Keep­ers col­lec­tion cov­ers time­less top­ics

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Dear Abby: I am writ­ing about your Keep­ers book­let, the col­lec­tion of your most pop­u­lar es­says, po­ems and let­ters. I would like to pur­chase a copy, but first, I have a ques­tion. Is there a par­tic­u­lar fa­vorite of yours in there?

– Big Fan In Fort Wayne, Ind.

Dear Fan:

My Keep­ers book­let con­tains 72 col­umn items that read­ers have told me they had read and reread un­til they were yel­lowed with age and fall­ing apart. This book­let was cre­ated be­cause of the high vol­ume of re­quests from my read­ers for a col­lec­tion of these items in one easy-to-use book­let. The sub­jects are di­verse, cov­er­ing a va­ri­ety of top­ics, in­clud­ing par­ent­ing, chil­dren, ag­ing, an­i­mals, for­give­ness, etc.

One poem in par­tic­u­lar has al­ways res­onated with me. It is ti­tled “The Time Is Now,” and I find its mes­sage both poignant and mean­ing­ful. I hope you will agree.

THE TIME IS NOW (Au­thor Un­known)

If you are ever go­ing to love me,

Love me now, while I can know

The sweet and ten­der feel­ings

Which from true af­fec­tion flow.

Love me now

While I am liv­ing.

Do not wait un­til I’m gone And then have it chis­eled in mar­ble,

Sweet words on ice-cold stone.

If you have ten­der thoughts of me,

Please tell me now.

If you wait un­til I am sleep­ing,

Never to awaken,

There will be death be­tween us

And I won’t hear you then.

So, if you love me, even a lit­tle bit,

Let­meknowit while I am liv­ing

So I can trea­sure it.

Filled with clever ob­ser­va­tions, my Keep­ers book­let is both witty and philo­soph­i­cal. It can be or­dered by send­ing your name and mail­ing ad­dress, plus check or money or­der for $8 (U.S. funds) to Dear Abby Keep­ers Book­let, P.O. Box 447, Mount Mor­ris, IL 61054-0447. Ship­ping and han­dling are in­cluded in the price. You will find it to be a quick and easy read, as well as an in­ex­pen­sive gift for newly mar­ried cou­ples, pet lovers, new par­ents, and any­one who is griev­ing the loss of a friend or loved one or re­cov­er­ing from an ill­ness.

Dear Abby:

My hus­band and I have been mar­ried 40 years, are pro­fes­sion­als and work to­gether. He is cyn­i­cal, sar­cas­tic, re­sent­ful, dis­mis­sive and in­sult­ing. What should I do?

– At Wit’s End In Ore­gon

And you are only writ­ing to me about this now? Hav­ing tol­er­ated this kind of ill treat­ment for 40 years, I think the time has come to tune him out, don’t you? Be­cause your re­la­tion­ship may suf­fer from too much “to­geth­er­ness,” sched­ule time away from him – and the busi­ness – and do some­thing plea­sur­able on your own when­ever you can. And sug­gest he do the same be­cause he may need a change of pace, too.

Dear A.W.E.:

ABI­GAIL VAN BUREN

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