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Dear Abby: I am considered to be a quite attractive — easily a nine or a 10 — professional dancer here in Las Vegas. I recently met a guy who has literally met almost all my dream qualities for a life partner, husband and father of my future children.

The problem is, I’m not attracted to him. He’s not ugly; he has symmetrical features, straight teeth, nice skin and is in pretty good shape, if a little on the skinny side. I have always dated muscular, very fit men who get me excited at the sight of them, and I’m wondering if there’s something wrong with me, because after nine months, I’m still struggling with his looks.

I feel like there is no sexual chemistry. But we have another kind of chemistry because we get along great, and he motivates me to be a better person.

Am I shallow or is the lack of sexual chemistry a sign that maintaining a successful long-term relationship won’t happen?

Miss Picky in Las Vegas

Dear Miss Picky: I’m not going to call you shallow. Whether lack of sexual chemistry is a deal-breaker for you depends upon how important sex is to you. From what you have told me, looks are a primary factor in what draws you to men. (It would be interesting to know how long the relationships you described lasted.)

Bear in mind that men who are Adonises can lose their looks if they don’t consistently work at it — just as women do. Much as we might wish it, looks don’t always last forever. That’s why, if you’re looking for a long-term relationship, it’s extremely important to take into consideration qualities that will last.

Dear Abby: My mother has vascular dementia and breast cancer. In accordance with her living will and many conversations we had before the dementia began, we (Mom, my sisters and I) decided to forgo treatment. She, at 67 has been widowed for 17 years and she watched her husband — our dad — die from cancer. She lives in an excellent health care facility that will provide her with palliative care when the time is right.

My question is, how do we inform people (family and friends) of her diagnosis and of our treatment plan? How do we tell people who have an opinion on what we “should” do that, while we appreciate their concern, this is her decision, without hurting their feelings and our relationships?

Family With a Dilemma

Dear Dilemma: How do these unwanted advice givers know that you do not plan to subject your mother to treatments that would only prolong her decline? If you solicited their opinion, you made a mistake. If you didn’t, then your letter’s last sentence — if said kindly — is an appropriate way to phrase the message. To ignore your mom’s wishes is a betrayal of her trust.

Contact Dear Abby at DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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