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A reader’s boyfriend wants a family and kids, but she isn’t sure if he wants them with her.
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A reader’s friend made contact after cutting off communications for five years. Can the friendship be revived?
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Dividing the estate leaves a survivor wondering if some heirs aren’t showing proper thanks.
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The answer: You can’t change her negativity, but you can learn to take away her power to ruin the big day.
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Town senior center director is a hothead and is alienating the seniors she’s supposed to serve.A reader is distrubed by parents who distinguish between biological and stepchildren in introductions.His good friend in Afghanistan saved lives. Now he’s separated from his wife and listed as a sex offender.
  
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