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Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: Years ago, we were friends with a beautiful young lady and her husband. He passed away several years ago, and she has never been the same since. Even though she is so beautiful on the outside, she is extremely jealous, and her insecurity shows through in a ridiculous manner, making her a very ugly person.

She currently has a live-...Read more

Faux 'bridesmaids' can't afford the honor

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I have a longtime friend who has asked our circle of five women to be "bridesmaids" for her wedding photos.

She has been married to her (second) husband for years. They own a beautiful home and have two children. She had a lavish first wedding and opted for a small second wedding, to which none of us were invited. She comes from a ...Read more

Faux 'bridesmaids' can't afford the honor

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I have a longtime friend who has asked our circle of five women to be "bridesmaids" for her wedding photos.

She has been married to her (second) husband for years. They own a beautiful home and have two children. She had a lavish first wedding and opted for a small second wedding, to which none of us were invited. She comes from a ...Read more

Exhibitionist Neighbor

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi, Carolyn:

I think we have an exhibitionist neighbor. In the morning, before dawn, the bathroom blinds (but not any other blinds) are raised high, the light is on, and she is clearly visible using the toilet and drying herself off after a shower. Her bathroom window is directly in our field ...Read more

Knitted Breast Prostheses Are Made With Tender Loving Care

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: You would be doing millions of women a great service by telling them about Knitted Knockers Support Foundation. It has been tirelessly working at inspiring volunteer knitters and crocheters to provide free soft, light prostheses for breast cancer survivors.

Typically, the traditional prostheses can be hot, heavy, expensive and...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 12/6/2016

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: I am in my late 20s and have been happily married for over five years. Here is the problem:

My parents divorced when I was little, and my father is an alcoholic. Ever since I can remember, he would call me on the phone, drunk and rambling so much that by the end of the call, I would be in tears. The past couple of years he's ...Read more

A Situation That's Not a Comedy

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: For the past two decades, my life has been an episode of the sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond" on steroids.

My mother-in-law has made a wonderful grandmother, but she has constantly criticized my weight, my hairstyle, what I feed my children and how I dress and discipline them. She always does this out of earshot of her husband and...Read more

'Outed' uncle wants to babysit his nephew

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My husband's very religious family has serious issues with him being gay. His brother, "Steve," outed him in high school. He was forced into therapy, cut off financially and put through hell.

In the past few years most of his family has started to include both of us in their lives -- except for Steve.

Steve and his wife live near us,...Read more

Family vacation disaster

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

My sister (step) and I get along great and have a lot of fun together ... as long as our parents aren’t around. When my mom and her dad are there, she is snarky, mean, easily offended, easily offensive, and it’s awful.

We’ve been talking about planning a vacation for all of...Read more

Mom Stressed By One Child Should Not Try For Another

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My daughter asked me if she should have another child, and based on what I have observed with her first, I definitely feel she shouldn't. I want a polite way to respond without hurting her feelings, but can't find the words.

She loves her child, but loses patience quickly. She can't handle it when her 2-year-old whines or cries. ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 12/5/2016

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: Two years ago, my wife left me. I went to counseling immediately, and we worked hard to get back together for the sake of our children. We eventually reconciled. While I try not to dwell on the past, something still troubles me, and I'm not sure what to do about it.

A few days after "Jane" left me, I had a tearful phone ...Read more

Now Who’s the Brat

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Hi, Carolyn:

Twelve years ago, my husband and I moved from my much-loved West Coast to the East Coast, where he was raised. His family lives about an hour from us.

At the time, our son was a year old, I was in between jobs and my husband got a job offer (procured in part by his family) for more money and a professional step up. The ...Read more

Tired of Being the Hostess

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My spouse has a large family, but his mom, aunt and I are the only family members who have hosted holiday meals for the past 30 years. His sister, brother and cousin used to say their houses were too small. Well, his brother's family just did a huge remodel on their home, and his sister moved to a larger house -- and they still don...Read more

Sister catches her sister's boyfriend in a lie

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My sister has been dating "Dominic" for close to three years.

She decided she wanted to start a whole new career path, which would require going back to school. Dom claims to want to be a cop, but doesn't appear to be doing anything about it.

We've all been concerned about their situation, but now our fears are growing deeper as I ...Read more

Man's Dream Of Togetherness Ends In Long Family Feud

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a happily married man with one problem that doesn't go away. I convinced my wife, Ellen, to move to Florida so we could be close to my family, but now she doesn't trust them because of an altercation she had with my mother. Ellen says Mom made negative comments about her and lied about it.

My intention was for everyone to come ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 12/4/2016

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: My brother and "Melanie" had a baby together (unplanned). The boy is now 2 years old. Melanie moved in with my brother before the baby arrived and stayed until two months ago. She was never overly kind to my brother, frequently making insulting remarks to him and saying she could never love him or the baby. But he truly was in love...Read more

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

My mother-in-law and her husband used to come to the city where my husband and I live about every other month, stay in a hotel, visit friends, and spend time with us. Just before the holidays last year, her husband left her, and we invited her to stay at our apartment for a ...Read more

Wanting a Furry Friend

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: We had to put our dog down after 14 wonderful years. I loved the dog. He would ride in the car with me. We would walk all over, play fetch in the house and just hang out. He was a great companion.

My wife refuses to consider another dog. We are 60 and have a nice home and yard. She doesn't want the "inconvenience" of being tied ...Read more

Grieving family struggles to come together

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My sister recently died suddenly. My husband does not like my late sister's husband.

My mother invited my sister's husband to share our holiday dinner. I have a problem with him right now because after 35 years together (she even waited for him while he was in prison for more than a decade), he announced that he had met someone two ...Read more

Teen's Pursuit Of Crush Could Do More Harm Than Good

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am 14 and a freshman in high school. I'm not allowed to date (my mother's rule), but I really like a boy. I think of him all the time. Thankfully, I'm his friend, but he already has a girlfriend.

It hurts me to keep my feelings secret, and that he's happy with another girl. I don't want to ruin his relationship, but it sometimes ...Read more

 
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