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Aging mom who wants to die may find relief from doctor

Dear Abby: My 83-year-old mother has decided she wants to die. She says she’s miserable, but I think she’s causing her own misery. She has medications to address her physical ailments — none of which are critical. My siblings live in other states. Mom feels it’s a “burden” for them to travel to see her, and she refuses to travel.

Teenage girl’s boyish figure is often deceiving to others

De ar Abby: I’m a 14-year-old girl with a problem. Because of my buzzed short hair, slim hips and flat chest, I frequently get mistaken for a boy. It really bothers me because, despite my haircut and body shape, I have a feminine face and I wear women’s clothes and makeup. I’m not too much of a tomboy.

Assistant’s gruff attitude needs to be smoothed out

Dear Abby: How do I deal with an assistant who keeps calling me a “brownnoser”? She did it again yesterday at a staff meeting in front of my boss and another assistant. It was the third time she has said it. She is gruff and rude, and several people have complained to me about her attitude.

Cellphone snoop discovers her boyfriend is cheating

Dear Abby: I have been in a long-distance relationship with “Victor” for several years. Recently I began to suspect he was cheating. What raised my suspicion was that I suddenly couldn’t reach him on the weekends. Usually we would Skype — Sunday night for me, Monday morning for him.

Things people never say in the hospice

Four years of my professional life were spent working in hospice. Director of bereavement and pastoral care. Simply put, four of the best years of my life. Creative, energizing and a daily learning curve. A downer? Absolutely not! Quite the opposite. More hopeful, inspirational, meaningful.

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Faces of Faith — What we are celebrating this week

A little boy was sick on Palm Sunday one year and stayed home from church with his mother. His father returned from church holding a palm branch. The little boy was curious and asked, “Why do you have that palm branch, dad?” “Well you see son, when Jesus came into town, everyone waved palm branches to honor him, so we got palm branches at church today.”

Voices of Faith: What should we think of original sin?

The Rev. Joe Nassal, Precious Blood Center, Liberty, Mo.: Watching the evening news recently, there was one disaster story after another, from the Malaysian airline that disappeared to the mudslide where one minute people are going about their daily grind and the next minute they are buried.