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  Dear Esther, When my son-in-law Josh first started dating our daughter Rena, we liked him very much. He seemed like such a friendly, personable, interesting young man. Rena has always...

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I’ve been dating for quite a long time and I can’t seem to agree to get married. All the guys say I’m the nicest girl they ever took out...

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Mindbiz: Why Does My Friend Seem Hot and Cold?

  Dear Esther, I have a friend whom I’ll call Cindy. I really like her a lot. She has a great personality, I always feel so good when I’m speaking to...
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