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Dear Abby: I’m 50 and my boyfriend, “Ray,” is 55. We have been together for 11 years. He’s divorced with two children. I am single and childless. We owned our own homes until a year ago, when we sold them and bought a house together. We each pay half the bills including the mortgage. We love each other, get along great, have similar values and can’t imagine not being toget…

By Alan Pergament Didn't that headline grab you? First things first. The episode of "48 Hours" about the murder of an University at Buffalo Law School graduate was a national ratings hit Saturday. CBS reports that the episode, titled "Love, Hate & Obsession," was the No. 1 program at 10 p.m. Saturday with adults 25-54, adults 18-49 and viewers.…

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Deciding to raise guide dogs was a decision that completely altered 17-year-old Hope DiNatale’s life. She never imagined that the hard work she put into the program would ultimately lead to a surprise that she would never forget.Upon discovering an article in a newspaper, Hope’s mother Cathy thought that joining a program to raise guide dogs would be a great activity for h…

If you and your kids are stuck inside because of bad weather, try changing your way of thinking. Watch how your child releases energy and uses creativity, and take notes.Often, the more you push against your children, the more they will push back. And you will lose. Philosophies to consider:• If a child is jumping up and down, he needs to move, not be told to stay seated. …

I have perfected the art of hiding Christmas gifts. I can hide them so well that not even I can find them.When the kids were little, hiding gifts was easy. I could have slung snowshoes or various other things around the vacuum cleaner and they would have gone unnoticed for months. Years, maybe.I once considered hiding gifts in the cabinet beneath the kitchen sink where we …

Dear Carolyn: What do you suggest one does when a couple is fighting and one partner tries to leave the room to go cool off, and the other refuses to let them leave? I mean physically blocks the door and tries to continue talking about the issue at hand?I ended a long-term relationship with a girl I absolutely loved, because I repeatedly felt claustrophobic in this exact s…

Dear Abby: I have been married to my wife for a year and a half, and we have an infant child. I work while my wife stays home.My problem is she doesn’t like me playing sports and hanging out with friends. I have tried to make concessions and cut down playing sports to once a week. (I used to play two or three times a week, but that’s not good enough for my wife.)On game ni…

If you are a do-it-yourselfer, then refinishing a piece of furniture is a rite of passage that everyone has to try. It’s a lot of fun and can develop and test several skills. Don’t take on a real antique until you know what you are doing, or you could destroy its value. But stripping and repainting an old dresser or table can be a fun project. Start small.Stripping the old…

WASHINGTON – The federal sports television blackout rules moved one step closer to the graveyard Wednesday as the Federal Communication Commission voted unanimously to eliminate them.The vote, which came seven weeks after the FCC announced it was considering such a move, starts a months-long process where the agency will seek public comment about the proposal.But given the…

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Preserving ‘Mary Poppins’Just in time for a new movie about the making of “Mary Poppins,” the 1964 Disney classic starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke has been selected for preservation at the Library of Congress so future generations of Americans can see it.Wednesday, the library inducted 25 films into the National Film Registry to be preserved for their cultural, his…

Dear Abby: I married “Larry” five years ago, and he is good to me. I have two beautiful grandchildren who are my daughter’s. If I don’t see them once a week I miss them. (They are 2ø and 16 months old.) Larry doesn’t miss the babies or want to see them once a week. Sometimes when they come to the house, he doesn’t speak to them or play with them. He says he wants his peace…

The juggling act for Bishop Richard J. Malone will finally come to an end in February.The Vatican announced on Wednesday that Pope Francis has appointed a Boston auxiliary bishop to succeed Malone as bishop of Portland, Maine.The Rev. Robert P. Deeley, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston, was selected as Portland’s 12th bishop.The move means Malone’s undivided at…

By Alan Pergament Some quick thoughts a week before Christmas: A voice in my head suggested I get in the holiday spirit and “say something nice about Channel 2 anchor Maryalice Demler.” So I'll give it a whirl. The latest Channel 2 promo for the Sochi Olympics features Demler walking down a station hallway before it is revealed she is wearing skates. When Demler gets …

A week before Christmas, Unlucky Louie had to have an outpatient surgical procedure. He was annoyed when he found out that his insurer wouldn’t pay for some of the charges. He spent three days trying to get the matter resolved.“Mary and Joseph probably had the same health insurance plan as I do,” Louie grumbled to me.In a penny game, Louie was declarer at today’s six spade…

Wednesday, Dec. 18CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Christina Aguilera, 33; Katie Holmes, 35; Brad Pitt, 50; Steven Spielberg, 67. Happy Birthday: Your personal and professional lives will clash. Sensitivity must not interfere with what needs to be done. Taking action will be needed, but also must be done with great thought. Backtracking and trying to fix unnecessary mistakes …