B6 MONDAY • SEPTEMBER 16, 2002 • THE HAYS DAILY NEWS FAMILY CIRCUS DENNIS THE MENACE 02002 BIIKeano. Inc. Dial, by King Featuros Synd. www.familyclrcus.cr* "PJ is givin' Mommy a mini-hug." BEETLE BAILEY *I HOPE YOU BROUGHT MOM SOME FLOWERS OR „ SOMETHING, 'CAUSE i JUST GOTON HER LAST NERVEI \WOW/ THANKS, BEETLE.' life ONE OF X HOPE IT WASH'T / THE PERKS TOO EXPENSIVE/ X OF MY JOB YOU'D BEAMAZEP WHATIFINPIN THESAR3A6E SOMETIMES/ GARFIELD STA9 TUNEP FOR A RECITATION OF-THE COMPU6TE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE WIZARD OF ID BABY BLUES FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE MOM,LOOK!-I CAM SEE?THey WEAR yOUR N&W AN 1 y^u ACTUAUN/ BOU&HT A PAIR THAT I WHAT VUAS THIMK1N6?/// BLONDIE THIS LINE RISHT HERE? WHERE IT SAYS ONE MILLION? I PONT SEE AN VTHINS WRONG BUMSTEAO.' VOUIWOT7/ VOU MISSPELLED A WORD.' GEECH DlLBERT I DON'T SEE VOUR RESERVATION. I-VSYBE IT'S BECAUSE ALL OF OUR COMPUTERS ARE CARDBOARD PROPS THAT UJE STOLE FROtt A FURNITURE STORE. FOR SECURITY PURPOSES, UOULD YOU CARE TO FRISK rAE? Annie's Mailbox KATHY MITCHELL/MARCY SUGAR DEAR ANNIE: I am a 26-year- old lesbian. I came out to my mom last year. (My father is no longer living.) When I told Mom I was gay, she said, "I don't want to hear about it." Mom didn't speak to me for two weeks and skipped my birthday. We finally agreed to disagree —I would live my own life, and she would disapprove. I gave Mom a book about parents with gay children and the names of organizations that I thought would be helpful. To my knowledge, she has not used any of these things. Recently Mom has started up again, making rude remarks about my clothes, my friends and my taste. I've had it. My birthday is in a week. Last year was the worst ever because I spent the night crying. This year, I made plans with friends. I have a good job and great friends who are all very supportive and caring. I love my mother, but I can't take much more of her nastiness. I have tried to talk to her, but we end up yelling or fuming in silence. Do you think there is any hope for a normal mother-daughter relationship again? —Missing Her in Iowa Dear Iowa: Your mother may come around when she sees that you are happy but it is not likely to happen soon. Although you have given her the names of organizations, it might help if YOU contact one of them and ask for suggestions. Try PFLAG, 1726 M Street, N.W. Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036 (www.pflag.org). Meanwhile, don't pick a fight with your mother. If she criticizes you, simply say "Sorry we don't agree on this, Mom," and change the subject. DEAR ANNIE: Nearly 30 years ago, my mother-in-law gave us her antique piano when our children wanted to take lessons. When our youngest daughter married, we gave the piano to her. My husband passed away three years ago. Bight months ago, my mother-in-law called and said she wants "her" piano back so she can give it to her favorite grandchild. I was offended and told her the piano now belongs to my daughter. My mother-in-law began to cry and yell, saying her son was dead and she wants the piano back. I told her it would be wrong to take the piano from one grandchild in order to give it to another, Since then, my mother-in-law and. my husband's siblings have had no contact with me or my children. I have been a member of this family for 35 years. What should I do?—California Dear California: Let's give your . mother-in-law the benefit of the doubt and assume she is grieving and the piano reminds her of her son. Unless she gave it with strings attached, it belongs to you, and you can do what you like with it. No piece of furniture is worth destroying a 35-year relationship. Can your daughter afford another piano? Would you be willing to help her purchase one? Ask your daughter if she will give the antique piano back. Tell your mother-in-law you love her and want to put the relationship back on track. Good luck.. DEAR ANNIE: I read the letter from "Frustrated in Alabama," who resented that her father-in- law's new wife, "Isabel," wanted the children to call her "Grandma." When my sister tried to teach her granddaughter to say "Grandma Gayle," the child could only say, "Dodo," and the name stuck. — Becca's Gramma in Detroit Dear Gramma: Kids can make fools out of anyone. Thanks for writing. — Write to Annie's Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 5777 W. Century Blvd., Suite 700, Los Angeles, CA 90M5 or e-mail email@example.com REAL LIFE ADVENTURES CLOSE To HOME School supplies: You. School supplies: Your kids. "Didn't you hear? He was in some sort of horrible accident at the sausage lactory." Donohue HEALTH DEAR DOCTOR: I am going crazy with something that's happening in my head — I think. I get spells where my ears ring and I can't hear well. Along with those two annoyances, I am often so dizzy that I have to sit down. Then everything returns to normal, but the triple threat returns, and it is returning more often. What's going on? — R.N. If he were alive, I'd send you to Dr. Prosper Mnire (Main-YER), a French doctor of the 19th century. He described a condition that includes the three symptoms you have — episodes of ear noises such as ringing, roaring or buzzing; transient deafness; and dizziness that makes people feel like they have been trapped in the spin cycle of a washer. Early in the course of this syndrome, the episodes are relatively short. With the passage of time, they become longer, and the intervals between attacks become shorter. At first, only one ear is affected. Later, both might be. The trouble lies in the inner ear. It is the part of the ear where the balance organ and hearing nerve are found. The inner ear is flooded with too much fluid, and it's the fluid that's responsible for Mnire's. Logic demands that the fluid be drained. Sometimes that can be done by adapting a strict, low-salt diet and taking water pills. Seasickness medicines can sometimes stop the dizzy spells. There are many operations designed to drain ear fluid or to destroy the ear's out-of- whack balance organ. Ear surgeons can also create drainage channels for the overly abundant ear fluid. I can't send you to Dr. Mnire, but I can and want to send you to an ear, nose and throat doctor to begin treatment. DEAR DOCTOR: My mother, 87, has a mind sharper than mine. She is turning into a hermit because she drools, especially when eating. Is there anything that can be done for her? — A.M. There are many things that can be done for this common complaint of many elderly people. The salivary duct can be tied, or surgeons can position the duct farther back in the mouth. The minor salivary glands under the jaw can be removed. Anti-cholinergic drugs dry the mouth — sometimes too effectively, making the cure worse than the disease. Your mother can talk to her doctor about those drugs. There are many. A woman reader sent me her solution to the problem. She says to dab a little Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream at the corners of the lips. It creates a dam that stops saliva overflow. Petroleum jelly also works, and it is cheaper. Let me know the results for your mom. I promise to make the woman who sent the solution famous if the treatment is effec tive. — Write to Paul Donohue, M.D., P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475 AXYDLBAAXR* .•^.wn'. ..,.. ...... _ : One letter stands for another. In this sample, A is used or the three L's, X for the two O's, etc. Single letters, postrophes, the length and formation of the words are all lints. Each day the code letters are different. 9-16 CRYPTOQUOTE CXJJWO OWCEOF: P FERH RZWOW FZW M H Z P G M FP H F C MUW EH KEXO UPBPFMEH JEHWK XHFMI HWVF CXJJWO. — PHEHKJEXC Saturday's Cryptoquote: IF YOU WANT TO KILL ANY IDEA IN THE WORLD TODAY, GET A COMMITTEE WORKING ON IT. — C.F. 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