Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Herald

Dear Annie: My wife of into this program and have three years always seems formed relationships with the to have something deroga- students. We don’t want to tory to say about “Janie,” my shortchange them because of 20-year-old daughter from this supervisor. Any suggesmy first marriage. If Janie tions? -- Feeling Stepped On vacuums, my wife says she Dear Stepped On: didn’t do it right. If she has Asking for personal favors a half-filled garbage can, my and loans is completely wife tells her it needs to be inappropriate and should be emptied, etc. I am so tired of reported. However, if conthe nitpicking, but tinuous attempts to I don’t know what get the supervisor to do. to change his ways My wife and I have failed and the have a toddler girl board will not interand a 7-monthvene, your choice is old boy, and I to put up with this love them more behavior or leave. than anything. But Some people would don’t you think she interpret the supershould mind her visor’s personalown business about ity as more brusque my older daughter? than bullying and -- On the Edge in Annie’s Mailbox would ignore most Pittsburgh of it. In fact, you Dear Edge: To some might even be able to corextent, yes. Janie is a member rect him at the time, as long of the household and should as you use tolerant humor. do her chores. However, If you opt to stay, this is the your wife needs to find bet- tack we would recommend. ter ways to handle Janie, or Dear Annie: Your advice she will create resentment to “Not a Mommy” was spot all around. Please don’t sim- on. I, too, have never wanted mer silently. Talk to your kids. When asked to hold wife so she understands how a baby, I reply, “Thanks. I much this bothers you. See a can see it from here.” Older counselor who specializes in women used to ask, “Who blended families. And con- will care for you when you’re tact the National Stepfamily old?” But where are those Resource Center (stepfami- adult children now? Living lies.info) for help. across the country with famiDear Annie: We are lies of their own? It makes volunteers at an educational no sense to have a child to center that teaches English, support you in your old age, provides tutoring and offers to save your marriage or to social services to minorities. please your husband, parents The problem is our supervi- or society. sor. He is constantly rude and One of the first things I sharp with the volunteers, told my fiance was that if he as well as with prospective wanted kids, he needed to financial donors who could move on. We’ve been married help support the program. 28 years. A woman shouldn’t When we bring this to his feel bad because she is not attention, he will take some mother material. Children responsibility in the moment, are better off with someone but he proceeds the next day who will cherish them. -- Not as if the conversation never Mother Material took place. Over the past seven years, his behavior has gotten worse. I know he received some counseling in the past, but there has been no improvement. We have watched him bark orders at the paid staff, and he seldom uses “please” or “thank you” with anyone. He speaks poorly of others and disregards any suggestions made to him. He takes advantage of the volunteers by asking them to do personal favors, and he once asked a volunteer to loan him money. He reports to a board where he has formed a couple of friendships that are more personal than professional, and they aren’t inclined to do anything. How do we handle this? We don’t want to quit, although a couple of valuable people have left and it has had a huge impact. We have put a lot of time and energy

Don’t simmer silently — speak up

Tomorrow’s Horoscope
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012 Poor beginnings don’t always have to become poor endings. In fact, you’ll have excellent chances to strengthen your financial and/or material position by building a stronger foundation out of what you have. Take things a step at a time. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -Don’t be surprised if more than one person confides in you without you or them knowing why. They’ll simply feel impelled to tell you things that they wouldn’t tell anybody else. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- It may not be smart to push for certain things, such as matters that affect your material affairs, if you sense the timing is bad. Listen to what your instincts are telling you. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -Instead of going with the flow as you normally might do, you are likely to be determined to focus on one specific goal. It’ll be for a worthy purpose. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Pay attention and you could learn something important by observing how another conducts him or herself in a development that is similar to one you will soon face. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Being fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time will make you privy to some advance information concerning something profitable that is about to go down. Use it with discretion. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Someone you respect who has counseled you correctly in the past is the same person you should go to again if you’re having a problem making another critical decision. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Any idea you get that you think might help your work or career is best kept to yourself, at least until you are absolutely certain you would be able to successfully pull if off. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Try to distinguish between being protective and being possessive regarding a loved one. If the leash is held too tightly, it could become a choke chain. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- An important development can be finalized to your satisfaction, provided you are tenacious and persistent. Don’t settle for secondbest. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- If there is something important that you need to do, get it out of the way as early in the day as possible. If you wait until you’re pushed into it, you may do a rotten job. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Take some time to study and review your financial position. Something that would save or make you more money could come out of a close, meticulous study. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -Any favors you do for others aren’t likely to be repaid immediately. However, when they are, there is a chance you’ll get more in return than you gave.
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