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Dear Abby: Everyone is suspicious of my older boyfriend
Dear Abby: Everyone is suspicious of my older boyfriend

Dear Abby: I’m 17 and dating this older guy. Everyone is afraid that one day I’ll just disappear, but he isn’t like that. I know him from when I was younger, and my dad and his dad were really close. People just don’t trust...

Dear Abby: Everyone is suspicious of my older boyfriend
Dear Abby: Everyone is suspicious of my older boyfriend

Dear Abby: I’m 17 and dating this older guy. Everyone is afraid that one day I’ll just disappear, but he isn’t like that. I know him from when I was younger, and my dad and his dad were really close. People just don’t trust ...

Dear Abby: How can I cure my crippling fear of dying?
Dear Abby: How can I cure my crippling fear of dying?

Dear Abby: I’m a hypochondriac. I am currently waiting on the biopsy results for a mole I had removed. Right now I’m worried and miserable. I feel guilty for what I’m putting my husband through. I want to get therapy, but doing...

Dear Abby: My sister wavers on whether to attend my same-sex wedding
Dear Abby: My sister wavers on whether to attend my same-sex wedding

Dear Abby: I am very excited to be proposing soon to the man I want to spend my life with. My family is excited for me — with one exception. My younger sister, whom I want to be my best woman, says she doesn’t know if she will be able to ...

From the Kitchen: Versatile recipes from boxed cornbread stuffing
From the Kitchen: Versatile recipes from boxed cornbread stuffing

I’ve spoken here before of recipes discovered on a box, can, or package. This time I want to direct you to a box of Stove Top Cornbread Stuffing Mix for a good and simple recipe for crab cakes.

Dear Abby: Can I trust girlfriend who does business with former flame?
Dear Abby: Can I trust girlfriend who does business with former flame?

Dear Abby: I’m a divorced man dating a divorcee, “Sylvie,” who is eight years younger. I recently learned she had an affair before we met, and it is affecting the way I see her.

Dear Abby: Should I visit online crush or pay for him to come to me?
Dear Abby: Should I visit online crush or pay for him to come to me?

Dear Abby: For the last five months I have been talking to a guy I met via a dating app. We live a few states apart and have yet to meet in person, but we communicate regularly.

Innerviews: Therapist enjoying dual identity as romance writer
Innerviews: Therapist enjoying dual identity as romance writer

She leads a double life.

By day, Lynn Eldridge works as a mental health therapist and director of clinical services at Process Strategies. At night, she writes historical romance novels set in the Old West.

Dear Abby: My in-law blames my wife, daughter for assaults in her home
Dear Abby: My in-law blames my wife, daughter for assaults in her home

Dear Abby: Thirty-five years ago, my wife was raped in her mother’s home when she was a teenager. Eight years ago, my daughter was also raped at the age of 11 in the same home. My mother-in-law blames them both for having been raped. She told...

Counter Intelligence: Friends, fun and a ramp paradise
Counter Intelligence: Friends, fun and a ramp paradise
Ramp appetizers, ramp butter, ramp chips, ramp dip. Stir-fried, sautéed, frittered, souffléd. There is no end to the possibilities, no limit to the number of the creations you can whip up with the seasonal delicacy. It all starts with an invitation to dig, responsibly. Dig some ramps, then dig in.
Mind Your Manners: Responding to RSVP is a requirement, not an option
Mind Your Manners: Responding to RSVP is a requirement, not an option

I’ve written about this before, and sadly, I doubt it will be the last time. How hard can it be to RSVP to an invitation? Especially if that invitation includes a preprinted RSVP card enclosed in a stamped, return envelope, or involves a simple ...

Dear Abby: My in-laws demand every minute of husband's free time
Dear Abby: My in-laws demand every minute of husband's free time

Dear Abby: My husband, “Ed,” and I are in our 40s. We both work, and Ed often puts in more than 60 hours a week. My in-laws, in their 60s, are both in good health, retired and well-off financially. They expect weekly gatherings unless THEY ...

Garden Guru: Exercise organic control to protect against pests
Garden Guru: Exercise organic control to protect against pests

More and more often, I get calls from gardeners wanting to solve some emergency garden pest crisis as soon as possible and “chemical free.”

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