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Dear Abby | Obsession with politics turns friendship into one-way street

I have a friend who constantly talks about all the negative politics going on today. I’m sick of hearing it. I feel it has become a one-way conversation, and she’s not interested in listening to me.

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Dear Abby | Diligent college student has less time for old friends

I’m in my early 20s and the only one in my circle of friends who’s currently in college. They all want to hang out all the time, but most of them live more than 100 miles away.

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Dear Abby | Friendship between moms ends over race for charity

The 14-year-old son of a friend of mine is having self-esteem issues and apparently is going through a very rough patch.

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Dear Abby | Grandmother is still waiting for thank-yous from teens

It seems the children I raised and taught to write thank-you notes somehow failed to teach their children the importance of being grateful receivers.

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Dear Abby | Cheating husband bad-mouths wife who left him for another

I am ashamed to admit this, but years ago I had an affair with a married man.

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Dear Abby | Diamond ring comes between couple planning their marriage

My girlfriend and I love each other very much and have been living together with our children for five years. We intend to get married soon. Here is the rub: She’s “old school.” She believes she should receive a diamond ring as part of the marriage proposal.

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Dear Abby | Daughter given everything gives heartache in return

Ever since high school, our adult daughter has had mood swings.

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Dear Abby | Extra place set at the table helps combat holiday blues

I read that there is a suicide somewhere in the world every 40 seconds.

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Dear Abby | Notebook stepson left behind reveals love for another man

My stepson “Arnold” recently moved out, and I found a notebook he left behind that I thought I’d use.

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Dear Abby | Overbearing dad makes living at home aggravating for son

I’m a 34-year-old man who lives with my father, who is 76 years old. I’m currently without a job, but when I have one, I buy food and whatever else is needed for the house.

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