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Annie's Mailbox for 4/26/2015

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Dear Annie: Several years ago, my then middle-aged husband worked for a company that employed several young attractive girls. He became friends with one of them, and they became texting buddies. Even when they both later left the company, they continued to text. I found this out after the fact. When I confronted him, he said they were "just ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/25/2015

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Dear Annie: I am so sad watching the devastating effect that parental alienation is having on my grandchildren, and I feel powerless to help them.

My daughter is the target of an ex-husband who is determined to turn their children against their mother. My 13-year-old granddaughter attempted suicide last week and went to a facility for several ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/24/2015

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Dear Annie: My husband died 11 years ago. Our son, "Marcus," was 6 at the time. His dad was in intensive care for two months, and because of his young age, our son was not allowed to see his father.

Before he died, my husband asked his younger brother to keep his drum set until Marcus turned 18. Marcus' uncles used to call him every year on his...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/23/2015

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Dear Annie: Last week, our son came home from high school and told us that a boy at his school had killed himself. The boy had been a friend of his since the fifth grade.

The school had a moment of silence over the public address system, but never mentioned the boy's name. Most of the details about the suicide are nonexistent, although there ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/22/2015

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Dear Annie: I am a 59-year-old woman. Two years ago, I met this guy, "Jake," and had feelings for him from a distance. We finally got together one night at a club. We exchanged phone numbers and then talked for about two months.

Jake invited me to his place, and we made love. For the next several months, that was the pattern -- I'd go to his ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/21/2015

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Dear Annie: I am a small-business owner. It's challenging, but I have wonderful customers who seem to like our service. So, I'd like to ask your readers a question:

Is there a business establishment that you enjoy going to? A restaurant that is part of your life? A store where you always are treated well? You can help them stay in business by ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/20/2015

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Dear Annie: For many years, I have heard about the dangers of secondhand smoke. I am a non-smoker, but was married to a smoker for 13 years and have asthma.

Now that pot is being legalized in some states, including where I live, what are the dangers of secondhand pot smoke? I haven't heard a word about it. Are the states just looking for ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/19/2015

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Dear Annie: I have been married to "Tom" for 30 years, and we've raised two successful children. Tom is a nice guy, but he is a binge drinker and has been all the years I have known him.

I didn't recognize this as alcoholism until 10 years ago. Tom has been in therapy ever since. It has increased his awareness, but hasn't stopped the binging. ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/18/2015

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Dear Annie: My children's grandmother passed away a few weeks ago after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Her children decided to have a service in the northeast where her husband is buried and where they all grew up. None of them lives anywhere near that area. I live 1,200 miles away.

I was very close to that family for 13 years before my ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/17/2015

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Dear Annie: Twelve years ago, my son moved his girlfriend into our home. "Lena" lived with us for four years, and we treated her like family. They broke up, and Lena moved out. She then married someone else and now has an adorable 6-year-old daughter. We have remained such good friends with her that my husband walked her down the aisle at her ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/16/2015

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Dear Annie: I have helped my wife's daughter and family financially many times over the past 15 years. Eighteen months ago, I loaned them $600, and they promised they would pay me back. (My previous loans were gifts.)

The daughter's husband has a well-paying job, but he is slow to repay this loan. Three months ago, I received a check for $40, ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/15/2015

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Dear Annie: How much can I ask my host about etiquette for her overseas wedding?

I live in Canada. The bride is French. I met her when she was briefly living in my hometown. She went back to France two years ago, and now she's getting married there. The wedding invitation was sent to my name only, and there was not any kind of RSVP card that I'...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/14/2015

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Dear Annie: Young people are ready, willing and able to tackle the world's most difficult challenges, and yet are vastly underrepresented as active citizens, decision-makers and problem solvers. We know that young people are uniquely suited to help solve problems if given the opportunity.

1. Fifty percent of the world's population is under age ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/13/2015

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Dear Annie: I am a disabled single mother of two, and I work part time. We live in a modest mobile home that is becoming too difficult for me to maintain. The hard winter resulted in frequent frozen water pipes, no heat and high utility bills.

My parents have offered to purchase a house for us, and I would only have to pay the taxes. The ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/12/2015

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Dear Annie: I moved into a nice apartment complex some time ago and have enjoyed it, with the exception of the neighbors on one side. "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" are overbearing. At first, they reached out in friendship, and I was welcoming. However, I soon found them invading my personal space. As soon as I come home, one of them shows up within ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/11/2015

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Dear Annie: Why is it that I know six women who are divorcing their husbands? Why are there so many middle-aged men newly divorced? Why does it take a divorce to wake guys up?

I'm 47 and have been married to my husband for almost 25 years. He is a good dad. He can fix almost anything. But the older he gets the more he is happy to sit on the ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/10/2015

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Dear Annie: About 10 years ago, I was working on a remodel project and discovered a hidden "treasure": three dusty books stashed above some ductwork. Two were personal journals, and another was an art book with sexy photographs from the 1980s.

I briefly glanced at the journals and noticed they dealt with some romantic breakups. I didn't read ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/9/2015

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Dear Annie: Eight months ago, I met the love of my life online. Everything started off great. "Jay" and I chatted every day.

However, at one point, a past lover of his intervened and warned me about some of his "issues." I became a little bit paranoid and asked Jay to explain his side of things. He didn't want to at first, but he finally ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/8/2015

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Dear Annie: I have a close acquaintance who is a fitness instructor at the health club where I often work out. Two years ago, I saw her at a local peace parade and got very worked up over something she wrote on the signs she was wearing. I became so crazed over it that I forgot myself and said some awful things about her. I also stopped going to...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/7/2015

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Dear Annie: I recently saw the results of a survey that said the more work men do around the house the less sex they get. I have seen many comments in your column from women who stated the opposite -- that if a man did more around the house, he might "get more" in the bedroom.

I have always helped out with cooking, mopping floors, doing laundry...Read more

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