I agree that listening to someone honk like a migrating goose is unpleasant. Thats why the rule of etiquette states that those who need to clear their heads excuse themselves from the table. If someone must perform this function at the table, it should be limited to tiny dabs with a tissue to prevent a drip. Dear Abby: I am the mom of two sons, ages 13 and 14. When I took them for their annual physical last summer, their pediatrician said this would be the last year I would be in the room while he examined my sons. I dont understand why I should have to leave if my children are OK with my being there. My sons are comfortable with me, and I am an only parent. It seems to me that more and more rights are being taken away from parents. Am I out of line for feeling this way? Exam Room Off-Limits Dear Off-Limits: Yes, if you trust your sons doctor, which I hope you do. By ages 13 and 14, your sons are maturing into manhood.

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Here are our editor She terminated our friendship without giving me a reason. Not only that, she has been spreading lies about me to mutual friends. No one knows why she is spreading rumors, and I dont want there to be drama at my friends wedding and bachelorette party. What can I do? Unsure in the West Dear Unsure: If your former best friend is unwilling to explain why she ended the friendship and has been spreading false rumors, you cant force her. Go to the party and the wedding, mingle with those who havent chosen sides, be gracious and steer clear of the nasty bridesmaid, if you can. That way, if there is any drama at either function, you wont be the person who created it. LIFE HACKS VIDEO: Living better by living smarter Dear Abby: Could you please explain why so many people blow their noses at the supper table? I consider it not only rude but also gross. Why cant people excuse themselves from the table and leave the room to do it?

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