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Husband’s money management has put marriage in the red

 July 13, 2014; Updated: 5:25 pm

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married for 19 years. We have had our ups and downs, but the last few months have been hell. My husband lies about having paid bills. When I ask, "Have you paid the rent?" I mean "IN FULL," not...

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Young teen is mocked for not wanting to date

 July 12, 2014; Updated: 4:33 pm

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 14-year-old girl in middle school. I have never seriously dated anyone, and the one time I did I felt trapped. My friends think it's weird that I have never dated a guy and they call me a lesbian. I just want to...

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Child still resents parents who skipped graduation

 July 11, 2014; Updated: 6:17 pm

DEAR ABBY: When I was a child, my parents skipped my elementary school graduation. For that matter, everyone did. My grandfather had just died, so Mom was mourning his loss. Fast-forward a few years - nobody attended my junior high...

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Woman thinks bride-to-be’s friendship isn’t worth the cost

 July 10, 2014; Updated: 4:59 pm

DEAR ABBY: My best friend is getting married and asked me to be her maid of honor. She has also asked me to buy an expensive dress, host a lavish shower I'm afraid I can't afford and plan a destination bachelorette party. The cost will be...

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Young couple’s use of birth control is long past overdue

 July 9, 2014; Updated: 5:25 pm

DEAR ABBY: My 19-year-old son has been dating the daughter of one of my friends I'll call "Mona." We didn't set them up; they met at some parties. Last summer we discovered they were having sex because "Meghan" thought she was...

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Scrapbooks full of memories will be cherished by friends

 July 8, 2014; Updated: 4:20 pm

DEAR ABBY: May I comment about the question from "Unsure in the West" (April 6), who wanted to create scrapbooks out of all the cards and letters she received over the years? My generation (30s) is all about social media. "Unsure"...

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Eligible seniors can sign up for free medical eye exam

 July 7, 2014; Updated: 4:59 pm

DEAR ABBY: I am an ophthalmologist, and all too often I see patients who have already lost some of their vision because they waited too long to schedule an appointment for an eye exam. Many times the reason was limited insurance or...

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Birthday girl boldly asks guest to bring a second gift

 July 6, 2014; Updated: 11:29 pm

DEAR ABBY: I am planning to attend a birthday party for my friend "Sophia" who is turning 50. When I mentioned to her that I would be shopping for her birthday gift, she asked that while I was shopping for her, that I also pick up a gift...

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Friend has hard time finding a few kind words for bad book

 July 5, 2014; Updated: 3:02 pm

DEAR ABBY: My friend's husband has been writing a novel for several years. He just self-published it, and it's available on Amazon. He gave me a copy, asked me to read it and enter a great review on the Amazon page. The problem is the book...

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Family’s anger over woman’s past mistakes still lingers

 July 4, 2014; Updated: 2:36 pm

DEAR ABBY: Two years ago I was involved in an unhealthy relationship for me and my children. Despite what everyone said, I gave him the benefit of the doubt. He ended up assaulting me and my kids.

For two months I struggled with...

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Husband’s ‘harmless escapade’ has broken his wife’s heart

 July 2, 2014; Updated: 3:54 pm

DEAR ABBY: I just found out that my husband of 30 years is having an affair. When I confronted him, he said: "I have a girlfriend. I can't imagine the rest of my life without girlfriends, so get over it!" Then he told me he has never been...

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Woman who doesn’t drink is weary of friends who do

 July 1, 2014; Updated: 4:48 pm

DEAR ABBY: My girlfriends are always trying to get me drunk. I don't need alcohol to have a good time, and in fact, I rarely drink. They say I'm "no fun," which is probably true. But that's just who I am.

Although they never drink...

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