Posted: February 26, 2014 at 2:42 a.m.

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: My older sister has been a terror in our family since she was young. “Stella” is a domineering, vengeful alpha-dog. No family member is allowed to challenge her, ever, and she screams insults at anyone who dares to try. Our parents, when they were older, were so afraid of her that they called her “The Boss.” When Mom died three months ago, Stella appropriated all of Mom’s belongings. (Dad died a long time ago.) Since then, she has doled out a few items to the rest of us, things she otherwise would have thrown out or given to charity.

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