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Feeling Used

Dear Annie: I’m 64. I have known “Ashley” for seven years. She is a mother of two young boys, ages 7 and 5. In her early mommy years, she needed a lot of help. She would call me in the early mornings and ask whether I could care for the kids so she could go to work. I would make the long ...

Harshman’s New Book Wins Prize

West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman’s newest collection of poems, “Woman in Red Anorak,” has been released, and it’s already an award winner. This just-published volume is the winner of the 2017 Blue Lynx Prize. The book-length collection, published by Lynx House Press, is being ...

Women and World War I

Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series about Wheeling during the First World War leading to a centennial observation of Armistice Day (Veterans Day) to be held at 2 p.m. on Nov. 11 at the Doughboy monument at Wheeling Park. If you are a descendant of a World War I veteran or nurse, ...

Boyfriend Has Something to Hide

Dear Annie: I have a question and hope your advice will make me see the light. I have been dating and living with my boyfriend off and on for 12 years. We currently are living together. I have left a couple of times throughout the course of the 12 years because he was on dating sites and I ...

Exhibition To Feature Cox’s Art

Artist Betsy Cox, who operates Echo Valley Pottery in Glen Dale, has been honored to have two of her works chosen for an exhibition mounted as part of “For Freedoms,” a 50-state initiative. The exhibit will be featured on display at Apartment Earth Gallery, located at 221 Hale St. in ...

University Education Leads to Enriched Lives

Ostensibly, people go to college to get degrees that will help them get jobs. Most jobs, even ones that don’t pay much more than minimum wage, require college diplomas these days. Many people balk at this requirement, which is understandable, given the student debt crisis, declining college ...

Check That AEDs Are Accessible, Up to Date

It’s hard to believe he would have been 34 years old this October, but he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) while in gym class and died one week later. Yes, my son Matt passed away 17 years ago at the age of 17. Since that time I have learned more about SCA than I could have ever ...

Sitting Idle While Grieving Could Be Depression

Dear Annie: I’m a retired man. My elderly mom lived with me for a long time, and I stayed busy with her. She recently passed, and I’m having a hard time getting motivated to do anything. I don’t have very many friends whom I’ve stayed in touch with. It’s not that I don’t have things ...

Autumn’s A Good Time To Compost

Garden cleanup, lawn mowing and falling leaves all provide materials that make autumn a good time of year for composting. No need for exotic ingredients, fancy equipment or a degree in soil microbiology to put together a pile that yields quality compost and is not unpleasantly ...

Man Learns He May Have Another Son

DEAR ABBY: I have been married for 27 years and have three wonderful kids. The youngest is 16. I recently found out I may have another son from a relationship prior to my marriage. The woman never notified me or asked for child support. I found out through someone else a couple of months ago ...

Wife Wonders Why She Stayed Married to Him

DEAR ABBY: I have been married for 30 years. Although my husband and I are both positive people, we have not had a happy marriage. He leads the life of a bachelor, including sex with other women and unilateral decision-making. He’s outgoing, generous and well-liked. I’m a homebody who ...

Half a Lifetime Shaped by Your Stories

It doesn’t seem possible that it’s been nearly 23 years — half my life — since I started as a reporter at The Times Leader. After a couple years there and a brief stint in Pittsburgh, I joined the Wheeling News-Register staff as the Family section writer on Nov. 1, 1999. Sifting ...

Appalachian Art Project Recognizes Harshman

Wheeling artist Cheryl Ryan Harshman is participating in the Women of Appalachia Project for 2018-19. She is one of 33 women chosen for the project’s fine art component. The participants live in West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Pennsylvania. A fine art exhibit organized by the Women of ...

Parents Who Would Do It All Over Again

Dear Readers: Several weeks ago, someone requested that I pose a question to my readers that Ann Landers asked in 1975: “If you had to do it all over again, would you have kids?” I received an overwhelming response to this unscientific poll. The largest group of respondents (77 percent) ...

Let the Children Play at School

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” — Fred Rogers I recently had the privilege of representing Ohio County Schools at the West Virginia Teacher of the Year gala in ...

Couple Disagrees On When to Start Having Children

DEAR ABBY: I have been in a strong relationship with my girlfriend for five years. We are very much in love. I have told her I don’t want to get married and have kids until I have attained some level of success. She understands my desire to be a good provider, but she’s 29 and worried ...

Birdscaping Helps Attract Yard Birds

Food, water and shelter are the basic requirements for attracting birds to your yard. But you can boost the number and variety of species that visit by taking an additional landscaping step: learning the birds’ preferences. “Birdscaping” plants should be chosen to provide food and ...

Long-married Couple Considers Swinging

DEAR ABBY: My wife and I have been married for years. We married young, and I’m the only man she has been with. Although we seem to have a good sex life, she’s now saying she wants more. She wants to experiment and is suggesting we try a “swinging” lifestyle — a threesome or foursome ...

My Circus, My Monkey

Not so long ago, whenever I saw a film or TV portrayal of a mouthy adolescent girl who hated everything and everybody, I would chalk up her misery to overacting and hackneyed stereotyping by cranky middle-aged writers and directors. My opinion hinged on the fact that 1. I seemed to have ...

Growing Up With John Marshall High School

One could say John Marshall High School and I grew up together. We are both now 50, and hitting the half-century mark is a cause for reflection and celebration. One of my earliest memories as a child was riding by John Marshall and my mom pointing to the new school saying, “That’s your ...