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Back in the days when American dads were building fallout shelters in their basements and backyards, I always wondered where we would put our garbage during a thermonuclear war.

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When Dr. Sam said to me, “You’ve got the colon of a man half your age,” it was hard to keep from beaming. This must be how a mother feels when a complete stranger tells her how beautiful her new baby is.

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“Who do you think will win Iowa?” I asked Stan as he replaced the starter on my old beater. Stan watches all those cable TV shows about politics all day long at his garage, so I knew he’d have an informed opinion. It’s a well-known fact that the more TV you watch, the smarter you become.

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Monica hated her golfing ex-husband so much that when she felt it was time to start over, she made it a hard-and-fast rule that she would never date a golfer.

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Dear Amy: I brought a big client to the bank where I work. I partnered with a “relationship representative” (a female colleague) to build the account at the bank.

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Dear Amy: My family was friends with a couple from our church (“Alan and Jenny”) for many years. I’ve never met a more loving, happier, or more fulfilled couple than those two. They had three amazing children together.

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Dear Readers: Many of us are now in the recovery mode of the holiday season – after gorging on gingerbread and eggnog and letting the glitter of the season release us from December’s gloom. In the spirit of the season, I present my annual roundup of charitable organizations readers should co…

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Dear Amy: I am 33. My parents split up when I was 10, but I am still close to both. My dad remarried when I was 12. My mom has not remarried or dated anyone since their divorce.

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During the 2019 holiday season, some were, for the first time, introduced to the Giese Chapel which has been a holiday favorite since 1947.

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Dear Amy: I am a woman who was adopted by maternal family members when I was a child. They were honest with me about my birth mother’s history (addiction). I had no contact with my birth mother.

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I parked next to an SUV yesterday that was so big I could have parked my car, a smaller SUV, inside of it. With plenty of room left over to seat four people comfortably.

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Dear Amy: I have been with my current boyfriend for a year. After hitting it off at a party, he immediately asked me out. He seemed very into me during the initial dating phase, and then we made it official in April.

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Dear Amy: My husband and I have been married for 11 years. Throughout the duration of our marriage, he constantly makes snide remarks, such as, “Someone around here never wants to be responsible for her choices,” or he will remark on how I am such a social butterfly that I know each person’s…

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Dear Readers: This is a special day for me, because this is the day I take a break from hosting your questions to advocate for a cause that is very near and dear to me: literacy.

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You know those Top 10 lists that crop up every year around this time? Forget those. Instead, here are the worst things about 2019 — from "awful" at number 91 through "somehow even worse" at number 100.

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It’s that time of season when I worry I might morph into one of Santa’s elves. I really enjoy the Christmas holidays. This is the time of year for optimism and the good will that radiates throughout Christmas. I bet some of the best times of your life happened during this joyous season.

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Dear Amy: My in-laws are self-professed hoarders. They love showering us with thrift store, garage sale, and dumpster finds every month or two when they visit.

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Dear Amy: I casually dated two different men at the same time: One man is my age (early-50s), and another man is 20 years older.

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Dear Amy: After many decades of marriage to a wonderful woman, I find myself in my third year as a widower. Despite having many friends, an active church life, and a very loving family, I am lonely.

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Dear Amy: I have been struggling to comprehend the breakup of a friendship. A friend of over 20 years wiped me out of her life. I think the reason why is because – years after her husband left her, she didn’t seem to be moving on. I offered my unsolicited advice, which was to stop being the …

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Dear Amy: I’ve attended several wedding showers recently where the groom stands around looking bored, posts to social media things like, “Save me,” and the attendees offer “condolences” that he has to spend his day with only women.

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Dear Amy: I have been dating a man for two years. We are both in our early 40s, and between us we have four kids. His are teens, mine are younger.

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'Tis the season for Christmas television specials. What better way to celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus than by watching "A WWE Christmas Smackdown"? What could possibly say "Peace on Earth, good will to men" more than a special called "Katy Perry Goes a-Caroling Buck Naked"? How about t…

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Dear Amy: Last year I took a DNA test, hoping to get some answers regarding my paternity and lineage. I discovered that I have a half-sister (turns out that I have five of them, but that’s a whole other story. Let’s just say our father got around).

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Dear Amy: I have been with my fiance for five years – dating for three, engaged for two. For the first few years it was fine. I was in love until we moved in with each other.

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Dear Amy: I know it’s very painful to be on the receiving end of a friend breakup, but there must be more appropriate ways of doing it than how my wife and I have done it, twice.

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Dear Amy: My partner and I have been living together for five years. We are both in our 60s and each have grown children. We are together almost 24/7. We get along beautifully.

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Dear Amy: My partner and I have been living together for five years. We are both in our 60s and each have grown children. We are together almost 24/7. We get along beautifully.