Man finds woman’s accent abrasive

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2012 There is a good chance that in the year ahead you will make several important alliances that could become extremely beneficial. Two of them are likely to be with older people, but one might be with someone younger and more adventurous than you. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- For reasons over which they’ll have no control, the people whom you depend on might fail you. Your objective might be harder to reach on your own, but you’ll handle it. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- You might have to guard against doing things in half measures, but once you realize the stakes at play, hesitation won’t be a problem. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -If you’re not careful, you might be a trifle extravagant with your resources. This is acceptable, provided you aren’t equally as generous with someone else’s money. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -There is nothing wrong with having some fun and enjoying yourself, as long as you don’t treat serious matters lightly, especially those pertaining to your career. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -Be careful about what you tell others, because if you reveal the wrong things to the wrong person, instead of unburdening yourself, you might create more trouble. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Be positive and build up your hopes, but also be realistic, because if you aren’t, all you’ll do is make more misery for yourself. Don’t use your imagination as an instrument of disappointment. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -Something you thought to be shoo-in could prove far more difficult to pull off than anticipated. This can be an extremely rewarding day for you if you don’t take anything for granted and put in the work. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- You don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings, naturally, but it might be far kinder to be forthright instead of painting a rosy picture that leads to false expectations. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Certain commercial matters could prove to be far more complicated than they appear, so be prepared for anything. If you’re cautions and prudent, you should do just fine. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- If you start seeking an easy out, you might find only difficulty. By trying to duck challenges, you might only create more. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -Usually, you’re the type of person who likes to think a few steps ahead of the game. Keep it up, as careful forethought will be vital to a successful day. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Your reasoning regarding a joint matter is likely to be a shade sounder than that of your counterpart. Listen to his or her views, because one could be good, but don’t discount your judgment.
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HI AND LOIS

By Bernice Bede Osol

Dear Annie: For the past agree, but this problem has 18 months, I’ve been dating been around so long, we susa woman who resides two pect your words of warning states south. We are planning will go unheeded. So this is on her moving north to live for the hosts: If someone has with me. My problem is her not RSVP’d to an invitation thick southern accent. by the date requested, please “Beth” habitually holds phone them and find out the last word of a sentence whether they plan to come. and draws it out. Her voice (We hope invitees will be slides up and down when say- embarrassed enough that it ing a simple word will inspire them to such as “town” so behave better next that it has multiple time.) syllables. A couple Dear Annie: I of my friends have read the letter from also noticed how “We Are There pronounced her and It Hurts,” the drawl is. parents of an adult I have hinted daughter who is to Beth about it grossly overweight. on occasion, but it It’s possible she has hasn’t made a difbinge eating disorference. I have to der. If so, dieting admit, this speech Annie’s Mailbox may not help. She pattern is both reneeds therapy with pulsive and abrasive to me. someone trained in the treatBeth has many loving quali- ment of eating disorders. ties, but I worry about the Please tell this couple to drawl. I can barely tolerate it go to the National Eating Disnow, and I fear it will eventu- orders Association website ally drive me crazy. (nationaleatingdisorders.org) Should I confront Beth or call the NEDA Helpline about it? I don’t want to hurt at 1-800-931-2237. It may be her feelings. — Need Your the best thing they could ever Input do for their daughter. — Been Dear Need: There are There other factors to consider. Dear Been: Thank you. If Beth moves north, her Binge eating is a psychiatspeech will adapt to her sur- ric disorder characterized by roundings, and over time, she loss of control of the amount would likely lose a lot of her of eating, distress over binge accent. You also could speak episodes, and episodes that gently and lovingly about occur at least three times a this. Don’t say her drawl gets week for three months or on your nerves, even if it’s longer. It usually involves true. Say that if she is going eating more rapidly than to be living in your neck of normal, eating until uncomthe woods, she might want to fortably full and/or when not shorten her words so she fits hungry, eating alone due to in better. embarrassment, and feeling Of course, she may be- disgusted with oneself, decome protective of her ac- pressed or guilty after. Other cent, believing it is linked to resources are the Binge Eather identity, and be resistant ing Disorder Association to change. If she has other (bedaonline.com) and the qualities that you appreci- National Association of Anate, we advise first speaking orexia Nervosa and Associto her to see whether she is ated Disorders at anad.org. receptive and then being patient. Dear Annie: I recently hosted a bridal shower for a dear friend. Of the 30 women we invited, only five bothered to RSVP. Several people told the bride-to-be that they may not be coming. Not surprisingly, the bride assumed (incorrectly) that they had also RSVP’d to me directly, so she didn’t pass that on. You can imagine how frustrating, not to mention wasteful, it was to prepare enough food for 25 people when only a handful arrived. My point is this: When asked to RSVP to an event, DO SO. Don’t ignore it or ask the bride to pass on your regrets. She has enough details on her plate right now. It takes just a minute to respond to an invitation, and it is just plain rude not to. — Too Many Leftovers Dear Leftovers: We

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