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  • NEAT-FREAK'S GIRLFRIEND SWEEPS SUGGESTIONS ASIDE

    DEAR ABBY: Is nitpicking a poor trait to have? I see it as a positive thing as long as matters are brought up in a helpful way. If you want a healthy relationship with the person you live with, isn't it best to tell her what you think should be done and how?Two examples: My girlfriend likes to take…

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  • SUICIDAL INTERNET 'FRIEND' NEEDS PROFESSIONAL HELP

    DEAR ABBY: I'm a grad student who enjoys perusing social networks for jokes and stuff. The other day I came across a post from someone who said he wanted to kill himself. Naturally, I kind of freaked out.I contacted the person to ask him not to and thankfully he didn't. Normally I don't do the…

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  • WIFE WHO CAN'T MAKE UP HER MIND IS DRIVING HUSBAND AWAY

    DEAR ABBY: I have been married for more than 10 years and have two children. My wife has a hard time making decisions, which has resulted in some issues such as hoarding, never having gotten a living room set, not replacing old carpets (which is causing potential health issues), not buying a new…

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  • MAN ON THE VERGE OF DIVORCE CAN'T SEEM TO SEAL THE DEAL

    DEAR ABBY: I am three years into a relationship with Harold, a man who is separated but not divorced. We both have grown children. Harold was separated when we got involved. He has since moved in with me and is an active bill-paying member of the home.I was also separated from a brief marriage when…

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  • LONELY SOLDIER MUST REACH OUT TO OTHERS FOR COMFORT

    DEAR ABBY: I am a soldier in Afghanistan who is single with few friends, if you would even call them that. We work 24/7. No days off, no breaks. It's not an easy life. You would not believe how nice it is to receive a message from family or friends.Don't get me wrong, I have a loving family who…

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  • COMMERCIALIZATION PUTS SANTA ATOP WOMAN'S NAUGHTY LIST

    DEAR ABBY: I have decided that when I have kids I don't want to do the whole "Santa" thing. I'd rather tell them about the real St. Nicholas and what it means to give rather than to receive. Even though I'm not religious, I'll tell them about the birth of Jesus (even though he wasn't born in…

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  • DEPRESSION COULD BE DRIVING TEENAGE GIRL TO CUT HERSELF

    DEAR ABBY: I'm a 15-year-old girl. For the past year I have been self-injuring. I take a sharp object and scrape the skin off until it bleeds. My mom saw the scars on my arm. I have 15 other ones, but she doesn't know about them. I have to keep lying to her and it hurts. I want to stop, but I…

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  • DAUGHTER REFUSES TO OPEN DOOR TO MOM'S NEW BEAU

    DEAR ABBY: I have been divorced for more than a year and recently started dating a very nice man, "John." My eldest daughter and her children live with me. I'd like to be able to invite John over to our house, but my daughter doesn't want "strange men" around her kids, which I understand. I tried…

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  • OPEN ADOPTION COULD HELP GRANDMOTHER STAY IN TOUCH

    DEAR ABBY: I am writing this in response to "Un-Grandparent in Ohio" (Aug. 25), whose pregnant teenage daughter has decided to place her baby for adoption. My daughter and son-in-law adopted their newborn daughter in an open adoption. Each summer the adoption agency sponsors a picnic that is…

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  • INTERNET OBSESSION THREATENS TO CONSUME WIDOWER'S LIFE

    DEAR ABBY: I am a 58-year-old recent widower. My wife and I were very happy for 29 years, and that included a satisfying sex life. Although I am not ready to date yet, I continue to have a strong sex drive. I'm finding the Internet is a good alternative to "hooking up" at this time. However -- and…

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  • VIGILANT MOTHER IS DEVASTATED BY NEWS OF SON'S MOLESTATION

    DEAR ABBY: I'm so upset. I just found out my son was molested by one of his older cousins. "Ryan" didn't want me to know because he was afraid of how I would react. Ryan is 19 and a very private person. I want to confront the person who did this to him and press charges.What's upsetting is I tried…

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  • MARRIAGE IDEA LOSES ITS LUSTER AFTER PLANS WERE PUT ON HOLD

    DEAR ABBY: Recently, our state became one that allows same-sex couples to wed. My partner, "Alex," and I have been together for 18 years. We had planned to be married last spring, but a death in the family put our wedding on hold.When I found out about the ruling, I expected Alex to be excited and…

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  • WIFE IS IN A PICKLE PACKING LUNCHES FOR CHOOSY HUSBAND

    DEAR ABBY: My husband works, but I do not. I stay very busy, but he expects me to pack him a lunch every day. It must include a breakfast item and a lunch item, as he is starving by the time he arrives at work, even if he ate at home. My problem is, he has a huge list of "do not pack" preferences…

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  • FATHER AND SON STAY IN TOUCH WITH CELLPHONE TRACKING APP

    DEAR ABBY: I have a 17-year-old son. He spends half his time with me and the other half with his mom. My question is about his cellphone. I can use an app on my phone to see the location of his phone. A friend of mine tells me I shouldn't stalk him or spy on him this way. She says it shows I don't…

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  • MOM RECRUITS FAMILY TO MAKE HOLIDAY HAPPY FOR A CO-WORKER

    DEAR ABBY: I work with a wonderful, good-hearted young woman who holds a low-paying job. She's raising three children alone, and I know she struggles to provide the necessities. I have learned that the holidays at their home are pretty meager.My husband and I have been discussing the many frivolous…

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  • COMMUNITY THEATER PROVIDES STAGE FOR COUPLE'S LOVE STORY

    DEAR ABBY: You sometimes print letters from people who are looking to meet decent, honorable and interesting other people. While you have recommended volunteering, joining health clubs, going to church -- and staying out of bars -- something I have yet to see mentioned is a community-based arts…

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  • WIFE'S BIRTHDAY GAG GIFT TURNS OUT TO BE A TURN-ON

    DEAR ABBY: A few months ago, I turned 50 and my co-workers held a small celebration. When we celebrate birthdays, we all have agreed to regift an item (usually a gag gift).One of my presents was a black leather miniskirt and matching vest. I never planned on wearing it, but my husband, "Tom," and I…

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  • TEEN HESITATES TO CONFRONT MOM OVER PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE

    DEAR ABBY: What are the signs of prescription drug abuse? How would you suggest a young person like me (I am 13) confront a close family member about something like this, especially since I'm not sure?I found an antidepressant prescribed for my mother. As long as I can remember, she has been a…

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  • WIFE OF DEAF HUSBAND SEEKS TO COPE IN NEW SURROUNDINGS

    DEAR ABBY: My husband, "Norm," has become profoundly deaf. He has a cochlear implant in one ear and a hearing aid in the other; neither has helped much. He has extreme difficulty with speech recognition. We can talk together in the quiet of our home as long as I sit right next to him and speak…

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  • GOOD INTENTIONS CAUSE OFFENSE AFTER SENIOR DISCOUNT IS OFFERED

    DEAR ABBY: I was at the hairdresser yesterday, and when I went to the register to pay, the receptionist asked me if I was over 65 "so I could get the senior discount." Abby, I am only 55! I found her question insulting, and several of my friends have had this same experience. I appreciate the young…

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