When I was in kindergarten, Stevie Duffy was my nemesis. I’m astonished, actually, that I still remember his name. And his face. And his voice. But it’s all quite keen in my mind.
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Dear Abby: “Still Alive in San Diego” (Nov. 22) said she reads the obituaries every day and feels somehow disappointed when she doesn’t see a name she recognizes. She asked if it was “weird” and you told her yes, that it seemed like a lack of empathy.
Dear Abby: My 13-year-old daughter, “Lizzie,” continues to talk to a 14-year-old boy who is very controlling and abusive to her. I made her stop talking to him, took away her cellphone privileges, and tried to show her how wrong he was for her and that she was going to wind up very hurt.
Well, Dorothy, you are not on the old North Beach anymore, to paraphrase a famous movie line from the Wizard of Oz. Things they are a changin’.
D ear Abby: I’m a single mother of a beautiful 2-year-old daughter. I have always pictured myself as a mom of four little princesses. When I fantasized about having children, I imagined fairy tales, ballet, cheerleading, dress-up, tea parties — all girl things.
Dear Abby: Before my ex-husband and I were married, I became pregnant with his baby. We decided together that we weren’t ready for the responsibility and made the mutual decision to end the pregnancy early in the first trimester. We did marry eventually and had a baby girl a few years ago who is now in college.
Dear Abby: My nephew is getting married next year. I was very excited because I love him and I’m a baker. I had planned on making the groom’s cake as I did for his brother’s and sister’s weddings. The problem is, they have decided on a hunting theme for their wedding — including a camouflage wedding dress for the bride.
Dear Abby: I have been single for five years. I recently reconnected with a man I lost contact with 13 years ago. We went out a few times and it was wonderful.
Remember that Christmas song we sometimes sing? “O come, O come Emmanuel”? The gospel of Matthew introduces Jesus in the very first chapter as “Emmanuel” and, in the Hebrew, it means “God with us.” So, according to Matthew, God comes to us in Jesus, in this wandering teacher from northern Palestine, from a place called Galilee.
It’s the first day of March in 2014 and, in all likelihood, most of us have already weathered more than a few … milestones, the most harrowing of which may have been Valentine’s Day! If it wasn’t, and IF you haven’t dealt with taxes yet, I hope you stashed some chocolate away to get you through the experience.
Are you planning to buy or sell a home in Grays Harbor County soon? If so, you may be very aware of what we discussed in last week’s column — flood insurance!
Dear Abby: My wife of 45 years is having an online affair with a man who is a former business client. I found out when she inadvertently left an email message open on her laptop. Her phone records confirm daily long-distance conversations, as well. Although I know they have never met personally, they plan to meet during a weekend convention at a hotel in his hometown next month.
D ear Abby: Should I or shouldn’t I tell my boss that more than a few people have come to me asking if he is fooling around with a young woman here in the office?
Dear Abby: I’m incredibly fond of my friend “Russell.” He is always supportive, considerate and kind to me. However, I know that he is into S&M and this worries me, as I can’t reconcile the two different people — a gentle person with someone wanting to dominate and possibly hurt a woman in bed.