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Prayer can turn to panic during restaurant outings

Dear Abby: I’m comfortable with my faith and pray before a meal at home and at friends’ houses. We have become friendly with individuals from our church, and on many occasions have gone out to eat together at restaurants. When the meal is brought out, it has become a custom to pray. I feel uncomfortable praying aloud in public, and have seen others at our table already eating when someone says, “Let’s pray.”

Nonstop talkers take a toll on those stuck listening

Dear Abby: I have noticed that some people in my age group (60s) are becoming compulsive talkers. These people don’t ask questions of those around them. When someone begins to speak, the compulsive talker interrupts, usually in a louder voice and returns to dominating the conversation. Some of them continue to ramble on even when no one is listening anymore.

Father’s noisy lovemaking is pain to daughter’s ears

Dear Abby: I’m the mother of an 18-year-old daughter. Her dad and I are divorced and she lives with him. We were married 20 years and I know he’s a good parent, except for one thing. My daughter has told me her father and his partner sometimes engage in very loud lovemaking when she’s in her room, and it embarrasses her. She’s shy to begin with, so she hasn’t said anything to him.