he let me know he had lost his father to cancer a few years prior. While I know a little about his father, it is mostly superficial. As our relationship has progressed — moving in, talking about our ...

Lacking in Details with New Gadgets

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about the lack of information and instructions with new gadgets: “Dear Heloise: I recently bought an appliance for my kitchen, but it came without instructions on how to use and clean it. The same thing happened when I bought a new cellphone. Have ...

Mobile Tank is a Safe, Beneficial Option for Low Oxygen Therapy

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband is on oxygen, and he won’t take the mobile tank while he is outside. Will being on oxygen give him longer life? — M.K. ANSWER: Many causes of chronic lung disease lead to low oxygen levels. If the resting oxygen level is low (less than 89% oxygen saturation), ...

Ashes Have Waited 30 Years to Be Scattered Over Hawaii

DEAR ABBY: Thirty years ago, a friend of my husband’s roommate passed away of AIDS and was cremated. His family had ostracized him. I have no idea who they are or where they are. The roommate left and later died, also from AIDS. He left his friend’s ashes in his old room in my husband’s ...

Fish Oil Supplements: Friend or Foe?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have heard that fish oil can clog the arteries and cause problems, but I’ve also heard it’s good to take. I don’t know if it is good or bad! Can you help me out with this? — G.G. ANSWER: There remains controversy about fish oil, but recent studies prompted the U.S. ...

Couple Is Target Of Ridicule for Their Healthy Lifestyle

DEAR ABBY: We need advice about how to respond to friends and family who poke fun or show disdain because of our healthy lifestyle. We are in our 60s. We rarely eat out, and when we do, we avoid fast food. We cook most of our meals with an emphasis on vegetables, fruits, fish and chicken. We ...