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Wife is unwilling to shoulder burden of mother-in-law’s care

Dear Abby: My mother-in-law is 80 and in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. She lives alone an hour and a half from us. She also has a professional who takes care of her once a week. My husband, “Fred,” goes to help and entertain her every weekend, and I sometimes accompany him. She has enough money to stay in an assisted living facility, but Fred wants to build a mother-in-law apartment for her on our property.

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Dear Abby 8/5

D ear Abby: What is the protocol for naming a baby after a deceased person? If the name you want to use is a deceased family member’s name, do we ask his next of kin for approval? Do we say nothing? Is it assumed that people who wish to use someone’s name when naming their child should seek permission (whether the person is living or dead)? Obviously, some people will use the name regardless of being granted a blessing or not, but I’m wondering what is appropriate in this situation.

Human Matters — Knowing when to dream, when to let dreams go

It’s 1993. Two days shy of his second birthday, my firstborn, Jonathan, is exploring the grassy area behind the apartment building. His legs, alive with energy and joy, make the swish-squish sound that is the signature of the modern disposable diaper. I watch him from a distance, sitting on a concrete staircase, guitar in my lap, dreaming, resting. His squeal lifts my head. Floating in midair, caught in the contradicted drafts between these buildings, is a down feather. It floats up, then free falls, then knuckleballs randomly left, left, then right. Jig, jog, float, sink, soar. Tinkerbell’s flight path after tequila shots.