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Today’s Sound Off is about people who keep asking, “When are you starting a family?” Dear Heloise: What is it with people today? My husband and I got married four years ago, and people keep asking when we’re going to have a baby. We’re not. Neither one of us wants children. We’re ...

Woman Ready for Intimacy Is Not Ready for Pregnancy

DEAR ABBY: Two years ago, I had a miscarriage. The guy was nothing more than a fling. We were careful and never did anything without protection, but it happened anyway. I have now been in a relationship with a really great guy for four months. I said I wanted to take it slow, and he has been ...

Fending Off the Bad Friends

I pressed a button on the answering machine, and an imperious voice demanded: “Sally, this is Amanda. Call me right away. It’s important.” Hoping to delete the actual child, I pressed another button. But the machine lacked the power for the job. Amanda is the mean queen of the ...

Adoptive Mom Writes Rules for Strangers With Questions

DEAR ABBY: I’m an adoptive mother who has had more than my fair share of inappropriate comments directed at me and my children. They usually come from strangers or acquaintances. I’m about up to here with them, so I thought I would write you about etiquette for interacting with adoptive ...

Medical Advice

Dear Heloise: It’s important to make sure you get copies of all medical tests, operations, hospital stays and the doctor’s findings to keep for your records. I recently tried to get records from a prior surgery that required a month’s hospital stay. I was told they no longer existed and ...

Anticoagulant Therapy for Protein Deficiency

DEAR DR. ROACH: Many members of my family and I have protein S deficiency and are prescribed warfarin. We are aware of the effects that food, exercise and medicines have in reaction to warfarin. Several of us have INR meters and do our testing at home. I have been on warfarin since 1991, with ...

Attending Ex’s Wedding Enrages Couple’s Nephew

DEAR ABBY: My wife and I have a 45-year-old nephew who married for the first time two years ago. Before that, he was engaged to a woman I’ll call Anita for two years. We assumed the reason for their breakup was she wanted children, and he did not. Last year, we attended Anita’s wedding, as ...

When Do We Become ‘Old?’

A few weeks ago, a gentleman was in my office. Describing his various, aches and pains, he looked sternly toward the physician – ME - and protested, “I know Doc. You are just going to tell me I am getting old”. Confidently, I responded, “You are not old until you’re 80.” Without ...

Core Iceberg Lettuce

Dear Heloise: Want to remove the core of a head of lettuce quickly? Hold the lettuce in both hands with the core side down. Give the head of lettuce one or two hard raps on a solid surface, such as a countertop. Turn the lettuce over and remove the core. No mess and no knife to clean. — ...

Man Gets Angry When Wife Resists Catering to His Libido

DEAR ABBY: I have been married for 30 years. I still work full time, and my husband is now retired. We have had issues during most of our marriage, mainly concerning his not getting enough sex. A couple of times a week isn’t sufficient. In the past, he looked at porn a lot. He likes to ...

Online Calculator Can Estimate Need For Statin Drugs

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 68 years old and in good shape. I work out at the gym or do other activities every day. I use the elliptical and/or treadmill an hour each day. Besides the gym workout, I take 8,000 to 10,000 daily steps. I am 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weigh 125 pounds. I eat vegetables and ...

Clash Over Money Threatens To Undermine Reconciliation

DEAR ABBY: My wife, “Cynthia,” and I are a middle-aged couple who have been married four years. Shortly after our wedding, she suffered a stroke during a heart transplant. After she returned home from the hospital, a “friend” told her I was having an affair (I wasn’t). Without telling ...

Hiring a Retiree

Today’s Sound Off is about hiring a retiree. Dear Heloise: About four years ago I retired from my job, but I still want to work part time. The problem is, no one seems to want to hire a person over 65 years of age. I taught school for many years and hold a master’s degree in education. ...

Man Cuts All Ties To Family After the Death of His Dog

DEAR ABBY: Five years ago, my older brother had an accident and needed to live at my parents’ house while he recovered. He brought along his 4-year-old dog, “Pepper.” The dog needed to be on a special diet. My father, who is a major alcoholic, enjoyed having Pepper there, but because ...

Parlor Talk On Davis Planned

Celebrations recognizing famous women often extend beyond March’s observance of Women’s History Month. On a regional level, one such event will take place next month. Wheeling historians Margaret Brennan and Rebecca Karelis have been invited to give the 2020 Spring Parlor Talk at the ...

It Isn’t Romantic To Be Scammed

“Dear Heloise: Please warn your readers about romance scams, which are growing rapidly, especially among people over 40 years of age. The scammers often use dating websites but will also use email or social media sites. They post fake profiles, use fictional names and declare their feelings ...

Aunt Determined To Keep Girl Safe From Abusive Relatives

DEAR ABBY: One of my husband’s sisters has eight kids, ranging from 15 months to 20 years old. She hasn’t taken care of any of them for more than three years. They never saw a doctor, they didn’t have food in the house, and she was abusive. When she lost custody, the ones without ...

Yes, Get the 2nd Shot for Hepatitis A Protection

DEAR DR. ROACH: Last July, I ate at a beach restaurant in Florida and shortly afterward was advised to get a hepatitis A shot, which I did. They also said to get the second shot in January 2020. Now I’m hearing that there may be complications with the second shot causing health problems and ...

Best Friend Can’t Suppress His Crush On Gay Woman

DEAR ABBY: I am a gay woman. My male best friend has had a crush on me for more than a year. It is so intense that he is almost delusional. We have talked extensively about it. He knows where I stand and that it will never happen, and he says he accepts that. But he can’t stand the thought of ...

The Benefits of Body Repositioning

Have you ever noticed how your idea of a situation can change when you look at it from a different perspective? Repositioning our minds and bodies can have great physical and mental benefits. Sometimes we get too far into our own comfort zone that we forget that there are many different ways to ...