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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!”

Time to garden! Make a newsprint pot.

You can make your own growing pots for seedlings out of newspaper. This will help to get those veggies growing early. As an alternative to expensive peat pots or plastic containers, try this idea courtesy of the California Garden Clubs’ Kids Growing Strong program.

Man stays on the sidelines when family talks sports

Dear Abby: My family is big on sports and discusses them at every gathering, big or small. I played sports growing up, but I don’t care to follow them in my adult life like the rest of my family does. Sometimes I’m left out of conversations because of my lack of knowledge on the current stats, etc. I have always refrained from speaking about the things I’m passionate about because of lack of interest from them.

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.