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Mother right: send thank you cards

Dear Abby: I just turned 14 and had a small party with relatives to celebrate it. A few days later, my mom bought me thank you cards and said I should send them out. I told the people “thank you” for the gifts in person. …

Georgia Nicols horoscopes for Sept. 13

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◆ARIES (March 21-April 19): Someone might surprise you with impulsive behavior. Or possibly, you will meet someone who is unusual and different. Relations with partners and close friends will be unpredictable — but they won’t be boring! Stay light on your feet. ◆TAURUS (April 20-May …

Gay man’s parents still are in denial

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Dear Abby: I’m a gay male college student who is out and comfortable with who I am — 99 percent of the time. When I was in high school, I tried to come out to my parents and it didn’t go smoothly. They had an …

When a friend is no fan of your spouse

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DR. WALLACE: I’m 19 and have been married to my husband, who is 33, for seven months.

We attend the same church, and he was also our Christian youth director.

I came from a troubled home. My father was physically abusive to my mother and …

Men, let the gloves come off

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DEAR MISS MANNERS: Do ladies remove gloves before shaking hands? What about gentlemen?

GENTLE READER: Why does this question strike fear in Miss Manners’ brave heart?

She knows the answer to your question, of course, and if you will be patient for a moment, she …

Lover looks for way to reignite passion

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Dear Abby: I’m in desperate need of help. I have been with my girlfriend for four years. With every long-term relationship, there are bound to be issues. I haven’t felt loved by her in a long time, and I think I have fallen out of …

Georgia Nicols horoscopes for Sept. 12

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◆ARIES (March 21-April 19): A lovely day! Look for ways to improve your income or job, because you can create a strong impression on bosses and authority figures. At the least, you might make your workplace more attractive or more comfortable. Seek out pleasure today! …

Health briefs for Sept. 10

Chili cook-off honors first responders

Avalon Springs Health Campus in Valparaiso is honoring first responders on Patriot Day with its inaugural Freedom Chili Cook-Off starting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the campus, 2400 Silhavy Road.

The public and first responders from throughout northwest Indiana are …

She’s sad daughter giving up her baby

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Dear Abby: My teenage daughter will be giving birth soon, and she has decided to place her baby for adoption. I have told her that whatever she decides, I will support her decision. Here is the difficult part: This will still be my biological grandchild. …

Teens influence family spending

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DR. WALLACE: I’m wondering why many companies direct their advertising toward teens. Why do you think they do this since teens do not usually have a whole lot of cash to buy things? I know that I don’t, even though I get a small allowance. …

Precedence for aging no reason to take offense

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DEAR MISS MANNERS: On public transit, the law requires giving up one’s seat to the elderly and disabled. But there can be fuzzy areas to those categories sometimes, so I wonder if rules of etiquette can provide any guidelines.

I am a 60-year-old man with …

Health briefs for Sept. 3

Porter County Health Walk set

Two walks that raise funds for heart disease and stroke research are set for this month in Northwest Indiana, according to the American Heart Association.

The Lake County Heart Walk is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 13 at the Lake …

Take a quick stance vs. bullying

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DR. WALLACE: I had a really bad year at school last year because two boys called me names and hit me every day.

They made me give them my lunch money every day and threatened to beat me up every day after school if I …

Bad behavior merits silent treatment

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DEAR MISS MANNERS: I’m in a sticky situation at my college.

During my freshman and sophomore years, I was bullied by a group of five men. They made fun of me to my face, and they spread mean exaggerations and untrue rumors about me inside …

Health briefs for Aug. 27

Inspired Living, Giving Day

As a kickoff to this year’s Northwest Indiana Heart Walks, the American Heart Association is designating Thursday as the “Day of Inspired Living. Inspired Giving,” a communitywide and companywide event in Lake and Porter counties that encourages residents to think about …

Georgia Nicols horoscopes for Aug. 25

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◆ARIES (March 21-April 19): This is a poor day to ask people for money, or to repay a loan, or get money from a bank or the government because you will meet with obstacles. Just take a step back and wait a day or two. …