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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.

Suspicious car in the neighborhood?

You notice a particular vehicle has been driving up and down your road for a few weeks. It could be a new neighbor you haven’t met yet, or it could be a criminal casing the neighborhood looking for patterns and weak entry points to houses. If you can, get a description of the vehicle, its license plate number, and ask a few neighbors if they are familiar with it. If no one else knows about it, it wouldn’t hurt to report the prowler to local law enforcement and ask for an increase in patrols through the neighborhood.

Hoquiam Cheerleader heads to Chicago to discuss distracted driving

One week from today, Hoquiam High School junior Kennedy Gwin will be in Chicago. She will be there to present a staggering statistic to the 2,000 attendees of the Lifesavers Conference on traffic safety issues, one of two students in the state selected to take part on a panel about best practices for getting the safety message to teen-agers.

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.