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March 22, 2014

Dear Abby: Teen fights depression despite his good grades

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My wife has threatened to cancel card games with friends, cancel our weekend trip to her brother’s birthday celebration, cancel our upcoming European river cruise, refuses to kiss me and said some things I can’t repeat. Is there anything I can do to appease this lady I love dearly?

Laid Back In Michigan

Dear Laid Back: One thing comes to mind — you could shave.

Dear Abby: I am a server in an upscale restaurant. Part of my job is refilling water goblets, which shouldn’t be stressful except that almost all of our customers place their smartphones right next to their glasses. If I should make a slight mistake and accidentally drip water on these expensive devices, you know what would happen next. Please ask your readers to keep their smartphones off the table!

Careful Server In Bethlehem, Pa.

Dear Careful Server: I’m glad to ask, but many readers regard their smartphones as extensions of themselves. Convincing them to cooperate would be like selling them on amputating a finger. Of course, the lesson would be learned if the diner accidentally tipped over a water or wine glass because there would be no one else to blame. But in the meantime, it’s important that when you pour, you do it VERY CAREFULLY.

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Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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