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by Abigail Van Buren

DEAR ABBY: When we bought our home up north 30 years ago, this motto was tacked to the frame of the entrance. We thought it was appropriate then, and still is now.

I thought you might want to share it with your readers. -- A.M.T. IN FLORIDA


If you are poor -- work.

If you are rich -- continue to work.

If you are happy -- keep right on working.

Idleness gives you room for doubts and fears.

If disappointments come -- work.

If sorrow overwhelms you, and loved ones seem not true -- work.

When faith falters and reason fails -- just work.

When dreams are shattered and hope seems dead -- work.

Work as if your life was in peril. It really is.

Whatever happens or matters -- work.

Work faithfully -- work with faith.

Work is the greatest material remedy available.

Work will cure both mental and physical afflictions.

-- From the "Silent Partner"

DEAR A.M.T.: Thanks for a worthwhile addition to this space. But how about all those people who are willing and eager to work, but cannot find a job?

DEAR ABBY: This letter is for all of those frustrated housewives who wonder if they've gone off their rockers when they find only one sock in the washing machine. You dealt with this problem some time ago by stating that washers and dryers do not eat socks.

Sorry, Abby, but the washer is, in fact, the culprit. I have worked in customer service for General Electric Major Home Appliance Repairs for many years, and we were instructed to tell our customers that the washing action of the water will sometimes push a lighter item, i.e. a sock or washcloth, over the top of the inner tub into the space between the inner and outer tub -- and during the pumping cycle it can be washed down the sewer.

I have scheduled hundreds of service calls for socks to be removed from the pump of a washing machine. So, women, take heart, and tell your husbands to go yell at the washer! -- NEW ORLEANS WOMAN

DEAR NEW ORLEANS WOMAN: I'm sure that many who have thought they were going crazy after discovering an odd number of socks in their washing machines will appreciate your explanation. Here's suds in your eye!

DEAR ABBY: My husband thinks I'm some kind of cleanliness nut because I shower every night before going to bed. I believe it's just good personal hygiene. Please comment. -- SHOWER FREAK (HIS NAME FOR ME)

DEAR SHOWER FREAK: I'm with you. Cleanliness is next to godliness.

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