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January 15, 2013

Dear Abby: Angry husband leaves home to find a friendly welcome

:Dear Abby: Recently, my husband, “Byron,” and I had an argument, and he took off in his truck. He didn’t return until after work the following day. He had spent the night at our friend “Arlene’s” house. She is divorced and lives alone.

Byron assures me “nothing happened” between them. I want to believe him, but ever since this incident, Arlene will not look me in the eye or speak to me.

I love Byron and trusted him until now. It hurts to think that our marriage may be ruined over a stupid argument. I know he was intoxicated, but why did he choose to go to HER home?

Broken-Hearted in Wyoming

Dear Broken-Hearted: He chose to go to her home (even drunk as a skunk) because he knew he would be welcomed. It’s also the reason Arlene can’t look you in the eye. Marriage counseling for you and Byron may help you put this to rest. If he refuses to go with you, go without him.

P.S. It appears that Arlene has an agenda of her own — and Byron may be one of the items on it. You’d be wise to delete her from your list of friends.

Dear Abby: I have always been touched by the acts-of-kindness stories in your column. When I was 20, I went into New York City to attend classes. Upon my arrival, I was mugged in the bus station. It was rush hour, and I was too scared to scream.

After the mugger ran off, I picked up the few belongings that had fallen out of my handbag, walked across the street and down the stairs to the subway. It was then that I realized I had no money to buy a token. I started crying and couldn’t stop.

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