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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Media (in any form) (11/11/10)

TITLE: CHANGING TIMES
By Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom
11/18/10


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THE DAILY TIMES-- ENTERTAINMENT SECTION September 15, 1970

Dear Gabby,

Iím a lonely, married housewife with two children. My husband doesnít pay attention to me. He comes home from work and barely acknowledges me. If supper isnít on the table, then he gets angry, He doesnít understand how hard I work, taking care of the house and kids. At the end of the day, I want some affection from my husband. Am I asking too much?

Homely Housewife

Dear Homely,

The answer is in your signature. If you greet your husband while looking homely, it isnít any wonder why he ignores you. Your hard-working husband deserves to come home to a tidy house and a freshly groomed wife. Make sure you put on nice make-up and a pretty dress before meeting your husband at the door with a kiss, a drink, and the evening newspaper.

Gabby


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THE DAILY TIMES-- ENTERTAINMENT SECTION October 24, 1979

Dear Gabby,

I want to go back to college and finish my degree. When my husband and I got married, we agreed I would quit and work to pay his way through medical school. Now heís a doctor and is at the hospital at all hours taking care of his patients. I believe itís my turn now, but my husband wonít hear of it. He doesnít understand. Should I give up my dream of being a teacher?

Dreaming in Detroit

Dear Dreaming,

Itís time to wake up and smell the coffee. You are too old to go back to college. I agree with your husband on this one. If you have extra time on your hands, maybe you can do some volunteer work at the local school. That would help quench your thirst to teach little ones while still being home ready to meet your husbandís needs.

Gabby


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THE DAILY TIMES-- ENTERTAINMENT SECTION July 17, 1985

Dear Gabby,

My husband comes home late every night and he smells like French perfume. Iíve done everything to try to entice him. I even met him at the door with nothing on but my sexy black nightie. He didnít even notice. He just asked me if dinner was ready. Iím thinking about getting a divorce. What should I do?

Sleepless

Dear Sleepless,

You need to keep trying. Donít give up. I suggest you both go to coupleís counseling. If he wonít go, go alone.

Gabby


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THE DAILY TIMES-- ENTERTAINMENT SECTION December 30,, 1992

Dear Gabby,

My youngest of five children just moved out to go to college. Iím all alone. Itís at least another ten years before my husband will even think of retiring. I want to go on vacations and have fun with him now before itís too late. Please help.

Empty-nesting

Dear Empty-nesting,

Itís time to live your life. Leave the old fuddy-duddy at home and go on the trip with a group of friends. Have you considered going back to college? More and more college freshmen are older women who want a chance to live out their dreams. Tell your husband this is what you want to do.

Gabby


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THE DAILY TIMES-- ENTERTAINMENT SECTION August 10, 2009

Dear Gabby,

My husband came home last month and told me he has a new girlfriend, our childrenís 18 year-old nanny. I told him it was me or her. He said he wanted both of us. Iíve been married to the same man for over 20 years. How do I get the courage to leave the love of my life?

Heartbroken

Dear Heartbroken,

Go to your divorce attorney, do not pass go, however do collect $200 and everything else you can get out of this lying, cheating, scumbag! This man is lower than a dung beetle. Pack up those kids and never look back. I want to suggest some other things you could do with a sharp butcher knife, but my editors advised me against those ideas.

Gabby


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THE DAILY TIMES-- ENTERTAINMENT SECTION August 11, 2009

Dear Loyal Readers,

It is with regret that the Daily Times will no longer be printing Dear Gabby. After years of writing, Gabby is taking a rest at the State Hospital. Her fans have been the highlight of her life. If you have any questions regarding her recent advice please forward them to The Times Legal Department.

On Monday, we are privileged to have the nationally-known columnist, Dr. Larry, continue to provide our readers quality answers to their questions.

Sincerely,

The Editor


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Theresa Santy 11/18/10
Very, very funny! I remember reading a women's magazine flashback to the seventies, and the advice was exactly as you described. But I think the article also suggested the kids should be clean and quiet as well.

I love how you showed the progression of attitude and it makes me wonder. As women forging ahead with independence and assertiveness, are we now ahead? Or have we been traveling in circles? Strangely, the advice in the first example is the one which ties most closely to scripture (Prov 31 Woman), if it's done with an attitude of love for God.

Verna Cole Mitchell 11/20/10
Oh..I like this--a creative and fun entry for this topic.
Noel Mitaxa 11/21/10
Thanks for picking ny birthday (wrong year!) to begin your entry; for that got my attention!
I like how you have mixed humor in with the sobering reality of changing views over changing times. Very well crafted work.
Lillian Rhoades 11/21/10
Interesting read, but I wondered how Heartbroken could be married for 20 years with children young enough to have 18 year-old baby-sitter. Or, was this germane to the story?
Edmond Ng 11/21/10
Interesting read and creative approach on this topic! Advices from the media can certainly be dangerous, so it is best we leave it to the professionals! LoL.
Amy Michelle Wiley 11/21/10
Great job showing the progression of the times. I think anyone could go insane doing an advice column for that many years, haha.
Caitlyn Meissner11/22/10
This was lots of fun to read. I loved the part about the sharp knife. *chuckles* You had a great message in here, too. Times are always changing. Isn't it great that God's Word doesn't? ;)
Virgil Youngblood 11/22/10
The shifting sands of time caught up with Gabby. A nice take on the topic.
Barbara Lynn Culler11/25/10
Shann, this is great!!! Loved the inuendo of the sharp knife. So true of the progression, tho sad to say, it is still preached in some churches today

GOOD JOB!
Lollie Hofer 11/25/10
There's not much I can add to this that others haven't already said...but I did want to let you know it was a fun, entertaining read. I like how unique it is. Great job.
AnneRene' Capp 11/25/10
Shann...I see why you won a HC on this, so creative and dead on. Love how you showed the changing advice for changing times. Great lesson in this about listening AND taking advice. Always best to seek God's answers. :)
Genia Gilbert11/25/10
Congrats on your HC and #15 overall. Great work!
Beth LaBuff 11/25/10
Wow! Times sure have changed. :) What fun this was to read! Congratulations on your Highly Commended, Shann!!
Theresa Santy 11/26/10
Congratulations on your well-deserved placing(s) on this fabulous piece!
Heidi Wallenborn11/27/10
Hi Shann! Congrats on your placing! I loved your piece as well. Very insightful. I'll share it with a few friends as well. And thanks for congratulating me :) I'm actually quite stunned.