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Up the Beach — Heading into fall on the coast

Up the beach’s back roads at this not-quite-fall time of the year, brings back old memories. Memories of Mom, memories of Gram. You can almost see them alongside the road. Mom with her apron gathered into a big pocket for her finds and Gram and the aunties with baskets or lard buckets swinging from their hands.

Justice in Motion — September is National Preparedness Month

Seeing as this gorgeous summer weather is going to abandon us in the hopefully not-so-near future, it seems a good time to remind folks about being prepared for emergencies and disasters. The December 2007 storm occurred just a couple of months after I arrived to this community. I was very lucky to have a friend and neighbor who was amply prepared so frankly I enjoyed the paid week off. However, but for his assistance, I would have been in quite a pickle as I was not at all prepared.

Readers take Abby to task for answer to obese woman

Dear Abby : Your response to “Offended Daughter” (Aug. 10), whose mother didn’t like her lounging in a bikini top at her house because of her weight, was inconsiderate, irresponsible and, frankly, offensive. You started off well, advising her to consider her mother’s preference because it’s her house, but your second paragraph took a wrong turn.

Parents persist in thinking gay son will straighten out

Dear Abby: I’m a gay male college student who is out and comfortable with who I am — 99 percent of the time. When I was in high school, I tried to come out to my parents and it didn’t go smoothly. They had an emotional crisis for a day, then shrugged it off as “just another teenage phase.” After the panic mode was over, they bought me off with an expensive car and continued believing I’m straight.

Husband holed up in man cave leaves his wife out in the cold

Dear Abby: I have been married for 13 years, and I’m beginning to wonder if my husband still wants to be with me. He gets home before I do and stays in his room watching TV and piddling around on the computer. He never comes out to say hello when I get home; I go in there and greet him. He comes out when I have dinner fixed and then returns to his room.

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Moving child’s grave sparks buried anger after 20 years

Dear Abby: Twenty-three years ago my husband and I lost our firstborn son. As my husband was active duty military, we could have buried him anywhere in the United States. At the time, we were in a place where my sister swore to me she would always live, and she would always be there to take care of him. I knew with my husband’s career we had many more moves ahead of us, and it helped to ease the loss knowing that he would be taken care of.

Nothing New — A short history of cycling on the Harbor

When the first bicycles appeared on the streets of Aberdeen about 1890, the only place they could be ridden was the planked city center. A plank road (present day Pacific Avenue) was soon constructed connecting Aberdeen to Hoquiam and providing a passable route for cyclists. Whether for transportation or diversion, bicycling has been popular in Grays Harbor for well over a century, and the issues they dealt with then are still with us, as seen in stories from local papers a long time ago.

Man longs for thrill he felt when romance was brand new

Dear Abby: I’m in desperate need of help. I have been with my girlfriend for four years. With every long-term relationship, there are bound to be issues. I haven’t felt loved by her in a long time, and I think I have fallen out of love with her. I can’t even tell her that I love her anymore because I don’t want to lie.

Aide should go to principal’s office for talking out of school

Dear Abby: I have overheard a person who works as an aide at the local elementary school talking about the students — discussing their special needs, behavioral issues, etc. I think it is appalling that she’s relaying confidential information to others in the community. The rule for employees here is, “What happens in the school stays in the school.”

Voices of Faith: Is ‘3’ a holy number in Christianity?

The Rev. Penny Ellwood, Blue Springs campus pastor, United Methodist Church of the Resurrection: We have a human habit of looking for patterns of three. You hear people say all the time expressions like “three’s company” or conversely, “three’s a crowd” or “the third time’s the charm,” or “bad news always comes in threes.”