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  • SEARCH FOR HUSBAND STUMBLES OVER SCARS ON WOMAN'S LEGS

    DEAR ABBY: I am a 21-year-old woman from the Philippines. I have been insecure all my life. I know I have a pretty face, but I have a lot of scars on my legs from childhood. Because of this I am depressed, unhappy and insecure. I never wear shorts, skirts or dresses that show my legs. Do you think…

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  • WRONG NUMBER LEADS WOMAN TO THINK SHE'S MET MR. RIGHT

    DEAR ABBY: I met a guy over the phone when he called my number by mistake. After a brief conversation, not particularly polite on my part, the call ended. Forty-five minutes later he called me back, saying he couldn't stop thinking about me. I thought, "Who is this goofball?"Over time, my phone has…

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  • VERBAL ABUSE AT DAY CARE CRIES OUT FOR INTERVENTION

    DEAR ABBY: I would like to weigh in on your response to "Day Care Drama in Indiana" (Sept. 1), whose neighbor screams at the children in her day care. I worked for 25 years investigating serious complaints, many involving verbal abuse, against day care providers for my state's licensing agency. It…

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  • HALLOWEEN COWGIRL CAN LEAVE HER PISTOL AT HOME

    DEAR ABBY: Halloween is around the corner, and my 7-year-old daughter has decided to be a cowgirl. She wants the boots, the hat and the gun. Is it appropriate to let her have a holster and an obviously toy gun to accessorize her costume for trick-or-treating? She would not be taking that part of…

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  • CHEAP CANDY MIGHT WORK MAGIC ON HALLOWEEN GOBLINS

    DEAR ABBY: I am a retired widow, crippled with rheumatoid arthritis. Every October, I start dreading Halloween, which I consider to be a legal form of extortion. Living on Social Security, I really don't want to waste money for candy. Also, it is difficult for me to get up and down every five…

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  • WOMAN OBJECTS TO ACCUSATION THAT SHE'S A 'STATUS DIGGER'

    DEAR ABBY: I have been seeing "Tony" for a few weeks. He is kind, caring and will make a great boyfriend, husband and father someday. My problem with him is he thinks I'm a "status digger." (It's similar to a gold digger, but he means I care only about someone's standing in the community.) His…

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  • LIVING TOGETHER MAY END LONG-DISTANCE ENGAGEMENT

    DEAR ABBY: My fiance, "Derrick," and I have been engaged for almost a year. The whole time we've been together he has been overseas. While he has many of the characteristics I look for in a man, he isn't as down-to-earth as I'd like him to be. He's now back in the U.S. for good, and we are living…

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  • WOMAN'S FIRST MARRIAGE IS OVER, BUT THOUGHTS OF HER EX LINGER

    DEAR ABBY: I have a serious problem that's consuming my life. I know people say you never really get over your first love, but I don't know why after six years I still think about my ex on a daily basis. Abby, I am happily married. My husband is the perfect man for me -- understanding, sweet and…

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  • WOMAN WHO ABUSES BOYFRIEND CAN'T FIGURE OUT HOW TO STOP

    DEAR ABBY: I think I have an abuse problem. I have been with my boyfriend for a year, and already I feel like he is fed up with me. I don't want to lose him. When I was younger, my father used to abuse me. It was years ago, but I feel like I might have gotten that trait from him. In addition, I…

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  • TRANSGENDER EX-HUSBAND IS EMBARRASSMENT TO HIS SONS

    DEAR ABBY: After 10 years of marriage, my now ex-husband told me he is transgender. He isn't taking hormones, but he makes no attempt to hide his feminine dressing, makeup and wigs from our 6- and 9-year-old sons. They understand little of their dad's new life, other than that their dad likes "girl…

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  • MAN TAKES CANCELED LUNCH DATE AS PERSONAL REJECTION

    DEAR ABBY: My lunch date for today canceled on me. Generally, when a girl does this, I delete her number and move on. But in this instance, it wasn't a first or second date. We have been seeing each other for about a month and have built up some degree of intimacy. Moreover, I know she's not lying…

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  • PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY IS BEST WEAPON IN WAR ON ADDICTION

    DEAR ABBY: I had my last cigarette and drink of alcohol 50 years ago. Back then, excessive drinking, smoking, overeating or nail-biting were signs of weak will, sinfulness, bad upbringing and who knows what else. Fortunately, over the years the pendulum swung, making it possible for literally…

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  • OVERLOOKED MIDDLE CHILD'S CRIES FOR HELP GO UNHEEDED

    DEAR ABBY: I'm a teenage girl who is frustrated with my family. I am the middle child, and it seems like my parents prefer my brother and sister over me. I am constantly in trouble for things they have done, and my parents are aware that they did. When I try to express my feelings, nobody will…

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  • MORE THAN THE STARS SHINE BRIGHTLY IN THE STATE OF TEXAS

    DEAR ABBY: I am an adult heterosexual male who has discovered that I like wearing nail polish. I feel it should not be a matter of gender, but of taste and fashion. I wore a reasonably bold color in public for the first time a week before last. It was a light, metallic blue that changes to green in…

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  • DAD WHO TOOK ON FATHERHOOD FINDS HIS TITLE TAKEN AWAY

    DEAR ABBY: About two years ago, a close female friend, "Carla," had her first child. The biological father is from another country. When she told him she was pregnant, he refused to have anything to do with the child, so I decided to take over the role as a father. I have been with Carla and my son…

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  • WOMAN WHO SUSPECTS ABUSE SHOULD RESIST ACCUSATIONS

    DEAR ABBY: When I was 10, I faked an injury so I could quit playing soccer. I couldn't articulate why the coach, who was clean-cut, friendly and fair, made me uneasy. After he died a few years ago, it came out that he had molested dozens of girls. Over the subsequent 20 years, those same instincts…

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  • MOM GETS GREAT PLEASURE FROM A WELL-MADE BED

    DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have four great kids. They are well-behaved, respectful and full of fun. Hubby and I are having a disagreement concerning them, however. I am an admitted "bed snob." I make every bed in the house every day, just the way I want them done. It makes me crazy when my husband…

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  • OFFICE TRAINER SEEKS RIGHT WAY TO DRESS-DOWN CODE VIOLATORS

    DEAR ABBY: I am a male in the training department at my office. A lot of times, because the people I train are new hires, there are dress code violations from people who appear to be testing the limits. Most of the violations involve women who wear clothing that's too revealing, in spite of the…

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  • ANCIENT PRACTICE OF CREMATION UNDERGOES A MODERN REVIVAL

    DEAR ABBY: I recently had an interesting conversation with a friend after a funeral. It was about cremation versus burial, and I'd be interested in your thoughts and those of your readers. We noted that cremation has become more common, and guessed that one of the main reasons might be funeral and…

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  • COLLEGE FRESHMAN ENCOURAGES GIRLS TO EMBRACE INDEPENDENCE

    DEAR ABBY: I read your column often and find it deeply troubling when girls write you lamenting that they are "still single." I'm 18, in my freshman year of college and I have never dated. I'm perfectly OK with this. I'm not writing to bash girls who are in high school relationships, but rather to…

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