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Young man with heart scar has options for covering it up

 August 19, 2014; Updated: 5:00 pm

DEAR ABBY: You printed a letter from "Self-Conscious in Georgia" (May 15), a young man who is insecure about the scar from his heart surgery. I have had three surgeries for congenital defects, my first at 2 years old. Because many...

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Angry wife resents husband for hiding news of his health

 August 18, 2014; Updated: 6:17 pm

DEAR ABBY: When my husband is sick or needs to have surgery, he refuses to tell his family and doesn't want me to. This puts me in a very awkward position. I'm damned if I do tell them because he will be upset with me, and damned if I...

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Nurse objects when mother threatens girl with flu shot

 August 17, 2014; Updated: 2:10 pm

DEAR ABBY: I'm a nurse who has been providing flu vaccinations for customers in a big box store. Most of them regard us health care workers as people who want to keep them healthy. My problem is parents who use me as a threat of punishment...

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Head-over-heels romantics should come back to earth

 August 16, 2014; Updated: 4:15 pm

DEAR ABBY: I have been single for a couple of years. I have always been levelheaded when it comes to romance, but I'm finding myself unable to control my feelings about the new man I'm seeing.

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Man’s affair has ended, but marriage remains in limbo

 August 15, 2014; Updated: 5:12 pm

DEAR ABBY: My husband of 30 years had an affair a year and a half ago. We struggled through the aftermath and are trying to restart our relationship. He remained in touch with the other woman until she finally pulled the plug on him, and...

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Drinking becomes a problem for wife pressured to imbibe

 August 14, 2014; Updated: 4:59 pm

DEAR ABBY: I'm not much of a drinker. I have nothing against drinking or those who do. I just do not like the taste of alcohol. Worse, I have a very low tolerance for it. After only half a glass of wine, I become so sleepy I can barely...

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Daughter’s obsessive stalker ratchets up his accusations

 August 13, 2014; Updated: 5:25 pm

DEAR ABBY: I am very concerned about my 33-year-old daughter's safety. A man in his mid-60s, someone she met at a previous job, has become obsessed with her. He has declared his love for her, divorced his wife and slathered my struggling,...

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Woman mistaken for cougar wants a big cat

 August 12, 2014; Updated: 6:05 pm

DEAR ABBY: I'm a single woman in my late 30s and have an 18-year-old daughter. When I am alone or out with my girlfriends, I am constantly hit on by younger men. My girlfriends say it's because I don't look my age and that I should feel...

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Attentive parents can prevent kids being left alone in cars

 August 11, 2014; Updated: 2:02 am

DEAR ABBY: It disturbs me greatly that we keep reading about parents leaving their children in cars, whether it be absentmindedness, stress or downright intentional. It needs to stop.I'm hoping car manufacturers can come up with an...

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Overweight woman’s bikini top gets harsh review from mom

 August 10, 2014; Updated: 4:20 pm

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 24-year-old plus-sized woman (60 or 70 pounds overweight), but very comfortable in my own skin. When swimming in public, I wear a one-piece bathing suit because it doesn't attract a lot of attention. When I'm home, I have...

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Teen begins to recognize parents’ emotional abuse

 August 9, 2014; Updated: 8:01 pm

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 15-year-old girl who has two younger brothers. My parents are good people, but they can be extremely harsh and cruel. They curse us out and scream at us for petty things almost every day. I told my best friend about it and...

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Woman treats friend’s kitchen like an all-you-can eat buffet

 August 8, 2014; Updated: 4:59 pm

DEAR ABBY: I have a friend who will help herself to anything in my fridge, pantry, etc. without asking. She also will eat most if not all food that's meant to be shared, such as appetizers and snacks at a social gathering. Once she...

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