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Dear Abby: Being a good listener is the best way to be heard

Dear Abby: I am responding to “Tired of Talking to Myself” (Feb. 13), whose husband’s ears slam shut when she begins to speak. This is not a problem that’s exclusive to men. Women do it as well. As a retired PA (physician’s assistant), when talking with patients, I would refer to it as selective hearing loss.

Dear Abby: Mom fears news of ex’s abuse will cause split with her son

Dear Abby: My daughter, “Meg,” was sexually abused at the age of 3 by her father 25 years ago. “Emile” and I were divorced, but he had every other weekend visitation. After returning from one visit, she said, “Daddy put his finger in there. It hurt. I cried.” Her words forever changed my life.

Dear Abby: Husband’s caring ministry doesn’t extend to his wife

Dear Abby: I have been married to the same man for 20 years. He likes having people around ALL the time, and because he is a minister, we often can’t avoid it. I have tried to accommodate his friends and hangers-on, but lately it’s becoming unbearable. He will say “yes” to people who have been evicted, and I find myself sharing living quarters with perfect strangers or church members without prior notice.

West — Pfister

Krista Pfister and Alexander West, both of Leavenworth, were married Aug. 16, 2014, at a family friend’s private home in Leavenworth by Andy Dayton.

Baby chimp starts new life in Florida

Keeva is a baby chimpanzee, an adorable, sweet little girl born March 12 to a female chimp at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Unfortunately, her mom, 26-year-old Carole, seemed ill-prepared for the responsibilities of motherhood. She wasn’t hostile toward Keeva, wasn’t trying to hurt her. Trouble was, she wasn’t trying to do much of anything with her baby — she wasn’t nursing her, wasn’t bonding with her.

Dear Abby: ‘Abby’ dinner promises good food and good times

Dear Abby: We have enjoyed an international dinner club with three other couples for many years. Besides an international theme, we occasionally have other theme dinners. The host couple chooses the country and is responsible for the main course. Another couple brings an associated entree, the third couple brings dessert and the fourth couple provides the wine. We rotate responsibilities so we host only once every four months.

Dear Abby: Son must know the truth about breakup

Dear Abby: I am a divorced mother of four. I have been single for three years, since my ex chose an affair over our marriage. I am successful and manage my home and finances.
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Clevenger, Hardy

Molly Clevenger and Sam Hardy, both of Seattle, have announced their engagement.

Dear Abby: Dad getting divorce applauds mom’s devotion to their son

Dear Abby: My wife and I will be legally divorced within a few weeks. We have a 1-year-old son. Although we have been separated for eight months, she is an awesome mother to our son. A man could not ask for a better lady to care for his child. We don’t talk about much other than our son. We are no longer in love, but I can honestly say I love her for who she is — the mother of my child.

Dear Abby: Couple encounters rough seas over gift of cruise vacation

Dear Abby: I represented my daughter “Stacy” and her husband as their real estate agent. When any of my children purchase a home, I waive my commission. My daughter knew I had been trying to finance a trip to South America for my husband so he could complete his “bucket list.” She gave me a cruise on one of the most expensive cruise lines and airfare to South America as a gift for helping with their home purchase.