Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ She fears rejection over scars on legs ]]> Lead story image

Dear Abby: I am a 21-year-old woman from the Philippines. I have been insecure all my life. I know I have a pretty face, but I have a lot of scars on my legs from childhood. Because of this I am depressed, unhappy and insecure. I never wear shorts, skirts or dresses that show my legs. Do you think there is some guy somewhere who will love me despite my scars? I’m well aware that guys like sexy ladies with flawless skin. I hate the way my legs look, and I doubt I will ever find a husband. Please help … ]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:42:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Middle child thinks parents are unfair ]]> Lead story image

Dear Abby: I’m a teenage girl who is frustrated with my family. I am the middle child, and it seems like my parents prefer my brother and sister over me. I am constantly in trouble for things they have done, and my parents are aware that they did. When I try to express my feelings, nobody will listen. Several times I have almost committed suicide or run away. I am lost and I don’t know what to do. Please help me. — Nowhere in Indiana Dear Nowhere: When a person cries out in pain and feels she (or he) isn’t … ]]> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 02:10:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Georgia Nicols horoscopes for Oct. 23 ]]> Lead story image

◆ARIES (March 21-April 19): This is the best day all year to tackle your debt scene. What can you do to reduce your debt? How can you best handle issues related to shared property, inheritances, taxes an insurance matters? Ideas? ◆TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Today’s New Moon will provoke you to consider how you can improve your closest relationships— partnerships and close friendships. What can you do to make things better? This is perhaps the best day of the entire year to ponder this. ◆GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Every New Moon is an opportunity to make resolutions. Today’s New Moon … ]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:42:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Health briefs for Oct. 22 ]]>

Methodist Hospitals adds advanced diagnostic imaging Methodist Hospitals recently signed an $11 million agreement with Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc. to replace all of its diagnostic imaging equipment with the latest technologies, according to a release from Methodist Hospitals. The first phase is an investment in CT and radiography equipment that provides clearer images with reduced scanning time and dose-reduction technology, and mobile digital X-ray systems with wireless technology, the release said. There also will be a room with a system that combines radiography with a video screen, enabling real-time visualization of a body part or of a foreign body … ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:37:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Avoiding friends’ vacation pics easier via social media ]]> Lead story image

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I think it is lovely that people can go on vacations to wonderful and exotic places, but is it appropriate for them to share photos on social media of their luxurious trips? One or two is fine, but when I see photo after photo of a vacation, I start to get uncomfortable. I was taught that it is not polite to share vacation photos in this way, in the same way that it is improper to talk about an expensive gift. While the photo-posters may have the best intentions, I cannot help but feel that they are … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:10:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fighting with girl foolish ]]> Lead story image

DR. WALLACE: I hate a certain girl at our school. She is conceited, tells lies and spreads rumors about my friends and me. I’d like to whip her tail at school, but if I did I’d get suspended. I don’t want that to happen because I’m on the cross-country team, and we are in the running for a chance to compete in the post-season. I’d like to whip this girl after school off school grounds. I’ve got 30 minutes after my last class before cross-country practice. Can the school do anything to me if the fight takes place after school … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:10:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Health Briefs ]]>

Healthy heart diet classes Porter Health Care System will offer free healthy heart diet classes in October and November, according to a press release from the health care provider. The classes will provide an understanding on how to read food labels and choose heart-healthy food, along with teaching basic heart-healthy food preparation tips, the release said. Classes will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 21, and Nov. 4 and 18; and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Room on the second floor of Porter Regional Hospital, 85 E. U.S. 6 in Valparaiso. Advance registration … ]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 02:13:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Beans in your beef stew make it deliciously leaner ]]> Lead story image

Picture this: after a long day at the office (or at the kids’ soccer field or wherever) you turn the key to open your front door and you are greeted by the heady aroma of a steamy meaty stew. You have been richly rewarded for spending mere minutes in the morning assembling dinner in your slow cooker. Fall officially kicks off the season of soups, roasts and stews. And that means it’s time to dig out your slow cooker. My favorite dish is an oldie but goodie — beef stew. But how to make a batch that satisfies without being … ]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 02:10:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Springfield pizza goes its own way ]]> Lead story image

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — We were on the eighth day of a 1,500-mile road trip, heading to an uninviting final night in an airport hotel in Springfield, Missouri. My sister and I had toured museums, historic sites and parks in four states, and we’d had great food, from barbecue and Middle Eastern to seafood and sophisticated small plates. But now we were tired. We couldn’t face another artisanal cocktail menu. We needed something simple. We needed pizza. But pizza’s not always simple. Sometimes it’s not even good. And I’m from New York, where pizza by the slice is almost always good. … ]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 02:09:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Georgia Nicols horoscopes for Oct. 11 ]]> Lead story image

◆ARIES (March 21-April 19): A partner or close friend might surprise you; in fact, this is likely. Or perhaps you will meet someone entirely new who suggests something exciting and different to do. (Keep it legal.) Relationships might also have a sudden, unexpected occurrence that is either pleasant — or not. Oops. ◆TAURUS (April 20-May 20): A sudden chance to boost your earnings at work might occur. Or perhaps an unexpected work-related romance will begin? Whatever occurs could go either way, and it could mean more money for you or less. There might also be a sudden change to your … ]]> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 02:11:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Go For the Food: Grape stomps for fun, not wine ]]> Lead story image

TURNER, Ore. — There is one thing the people at Willamette Valley Vineyards want you to know about their annual grape stomp. It is a very important point, one they make several times. “We do not use the grapes that people stomp in our wines,” Wende Bennette said. “Please tell everyone that.” She points to a pile of grapes in a high-sided wooden bucket. “That juice,” she said, jabbing her finger, “doesn’t leave their feet and go into the barrel. Please, please, make sure everyone knows that.” OK, Wende. Bennette’s title at the vineyard is “wine ambassador,” but in practical … ]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:06:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Wallace: College students are drinking less, but ... ]]> Lead story image

DR. WALLACE: I’m attending college this year and I’m concerned about all the drinking that takes place among college students. I’ve heard some wild stories about this and I’m wondering if it is really as bad as it sounds. Are college kids really drinking more than ever, or not? Stephanie, Tulsa, Oklahoma STEPHANIE: Fortunately, the drinking trend is downward, but it’s still a major headache for college administrators. When young people are away from home for the first time and think that “everybody’s doing it,” it becomes simply too much temptation to drink, and so they try it. This is … ]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:39:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Miss Manners: Too much generosity can be seen as insulting ]]> Lead story image

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My husband and I were recently invited to a concert by a friend, who said that his daughter had bought the tickets but was unable to use them. We were delighted and went with him. We offered to pay for the tickets; he declined, but we bought his dinner. Knowing his financial situation, we sent him a check for the amount but wonder if that was insulting. GENTLE READER: Your exchange with your friend was both explicit and implicit. Allow Miss Manners to tell you what you said: By offering to pay for the tickets, you were … ]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:39:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Health briefs for Oct. 8 ]]> Lead story image

Fest funds for Methodist Hospitals After surviving cancer more than 12 years ago, Mark McDaniel wanted to “pay it forward” and decided to host a HORSE basketball tournament as a fundraiser for Methodist Hospitals, according to a release from the health care provider. The Giddy Up Games Pond-A-Palooza Music Festival has grown from 12 participants playing in the driveway of the McDaniels’ Schererville home to a full-blown block party around the pond of his new home, the release said. It attracts more than 200 participants, the release said. Through the fest, McDaniel recently donated $3,400 to the hospital’s foundation in … ]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:12:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dr. Wallace: Boys are pressured to succeed ]]> Lead story image

DR. WALLACE: Our health and safety teacher said that almost all of those who suffer from the eating disorder anorexia nervosa (self-starvation) are girls because girls don’t want to be overweight. Don’t boys want to have nice bodies too? Brenda, Worcester, Massachusetts BRENDA: Girls bow to social pressures to be slim, and some become so addicted to “slimness” that they literally starve themselves to death. These young victims suffer from anorexia nervosa. Boys who become anorexic are not trying to be slim. They are generally pressured by their families to succeed. Guys want to gain muscle and strength, not lose … ]]> Sun, 05 Oct 2014 02:11:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Miss Manners: Host mildly lewd? Respond with mild sarcasm ]]> Lead story image

DEAR MISS MANNERS: While my husband, young son and I were dinner guests at a couple’s home, the man in the couple — in front of my husband and his wife — complimented what I was wearing, saying that it “accentuates the right places.” To be clear, the outfit was not low-cut or revealing. I simply said, “Um ... thanks” and looked uncomfortable because I really didn’t find the remark appropriate. A general “I like that outfit” or “You look nice” would be one thing, but to add that said outfit “accentuates the right places” was another, especially from a … ]]> Sun, 05 Oct 2014 02:11:36 -0500