Lifestyles

Daughter's birth reawakens memories of abuse in dad

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I are proud parents of our first child, a girl. Despite his excitement and pride, her arrival has caused his childhood sexual abuse by his stepfather to resurface with more detail than he previously remembered. It has reached the point that if he isn't thinking about suicide, he's grilling me for reasons why I love him, which he doesn't believe.

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New Rotary district governor from Village

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE -- The Rotary Club of Hot Springs Village recently welcomed Villager Dennis Cooper. For the first time, a member of the Hot Springs Village Rotary Club has been elected to serve as the district governor.

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VFW District 9 names 'Caregiver of the Year'

Veterans of Foreign Wars District 9 Caregiver of the Year award was recently presented to Pat Sky-Eagle Reedy by VFW District 9 Cmdr. Robert Lafond, a member of the Malvern VFW. At the presentation were the originators of the award Past District Cmdrs. Jack Dobbs of VFW 10483 in Hot Springs Village and Wade Beams of VFW 2278 in Hot Springs.

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Saturday Datebook

Support groups Narcotics Anonymous meets at noon and 8 p.m. today at 919 Hobson Ave. This is a 12-step recovery program for people for whom drugs have become a major problem. The Help Line number is 321-8700. Alcoholics Anonymous meets at noon and 8 p.m. today at 411 Sellers St. Call 623-6328 for information. Narcotics Anonymous, SOS Group, meets at 6 p.m. today at 315 W. Grand Ave. All meetings are open. Call 866-754-2579 for information.

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Patriotic Angel to be honored

Hot Springs National Park Chapter 635 and District 13, Order of the Eastern Star of Arkansas will honor the Patriotic Angel, Joetta Morgan, at noon Saturday at Hot Springs Masonic Temple, 311 W. Grand Ave.

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Woman's old sweetheart still can't win her dad's approval

DEAR ABBY: I'm dating my grammar school and high school sweetheart, "Gary." We've known each other since I was 6. (I'm 33 now.) In high school we dated for nine months and were in love, but he told lies to my dad, so Dad ordered him to stay away. Now, 16 years later, after being only friends all this time, we finally both became single and got back together.

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Friday Datebook

Support groups Narcotics Anonymous meets at noon and 8 p.m. today at 919 Hobson Ave. This is a 12-step recovery program for people for whom drugs have become a major problem. The Help Line number is 321-8700. Alcoholics Anonymous meets at noon, 6 p.m. (two meetings -- one man, one woman) and 8 p.m. today at 411 Sellers St. Call 623-6328 for information. Narcotics Anonymous, SOS Group, meets at 6 p.m. today at 315 W. Grand Ave. All meetings are open. Call 866-754-2579 for information.

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Thursday Datebook

Civic clubs Malvern Area Kiwanis Club will meet at noon today at Western Sizzlin', Malvern. For information, call Susan Lafond, 501-337-6422. Oaklawn Lions Club breakfast meetings are held at 6:45 a.m. the first and third Fridays at Higdon Square Cafe. Visiting Lions and guests are welcome. Call Terence Peck, president, 545-8941, for information. Support groups Narcotics Anonymous meets at noon, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. today at 919 Hobson Ave. This is a 12-step recovery program. The Help Line number is 321-8700.

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Loss of job also puts end to man's affair with co-worker

DEAR ABBY: Back in 2013, a co-worker, "Jamie," and I fell in love. Both of us were married to other people, but everything felt perfect. It was a feeling I never had for anyone in my life before. Three years later, I lost my job. The day I was terminated, my wife found out I had been cheating, so I ended the affair.

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Wednesday Datebook

Civic clubs Scenic 7 Rotary Club meets at noon the first, second and third Thursdays at Charlie's Pizza Pub, 127 McNeely Circle, and adjourns by 1 p.m. On fourth Thursdays, it meets at 5:30 p.m., dismissing by 6 p.m. Visitors are welcome. Members and visitors are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes before the meetings in order to socialize and have time to place menu orders. For more information, call Amanda Kennedy, 922-022. Hot Springs Elks Lodge 380, 132 Abbott Place, will meet at 7 p.m. today. Pot Roast will be served from 5-6:15 p.m. for $8 per person.

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Friendship with woman makes waves in men's relationship

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 35-year-old gay man who has been in a serious relationship for five years. During the last year, my significant other, "Grady," has grown very close with a female co-worker of mine he met at my office party. (I'll call her Tina.) They have become inseparable, and when they aren't hanging out, he's constantly texting and calling her.

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Tuesday Items of interest

Two candidates address DPGC Wednesday Two local Democratic candidates will be the featured speakers at the 5:30 p.m. Wednesday meeting of the Democratic Party of Garland County at 608 W. Grand Ave. The doors will open at 5 p.m. The candidates include Kallen Peret, for Arkansas State Representative District 24, and Cortney W. McKee, for Garland County Justice of the Peace, District 9.

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Saturday Datebook

Support groups Narcotics Anonymous meets at noon and 8 p.m. today at 919 Hobson Ave. This is a 12-step recovery program for people for whom drugs have become a major problem. The Help Line number is 321-8700. Alcoholics Anonymous meets at noon and 8 p.m. today at 411 Sellers St. Call 623-6328 for information. Narcotics Anonymous, SOS Group, meets at 6 p.m. today at 315 W. Grand Ave. All meetings are open. Call 866-754-2579 for information.

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Elected officers

The Loyal Ladies Extension Homemakers Club have elected new officers, including, from left, president Kathy Nelson, vice president Kay Bradford, treasurer Rita Blackwood, secretary Jenny Raney, inspirational leader Joy Martsching, and installing officer Bert Manning. Garland County Extension Homemakers Council is composed of 10 different clubs.

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