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  • FATHER OF FOUR IS SELFISH TO PUT HIS HEALTH AT RISK

    DEAR ABBY: I am a 34-year-old wife and mother of four. I'm concerned about my husband. He is 44 and drinks at home every evening after work. I don't mind him having a few cans of beer, but he drinks between six and 12 a day. He refuses to see a doctor for checkups or when he is sick. I am worried…

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  • CELLPHONE SNOOP DISCOVERS HER BOYFRIEND IS CHEATING

    DEAR ABBY: I have been in a long-distance relationship with "Victor" for several years. Recently I began to suspect he was cheating. What raised my suspicion was that I suddenly couldn't reach him on the weekends. Usually we would Skype -- Sunday night for me, Monday morning for him. Last February…

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  • SIGNS OF AN ABUSER APPLY TO WOMEN AS WELL AS MEN

    DEAR ABBY: I read your Jan. 8 column about the warning signs of an abuser. Would you use your influence to say that men are also victims of abuse? My son was in a three-year relationship with a woman who scored 15 out of 15 on your list. We knew it was a toxic relationship, but he couldn't see…

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  • COMMUNICATION ONLINE LACKS PERSONAL TOUCH FOR SOME USERS

    DEAR ABBY: I recently exchanged pleasantries via email and text messaging with a lady I met on a website. One day later, I received a message from her stating she'd prefer our method of communication be kept to email and texting because she wasn't much of a phone talker. Over the past few months, I…

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  • BOYFRIEND HEADING WEST MAY CAUSE GIRLFRIEND TO MOVE ON

    DEAR ABBY: I'm in a tricky situation. My boyfriend of four years, "Ian," and I took a break from our relationship for two months because he was scared he'd miss out on the single life. We started hanging out again soon after, and everything fell into place. We were talking recently, and he…

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  • JOY OF HAVING A SERVICE DOG IS DIMINISHED BY PUBLIC ATTENTION

    DEAR ABBY: I use a service dog, and I'm constantly barraged with requests to pet him. Other people who use service dogs warned me this would happen. Although the ADA does not require him to wear a vest, I bought one for him that reads, "Do Not Pet," which he wears in public. They ask me anyway!…

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  • STATE OF MODERN MARRIAGE MIRRORS DISPOSABLE SOCIETY

    DEAR ABBY: My wife and I were discussing our sons-in-law, and young men in their 20s and 30s in general. We were wondering where the attitude of "any money I earn is mine" in a marriage or live-in situation got started. For the first few years of my daughter and her husband "Joe's" marriage, Joe…

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  • MAN IS PATIENT AS INDEPENDENT WOMAN STRUGGLES WITH INTIMACY

    DEAR ABBY: I'm a 27-year-old woman who has never had a boyfriend or been kissed. I was never interested in romance or having a significant other. I felt strong being independent and taking care of myself. Now that I have a degree, a career and a house, I feel ready to try to let a man into my life.…

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  • WOMAN WITH TRANSGENDER LOVER IS LOOKING FOR FAMILY SUPPORT

    DEAR ABBY: I'm a divorced woman with grown children. I have always supported gay rights and thought of myself as straight. But a few months ago, I met a woman, "Stephanie."We hit it off immediately, and I was shocked to learn she's a transgender woman who was born male. We have spent a lot of time…

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  • DAUGHTER HAS NO OBLIGATION TO EXPLAIN MOTHER'S SUICIDE

    DEAR ABBY: My mother committed suicide when I was a child. She was severely depressed, and although she sought professional help, the worst happened. When conversing with acquaintances, the subject often turns to family, and I will say that my mother "passed away" when I was young. Most of the time…

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  • MOTHER WHO LOST BABY WANTS TO FIND RIGHT WORDS FOR GRIEF

    DEAR ABBY: My 1-year-old baby recently passed away. I have two other children, one with special needs. I find it irritating and not at all comforting when people tell me that "at least I have other children and that I should concentrate on them."How can I politely tell them that I have never…

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  • WIFE IS HURT OVER BEING IGNORED BY HUSBAND'S DAD

    DEAR ABBY: I have been married to my wonderful husband for 10 years. My father-in-law, "John," has always been a man of extremely few words with me. He mostly just ignores me when I'm around. I have mentioned it to my husband and mother-in-law over the years, and they say he's just "weird."Last…

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  • TEEN SHARES IN FRIEND'S GRIEF WITHOUT SHEDDING ANY TEARS

    DEAR ABBY: I'm 15. Yesterday, they told our class that one of my friend's parents had died suddenly. Every single person in our grade cried, except for me. I felt bad about not crying for my friend's loss, but I just didn't. Another friend told me that last night people were texting, and it had…

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  • Romantic Night Out Comes At A Cost For Relationship

    DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I have been together for two years. We recently spent a romantic night at a hotel, complete with dinner, drinks -- the whole shebang -- that he organized. I know he was a little stressed about money because he mentioned it. He asked if I could shell out some money, which…

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  • Readers Weigh In On Pros And Cons Of Only Childhood

    DEAR ABBY: "Maybe Only One in Georgia" (Jan. 7), who asked whether she should have a second child, needs to understand there are no guarantees. Her 5-year-old could end up hating her younger sibling, or adoring her. Parents create a child because they want to share their union with a new life. Each…

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  • Woman In Relationship Can't Resist Flirting With Other Men

    DEAR ABBY: I have been with my current boyfriend for a year and a half and I love him dearly. However, I often find myself drawn to other guys who I know are nothing but trouble. It never goes further than simple flirting, but I still feel guilty for doing it when I'm in a relationship. How do I…

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  • Readers Full Of Foolishness Help To Celebrate The Season

    DEAR READERS: It's April Fools' Day, the one day I can share some of the more unique letters that come my way -- clearly, more than a few of which were written in an attempt to have some fun with me. Enjoy! DEAR ABBY: Many times when I would wake up in the morning, I'd find toothpaste already on my…

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  • Husband's Depression Won't Be Cured By Acting Out Online

    DEAR ABBY: I have been married for seven years and have two children. My husband has what I can only describe as an Internet addiction. He's literally online from the time I go to bed until I wake up to take our kids to school. I checked and discovered many profiles he has made up on different…

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  • Guidelines Make Visits Fun For Stressed-Out New Parents

    DEAR ABBY: We're proud parents of a new baby girl. She's adorable, and we feel lucky and blessed. Although having a new baby is an exciting, magical time, it is also very stressful. Sleep deprivation, difficulty with breast-feeding, plus endless visits and phone calls can wear any new parent thin.…

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  • Dating And Peer Pressure Collide With Teen's Morals

    DEAR ABBY: I'm 13, and my classmates are just beginning to "date." Sometimes what this means is, "Hey, do you want to go to my house, get drunk and have sex?" There's already a pregnant girl in our school. She's 12. I'm trying not to get involved in any of this, but I'm constantly being teased for…

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