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Couple Gets Silent Treatment For Opting Out Of Family Plot

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CD PORTFOLIO (24 Capacity) ------------------------------------------------------------ COUPLE GETS SILENT TREATMENT FOR OPTING OUT OF FAMILY PLOT ABBY: My husband and I have been informed that a family headstone has been purchased, and our share is $2,000 -- each. This was never discussed among the family members. The cemetery is located out of state. My husband is in the military, and we had planned to use the military cemetery where we live for a small fee. We think the family was rude and presumptuous planning for our deaths. Because we declined, the family no longer speaks to us, which breaks our hearts. I am sure it is a tactic to wear us down. We have received an e-mail telling us we are no longer welcome to attend the family reunion this summer unless we fork over the $4,000 and agree to have our names placed on the headstone. Your opinion, please, and any advice would be greatly appreciated. -- NOT DEAD AND BURIED YET NOT D AND B: If you were truly considered "part of the family," you would have been part of the discussion and planning for that headstone. The silent treatment your family is giving you is emotional blackmail. Do not give in. Sad as it may be, recognize that you were already "excommunicated" when you were excluded from the planning and the purchase of the plot, not because you refused their demand. ------------------------------------------------------------ 3-PC AMETHYST JEWELRY COLLECTION Normal Price: $59.99 DEAL PRICE: $2.99 Incredible, just incredible! That's all we can say about this collection. Sure the price is about $20.00 less than OUR COST, but just how stunning it looks is the real story. The exquisite cut and setting of each stone will accent any outfit and create a sparkling spectacle. 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I have always agreed with her. -- YOUNG AT HEART YOUNG AT HEART: For heaven's sake, go with the flow. As my mother used to say, "The most important ingredient in a lasting marriage is a husband who lasts." Demographically, men die younger than women do. You and Karl are, to put it mildly, well into adulthood. You share similar values and common interests. To reject him because he is nine years younger is crazy. Discuss it with him. You might be pleased to learn that he would enjoy being your "boy-toy." ABBY: I'm a college senior (female) who spends a lot of time with my professors. This includes extracurricular functions and receptions. I have always addressed them as "professor." But lately, they have been signing e-mails (personal ones) with their first names. Does this mean they want me to call them by their first names? Or should I just continue addressing them as "professor"? -- COLLEGE SENIOR IN N.C. COLLEGE SENIOR: Until you graduate, continue to address them using their titles. After that, ask them what they would like you to call them. But for now, using the titles they have earned shows respect. ABBY is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write ABBY at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. ____________________________________________________________ More Self Help from EVTV1.com: Self Help Videos Abby Forum: Abby Forum ------------------------------------------------------------ END OF ABBY Copyright 2008 by NextEra Media. All rights reserved. This feature may not be reproduced or distributed electronically, in print or otherwise without written permission of Universal New Media and Universal Press Syndicate. COPYRIGHT 2008 UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE
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