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Mother’s alcoholism poses serious threat to her baby

Dear Abby: I just realized I’m six weeks pregnant. I have always wanted to start a family and raise children with my fiance, but I have a big problem. I am an alcoholic and have been struggling with this issue for a few years. I don’t know the effect this could have on my baby, but I know it isn’t good. My fiance also drinks a lot, and our home situation isn’t the greatest for a child because of it.

Being a good listener is the best way to be heard

Dear Abby: I am responding to “Tired of Talking to Myself” (Feb. 13), whose husband’s ears slam shut when she begins to speak. This is not a problem that’s exclusive to men. Women do it as well. As a retired PA (physician’s assistant), when talking with patients, I would refer to it as selective hearing loss.

Husband’s caring ministry doesn’t extend to his wife

Dear Abby: I have been married to the same man for 20 years. He likes having people around ALL the time, and because he is a minister, we often can’t avoid it. I have tried to accommodate his friends and hangers-on, but lately it’s becoming unbearable. He will say “yes” to people who have been evicted, and I find myself sharing living quarters with perfect strangers or church members without prior notice.

4-legged Annie

Annie is an 8 year old Chihuahua mix. She was adopted from a Tacoma animal shelter last August then displaced due to the past winter’s flooding in the area. Affectionate and friendly, Annie would like to be in a loving home with a family who can spend time with her. She’s house trained, good with children and other animals. Annie is tall for a Chihuahua yet she remains a small, sleek dog. Her long legs may have been around the block a few times but she’s more than willing to try again! She won’t require a lot of exercise but she will require a lot of love. Annie is available for adoption through PAWS Of Grays Harbor. 800 W 1st St. Aberdeen. 360-533-1141. They are open for adoptions on Wednesdays (10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.) and Saturdays (11 a.m. - 3 p.m.). You can also find them on Facebook.

Prayer can turn to panic during restaurant outings

Dear Abby: I’m comfortable with my faith and pray before a meal at home and at friends’ houses. We have become friendly with individuals from our church, and on many occasions have gone out to eat together at restaurants. When the meal is brought out, it has become a custom to pray. I feel uncomfortable praying aloud in public, and have seen others at our table already eating when someone says, “Let’s pray.”