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Guest at Thanksgiving dinner is a real turkey

Q. My mother-in-law is a “Negative Nancy.” She has nothing positive to say about her life. All conversations revolve around how terrible her life is, including obsessing about her divorce as if it happened yesterday (it was more than 30 years ago).

This woman has traveled the world several times, has four beautiful grandchildren, and has been welcome to spend time with us without strings attached. Her criticism takes in everything and everyone around her.

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