Dear Abby: I have been estranged from my sister for four years. She lives across the country, so it hasn’t been difficult to hold a grudge. Either because I’m turning 50 this year, or maybe it’s old-fashioned guilt, I have been feeling the right thing to do is to make amends.
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Dear Abby: I am a full-time working woman, part-time student and new wife to an incredible husband. We’re in our mid-20s and have been living together for a year, but I have a problem that I’m still unsure about.
The Rev. J. Kerry Presnell, First Christian Church of Platte City, Mo.: I have always found it interesting how people of various religions interpret or “choose”’ certain Scriptures or passages to justify their actions.
Dear Abby: My fiance, “Jerry,” has a daughter-in-law who flashes both of us intimate parts of her body. At a recent gathering, she went down to the floor 2 feet away from where Jerry was sitting and gave us both a full view up her dress. Abby, she did it deliberately!
Dear Abby: My wife has stage 4 breast cancer. She is only 51, and our most optimistic prognosis is three to four more years. Our children, 15 and 16, understand her disease, but don’t really have a sense of how much longer we all have together.
Dear Abby: My twin brother is an alcoholic and homeless. He has never held a job. Although we have drifted apart, he still contacts me when he needs money, guilt trips me about not having a place to go, and once even faked a drug overdose to get my attention. I have helped him many times, but he always goes back to his old ways.
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.
We all have our ways of emerging into “today,” particularly if we aren’t assaulted by an alarm.
Dear Abby: My birthday was last week and my boyfriend gave me $100 cash to spend on myself. I ended up spending the money on groceries for the both of us and on gas.
Insurance is funny. You pay good money for something you hope and pray you will never need. And the more you pay for it, likely the more you hope you won’t need it – like flood insurance.
Dear Abby: My wife, “Tina,” was very hurt by a friend recently. Her friend “Sally” called her “cheap” during a conversation (“she’s cheap like you”). Sally didn’t intend it to be hurtful, just an illustration — but my wife is very upset about it.
RED FLAGS: “Please provide your Social Security number.” “Can I get a get a copy of your Social Security card?” Stop! Think! More often than not — just say no.
Dear Abby: I’m 18 and smarter than many people realize. I carefully evaluate every situation to find the best solution, but I can’t find one for this problem. My boyfriend, who I’ve been with for two years, has recently started watching hermaphrodite porn on a website where there are naked pictures of local girls.
Dear Abby: We are writing in response to the question you printed (Jan. 13) about where to find affordable counseling. Your suggestions were helpful, but we want to share another one:
Dear Abby: My wife, “Barb,” and I have been married for 21 years, and like any married couple, we’ve had our ups and downs. We recently visited my mom, a widow in her 80s. Barb caught a cold while we were there and needed to stay in bed while Mom and I visited family.