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How To Tell Grandma We Don’t Want Nathan

Dear Joel, My husband and I are expecting our first baby in March. We couldn’t be more excited or happy. We’ve been looking forward to parenthood and my mother-in-law is also looking forward to becoming a grandma. She is a

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On Overload in Manchester

Hi Joel, I have a problem with letting things go. My closets, drawers, cupboards, and cabinets are full of things, not to mention the garage and attic. Even things I know I won’t use I have trouble parting with. How

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The Invisible Man in Toms River

Dear Joel, My wife and I have a near perfect marriage. We enjoy the same things and do almost everything together except when her mother visits. She’s a nice enough lady, but when she’s here it’s like I don’t exist.

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Mrs. Crummy Cook in Egg Harbor

Dear Joel, My recently retired husband decided to take some cooking classes at the local adult education school. He really enjoys it and spends afternoons looking at cookbooks and recipes. I don’t want to discourage him but he’s terrible! I

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Black, white and blue in Brick

Dear Joel, I am very concerned about my mother. She spends hours watching black and white movies and old tv shows like I Love Lucy and Alfred Hitchcock. That’s not the problem, in fact I even enjoy them. What worries

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Patriot’s pride in Point Pleasant

Dear Joel, Memorial Day has become an excuse for a long weekend of partying, and that makes me mad. Oh sure many towns have parades and almost every town has a wreath laying service, but how many people really remember?

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Shamed senior in Absecon

Dear Joel, There are some seniors out there who give seniors a bad name. I recently met some friends for breakfast at McDonald’s. I left after finishing my breakfast and coffee and found out that the group had stayed there

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Praying for patience in Toms River

Dear Joel, I enjoy going to church and I often go with a friend. When the service is over, the priest waits at the back of the church to say hello, and wish everyone blessings. My problem is that my

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Curtain Call in Toms River

Dear Joel, I’m a waitress in a diner. I have a good customer who I enjoy serving, but every time he comes by, he tells one corny joke after another. It’s nothing offensive but I have to pretend to laugh

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Color me confused in Freehold

Dear Joel, My 14 year old daughter Lisa is a beautiful child in every way. She’s artistic, loves animals, and is very bright, but recently she announced to the family that she wants to be called “Lavender”. She says it

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