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Mark Harvey — You must visit your aging parents

You may have missed this back in 2012 — a lot of us had a lot of other things on our minds in 2012! But, according to the Associated Press, that was the year that the Chinese national legislature amended its “law on the elderly” to require that adult children visit their aged parents “often” — or risk being sued by them.

Time to check out your chimney

Our amazing summer is winding down and while we will miss the warmth, the long days and all the fun, there are certainly great activities to enjoy in the fall – football, hunting and fishing come to mind.

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.

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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.