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Wife’s donation of eggs is fertile ground for discussion

Dear Abby: My husband and I were chatting recently and the subject of sperm donation came up. He surprised me by saying he’s vehemently against it, and then compared it to selling your body as in prostitution. He also mentioned he thinks it’s disgusting because any kids we would potentially have might end up dating their half-siblings. We let the issue drop, but Abby, I have a secret.

Wife who doesn’t enjoy sex got bad wedding day advice

Dear Abby: I’ve been married more than 20 years and have three children. What I haven’t had is a real desire for sex — nor have I ever had, as far as I know, an orgasm. Before my wedding, my mother warned me that sex was overblown, uncomfortable and messy, but she said I had to put up with it if I wanted kids and a good marriage.

Mark Harvey — Grateful for a whole lot of things

F lo, the 80-plus-going-on-45-year-old mother-in-law, did a respectable job of being respectful. She managed to straighten up Tom and Jolie’s house, and wash the dishes and wipe up a few things and do a little bit of miscellaneous housework (that created the illusion of order — after all, she was a Mom) without opening much of anything that might not be any of her business — and she did NOT “snoop!”

Nothing New — Vagrants and the “tie-pass”

Back in the waning years of the 19th century when Aberdeen was growing into more than a muddy clearing and the timber trade was taking hold, it became a target for the lazy and indolent. At that time there were plenty of jobs available and little excuse to be unemployed which led in 1897 to the city fathers passing Ordinance 140 concerning vagrants and providing the punishment thereof.

Happy single man feels pressure from his friends

Dear Abby: I have never had a long-term relationship. My friends and family kept calling me out for it. I tried online dating and setups by friends and family, but nothing worked out. In fact, the constant questions only annoyed me more. With all my friends happily married and settled, I started resenting their intrusion into my life.

Nothing New — Going to the dogs

For no particular reason, it seems to be a good time to finally let this column go to the dogs with a series of random stories about man’s best friend. 1906 seems to have been an especially rough year on the Harbor for dogs and people (and trains and streetcars) to mix.

School year drags on for girl separated from boy she likes

Dear Abby: I’m a 12-year-old girl and I like a boy named “Chris.” We go to different schools now, and I don’t know how to get in touch with him to tell him how I feel. At times for the past two years we have been flirting on and off. We will be reunited again next year. I can’t hold on much longer, and he’s at a school with his ex. What should I do?