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    I have worked as a social worker for 30 years,...

    I have worked as a social worker for 30 years, and it's been my experience that homeless folks tend to treat their dogs well. The folks I worked with made sacrifices for their animals, and any...
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    Buying smaller sized clothes is a challenge, but...

    Buying smaller sized clothes is a challenge, but there are ways of learning to deal with it. I have a lifetime of experience trying to find clothes that fit. My suggestions:

    Target sells size 5...
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    "Everyone needs someone to miss them." That's so...

    "Everyone needs someone to miss them." That's so poignant. And true.
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    Agreed. I spent thousands on chemo for a cat...

    Agreed.

    I spent thousands on chemo for a cat just to keep him comfortable when he had lymphoma. The chemo reduced swelling so he could eat, drink, and breathe normally. I'm very fortunate. Even...
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    Why don't you take the direct approach and give...

    Why don't you take the direct approach and give him the phone number of a local methadone program? http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/TreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx
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    I have worked for the same company for twenty...

    I have worked for the same company for twenty four years. I've known some of our patients the entire time. For a brief period, I had a coworker with the same name. Some of our patients STILL refer...
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    In 2002 I was in debt after finishing grad...

    In 2002 I was in debt after finishing grad school. Depressed and feeling a little desperate, and using my computer that was not yet paid for, I searched for ways to get out of debt. I came across...
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    I get a flu shot every year. However, if the...

    I get a flu shot every year. However, if the drug companies seem to be rushing around making a lot of vaccine for the latest threat, I tend to avoid those. I didn't get a Swine Flu vaccine, for...
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    CathyA, When I was a child, I was a voracious...

    CathyA,

    When I was a child, I was a voracious reader, but I always said the words in my head as I read them. Still do. I learned in high school that "good" readers don't actually say the words...
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    Ten. Maybe 11. Yesterday, I got a call from...

    Ten. Maybe 11. Yesterday, I got a call from work at 6:00 AM that woke me up from a nightmare about work.
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    I take my cats to have their teeth cleaned every...

    I take my cats to have their teeth cleaned every three or four years. I've read that it needs to be done yearly, but I'd rather not risk putting them under anesthesia unnecessarily. In addition to...
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    Footloose. I still want to get up and dance when...

    Footloose. I still want to get up and dance when I hear it.
  13. What an honor! I'm a big believer that...

    What an honor! I'm a big believer that opportunities don't just fall into our laps, even if they appear to. This speaks to your reputation and character, which I'm sure you've been building for...
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    It's actually considered rude among the young to...

    It's actually considered rude among the young to leave a message and make someone go through all the trouble of checking their voice mail. You must let them see the missed call and call you back. ...
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    CathyA, this happens to me a lot. I think it's...

    CathyA, this happens to me a lot. I think it's because I'm 5'0".
  16. I am a mandated reporter, and I think you did the...

    I am a mandated reporter, and I think you did the right thing. Generally, CPS will decide if the report is serious enough to warrant investigation. If it's not, your report will provide a foundation...
  17. CathyA, there is a disorder on the Bipolar...

    CathyA, there is a disorder on the Bipolar spectrum called Cyclothymic Disorder in which the symptoms of depression and mania are milder than in Bipolar. It's less debilitating than bipolar, and...
  18. Congratulations to you, Mrs M, for sticking it...

    Congratulations to you, Mrs M, for sticking it out. It's difficult to quit, but so worth it.
  19. When I quit smoking 21 years ago, I found that...

    When I quit smoking 21 years ago, I found that constipation was one of the more unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. I was also gaining a bit of weight, so I tried Slim-Fast powder shakes --all the rage...
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    Yep. And informal. Our local weatherperson was...

    Yep. And informal. Our local weatherperson was engaging in witty banter with the announcer and ended the exchange with "Whatever." I guess if she agreed with him, she would have said, "True Dat."
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    I saw this scroll on CNN: "Pressure mounts on...

    I saw this scroll on CNN: "Pressure mounts on Weiner."

    Do they do this on purpose? I wonder if it's unconscious, that the puns are in their minds, so it just pops out. Ha! I just did it...
  22. Thread: Email Clutter

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    I have two personal email accounts that I keep...

    I have two personal email accounts that I keep pristine with daily maintenance. I respond immediately to the emails that need a response, archive the ones I need in a "for future reference" folder,...
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    I gave up my landline when I realized I only used...

    I gave up my landline when I realized I only used it to screen calls. Evidently, the person who had my number before me had been in jail, was in a lot of debt, and had made a lot of people angry. ...
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    That's a huge accomplishment. Congratulations!

    That's a huge accomplishment. Congratulations!
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    I miss Peter Jennings. I regret that I didn't...

    I miss Peter Jennings. I regret that I didn't discover him until his 9/11 coverage.
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