DEAR ABBY

Merced Sun-Star - - Sports - Dear Abby is writ­ten by Jeanne Phillips. Con­tact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los An­ge­les, CA 90069.

DEAR ABBY: I read that there is a sui­cide some­where in the world ev­ery 40 sec­onds. Num­bers rise at hol­i­day time. Feel­ing like a child whose nose is pressed against a win­dow, see­ing oth­ers from the out­side as they en­joy the warmth of the mo­ment, can lead to thoughts of aban­don­ment and de­spair. That’s why I have a mis­sion – I set an ex­tra place at my ta­ble.

I can at­test that it works. One year I an­nounced in church that my home would be open to any­one who didn’t have a fam­ily. A woman came for­ward and ac­cepted my in­vi­ta­tion. We spent the day get­ting to know each other and bonded in friend­ship.

Please en­cour­age your read­ers to set an ex­tra place at their hol­i­day ta­ble. My brother com­mit­ted sui­cide. I move for­ward in his honor.

– Full Of Grat­i­tude

In Phoenix

DEAR FULL OF GRAT­I­TUDE: Please ac­cept my sym­pa­thy for the tragic loss of your brother. I’m pleased to help spread the word. Iso­la­tion can be a killer, and in­clu­sion can be a life­saver. Bless you for what you are do­ing. I hope other read­ers will con­sider it and fol­low your ex­am­ple.

DEAR ABBY: I have a dilemma I don’t know how to ma­neu­ver through. I have been work­ing as an in­tern at a com­pany for about 18 months. Dur­ing the sum­mer, I com­pleted a test I needed to be­come fully li­censed in my field.

How­ever, I’m still work­ing in my cur­rent po­si­tion at in­tern wages, al­though I have re­peat­edly re­quested a meet­ing with my em­ployer to talk money.

He con­tin­ues to say he doesn’t have time, and we will dis­cuss it later. He even agreed to a time on a cer­tain day but failed to show up for the meet­ing. When I emailed him the amount I want, he replied, “We’ll talk about it later.”

Should I con­tinue to press the is­sue? Call him? Email? Or just look for other work?

– Con­cerned About Money DEAR CON­CERNED: You have done enough. Push­ing your em­ployer fur­ther won’t help.

The ball is now in his court. Start qui­etly look­ing for an­other job – one in which your skills will be ap­pro­pri­ately com­pen­sated.

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