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The value of listening

Before I met my wife, I wanted to learn foreign languages in order to, well, meet foreign women.

Rick's List — History of Spring Break, Part One Edition

I'm always amazed by any scholar who has the confidence and skill to write a history book. A history of anything, really, although presumably the tome should have some gravitas. While I'm sure the "The History of Laminate Shelving in Functional...

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Questions about scratchy voice irritate journalist

DEAR ABBY: Several years ago, I was diagnosed with a rare illness called Wegener's granulomatosis. Because of the way this illness has affected me, I have a hoarse, raspy voice and probably will the rest of my life. The...

Going to prom alone leaves teen odd girl alone at table

DEAR ABBY: I'm a high school junior, and my school's prom is coming up. I don't have a date. I completely understand that I don't need a date for prom to have fun. However, within my group of friends, we are organizing who will...

Dad ignores lice infestation found in daughter's hair

DEAR ABBY: I take care of two girls. I have never asked for money from their dad. Because they are poor, I go to great lengths to make sure they get the same advantages as everyone else. I took the girls to the hair salon...

Friend sees too much risk in monitoring home remodel

DEAR ABBY: For several years, my husband and I were good friends with "Pam" and "David." About a year ago, we moved to a new house just a few blocks from theirs. They decided they liked some of the features of our new home and immediately started...

Alcoholic is a monster at night with no memory in the morning

DEAR ABBY: I have been married to my husband for four years, and before that, I knew him for about a year. At the time, he was very loving and considerate, but right after we got married, his true nature emerged. He drinks...

Online relationship stalls over meeting in person

DEAR ABBY: I met a really great guy online eight months ago. He lives in another country and we have been in a long-distance relationship for the last six months. We talk all the time, video chat frequently and have grown very...

Second pregnancy is too much for family asked for support

DEAR ABBY: My niece (age 25), despite numerous warnings against getting pregnant, deliberately did three years ago. This was a result of an affair with a man who is in a live-in relationship with another woman. My niece...