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  • MELODRAMATIC SERIAL SHOULD BE CANCELED, NOT RENEWED

    DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend of 10 years, "Scott," and I separated last year. I was pregnant and hormonal at the time, and told him we would never get back together. We went a month without contact, then reconnected.While Scott was in the process of working things out with me, he had a girlfriend. He…

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  • PARENTS WITH STRONG BELIEFS WON'T VISIT COHABITATING COUPLE

    DEAR ABBY: Our amazing daughters are in their late 20s. Both of them are independent, intelligent and loving. The four of us have a special bond. My wife and I have always been supportive in all aspects of our daughters' lives, and that will never change.They have been dating great guys over the…

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  • WOMAN'S PRINCE CHARMING HAS ABANDONED THE MAGIC WORDS

    DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I both have professional careers and are independent. We have been in a committed relationship for eight years now. When we first met, I wasn't looking to be in a relationship. He pulled all the stops to get me to date him. He was attentive, complimentary, dinner dates,…

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  • 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…

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  • BOSS'S UNWELCOME ADVANCES MAKE FIRST JOB UNCOMFORTABLE

    DEAR ABBY: I'm 16 and just got my first job working in food services. I have been working here for about two months, and have grown close with my co-worker "Samantha" and my boss. Samantha quit suddenly a few days ago. Today she told me our boss had told her he had strong feelings for her. He's…

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  • SPEEDY DIAGNOSIS IS ESSENTIAL FOR TREATMENT OF LYME DISEASE

    DEAR ABBY: May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. I'm a longtime Canadian reader who has suffered from it for many years. More than 300,000 people are infected by this tick-borne illness every year, yet people know little about it. If someone doesn't recognize the symptoms and seek treatment…

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  • LIFE OF CONTENTMENT DOESN'T SEEM NORMAL BY COMPARISON

    DEAR ABBY: I'm 45, employed and earning plenty of money. I'm in a great relationship, my kids and grandkids are healthy and happy, and my parents are alive and well. I enjoy the small things in life, fishing, reading, the beach, mini vacations, bowling, etc. I raise funds to feed the homeless.So…

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  • MOM WITH SECRET ADDICTION IS PLAYING DANGEROUS GAME

    DEAR ABBY: I'm a 17-year-old girl and I caught my mom sniffing nail polish remover. She obviously doesn't want me to know because she tries to hide it. I don't know what to do. I don't know why she would want to do this. It's something people my age would do. I know better than to do that. Should I…

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  • DESPONDENT HUSBAND WANTS TO BREAK CYCLE OF CHEATING

    DEAR ABBY: I have been married twice. My first marriage lasted 20 years, the second one about four years. During my first marriage, I started cheating seven months after our wedding. My wife knew about some of the affairs and stuck with me anyway. I finally felt so guilty for hurting her…

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  • BROTHER WITH REPEAT OFFENSES DOESN'T MERIT SISTER'S SUPPORT

    DEAR ABBY: My brother is older than I am and has been in and out of prison. He has stolen my things and pawned them.I am married, and my husband and I are expecting our first child. We live in a time zone several hours behind the one my family is in. I am now receiving phone calls at 4 o'clock in…

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  • NONSTOP TALKERS TAKE A TOLL ON THOSE STUCK LISTENING

    DEAR ABBY: I have noticed that some people in my age group (60s) are becoming compulsive talkers. These people don't ask questions of those around them. When someone begins to speak, the compulsive talker interrupts, usually in a louder voice and returns to dominating the conversation. Some of them…

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  • TRAUMA IN TEEN'S PAST IS A SECRET SHE SHOULD KEEP

    DEAR ABBY: I'm a 16-year-old girl, just starting to dip my toes into the dating scene. It's not that I haven't wanted a boyfriend in the past, but I live in a rural area where options are few. I am becoming close with a guy who lives near me, and I care a lot about him. Therein lies the problem.…

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  • TIMING IS RIGHT FOR PLASTIC SURGERY, BUT PARENTS OBJECT

    DEAR ABBY: I am 23 years old, working full-time as a teacher and I'm about to move out of my parents' house. I have decided to have breast augmentation surgery, and I know the best time to do it would be this summer so I'll have time to recover before school starts. The problem is my parents are…

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  • RESENTMENT IS THE THANKS MOM GETS FOR HELPING SON'S FAMILY

    DEAR ABBY: My son, "Rick," and daughter-in-law, "Amy," seem to really dislike me. I try to be kind and not pry, but they live with me and it can make for a full house. They have had job difficulties and work injuries that brought them back to my home. Her parents don't care for my son, so living…

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  • GIRL WHO LOST HER VIRGINITY MUST LEARN TO PROTECT HERSELF

    DEAR ABBY: I'm a 17-year-old girl. Last weekend I lost my virginity in the back seat of a stranger's car. I feel guilty about it and I haven't told anyone. I'm not sure if he has.I need some advice on whether I should be making a big deal out of it, or just ignore it and move on. -- ANXIOUS IN…

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  • READERS HAVE STRONG VIEWS ON CLAIMING SEATS IN CHURCH

    DEAR ABBY: May I comment on your response to "Got Here First in Pennsylvania" (Jan. 7), who asked whether someone sitting at the end of a church pew should move if someone comes and says it's his or her "favorite seat"?There are many reasons why people remain sitting at the end of a pew: an allergy…

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  • WOMAN'S EXPLOSIVE BOYFRIEND MUST LEARN TO CONTROL HIS FUSE

    DEAR ABBY: I have known "Dean" for 10 years. We have been living together for two. Since the beginning, he has struggled with depression, anxiety and anger issues. Occasionally he has explosive episodes where he'll throw things and punch or kick inanimate objects. Recently things escalated. He was…

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  • FRIEND REGRETS OFFER TO ROOM WITH WOMAN GETTING DIVORCE

    DEAR ABBY: My best friend is going through a divorce and has moved back in with her parents, who are driving her crazy. She doesn't have enough money to live on her own, so I offered to have her move in with me.The more I think about it, the more I regret having said it. I enjoy living by myself.…

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  • EXCITEMENT OVER PREGNANCY IS DULLED BY HUSBAND'S RESTRAINT

    DEAR ABBY: I have just found out I'm 10 weeks pregnant. Both sets of parents are overjoyed -- it's their first grandchild -- and I'm happy because this was the plan all along. My husband wants kids, and this is our first baby.My husband isn't the kind to wear his heart on his sleeve. I have tried…

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  • FRIEND'S FOOD CRITICISM IS HARD FOR COUPLE TO SWALLOW

    DEAR ABBY: My wife and I have a friend, "Jonah," whom we love dearly, but he has no filter. He's college-educated, has a white-collar job and is over 50. The problem is, anytime we invite him for dinner or take food items to his house, he makes horrible remarks about my wife's cooking, particularly…

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