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Annie's Mailbox for 8/28/2015

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Dear Annie: My parents own a good amount of land in their native country. When I was growing up, they paid for my tuition but were not very supportive emotionally. I sponsored them to come to the U.S., and because they didn't speak English (and still don't), I helped them find jobs.

The problem is, my parents are giving everything they own and ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/27/2015

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Dear Annie: I am a 27-year-old woman and have been verbally invited to a few weddings this year. For one, we were told to "save the date" a year in advance. I never received an actual invitation and their wedding was last weekend. The pictures are popping up on Facebook.

The second wedding, the bride and I were close, then had a falling out, ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/26/2015

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Dear Annie: My husband, "Ben," and I each lost a spouse and then found each other. We live in the same house with one of his daughters and a granddaughter. Ben is quite attached to this house. The two daughters are the owners now, but their father bought it originally and has always maintained it.

The daughter who lives here has a neurological ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/25/2015

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Dear Annie: My heart is breaking for my sister. She has been married to the same man for more than 30 years and he has never been kind or respectful toward her. They have two married sons and a grandchild with health problems. My sister loves that grandchild more than life itself, but she rarely gets to see him. Worse, her sons treat her ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/24/2015

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Dear Annie: Six years ago, our daughter left her dog with us. We've grown to love "Lassie" and would never give her back now. But she wears down the furniture, scratches the floors and leaves lots of hair all over.

Last year, we were blessed with grandkids, so now our living room is gated off from Lassie. We keep her in a large crate, which is ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/23/2015

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Dear Annie: Years ago, I was engaged to a man who I thought was the love of my life. But at college, he ghosted me -- leaving without an explanation. This was horribly wounding and I never recovered. I am still single, though I haven't stopped looking for that special someone.

My ex-fiance eventually married a woman who made no demands on him, ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/22/2015

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Dear Annie: I recently spoke to my 80-year-old dad about taking him to his home state to attend an upcoming event. I thought it might be nice to see other family members, too. I planned to contact relatives and reserve a pavilion at a nearby park for other group activities.

I mentioned the idea to my sister, so she could save the date. I did ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/21/2015

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Dear Annie: I am a 29-year-old married woman with a 14-month-old son. My husband and I live one hour away from his father and stepmother, "Gladys," and two hours away from my parents. We all get along great.

When I decided to go back to work, both my mother and Gladys volunteered to watch my son two days apiece. I pay a neighbor to watch him ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/20/2015

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Dear Annie: I have been married for more than 25 years to a highly respected, professional man. He has always worked hard, rarely taking time off. My efforts to get him to vacation have not been successful. Although he no longer enjoys his work, he continues these habits to support the family.

Our children are 19 and 22 and still live at home. ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/19/2015

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Dear Annie: My nephew recently found out that he has genital herpes. He is a fine young man and had been dating the girl for a while. When they parted ways, neither of them knew she had a sexually transmitted disease.

Since finding this out, my nephew has become so depressed. He is convinced that no one will ever want him and that he will spend...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/18/2015

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Dear Annie: My daughter has been engaged for several months. Her invitations for the small, family-only wedding were handwritten and mailed six weeks before the event.

The wedding is in two weeks. Yesterday, my sister-in-law announced that she is giving my brother a surprise party on my daughter's wedding day, three hours after the ceremony ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/17/2015

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Dear Annie: My husband and I are in our 60s. Recently, he hugged a new neighbor and kissed her on the cheek. She is our age and divorced. We don't know her well at all. I was shocked, embarrassed and angry.

I commented later, asking my husband if he hugged and kissed any of the other women (all married) in our group of friends. He thinks I'm ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/16/2015

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Dear Annie: I appreciate the patriotic intent of your July 4 column, but what would my daughter and seven nieces make of the mention of 27 men but just two women? The author overlooked Sacagawea, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the myriad other female contributors to our nation's progress.

Maybe next year you could share someone's ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/15/2015

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Dear Annie: My mom is 83 years old. She wants to speak to me daily, but only to hear herself talk. She lists ingredients for the stew she is making, items on the menu at the restaurant she was at, the play-by-play about a TV show, or minute details about the neighbor's daughter's ex-husband's mother. If I have some kind of urgent message, I have...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/14/2015

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Dear Annie: I follow you on Facebook. I am 18 years old and have been with my boyfriend for more than a year. We used to spend a bit too much time together and I know it wasn't healthy, so we worked it out and now have new hobbies and see our friends a little more.

Everything is good except for one thing: His mother. She is recently divorced ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/13/2015

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Dear Annie: I have four siblings. One of my sisters thinks she has a right to invite herself to our homes, join us for dinner and attend other functions, whether we invite her or not. It's like she thinks we are joined at the hip.

For example, "Ginny" will call and ask, "Where are we going for dinner tonight?" I am tempted to reply, "I don't ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/12/2015

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Dear Annie: I was divorced in 1972 and was given custody of our 2-year-old son. As much as I didn't want the divorce, my husband was an alcoholic who refused help. I finally realized it was the only way to protect my son. My ex did not use his visitation rights and never paid child support.

I remarried when my son was 4. My new husband wanted ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/11/2015

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Dear Annie: It is a modern kind of problem to have such a long life expectancy. My husband and I are in our early 60s. His parents are in their early 90s. They still live independently and are fairly healthy. We often have family get-togethers with his parents, our children and our grandchildren.

My husband's father tells the same stories over ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/10/2015

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Dear Annie: My cousin is getting married soon and another cousin's girlfriend was invited. They have been dating for years, and I really like her. The problem is, my boyfriend was not invited, even though we, too, have been dating for years. A lot of that was long distance, so many of my family members have not yet met him.

When I received my ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/9/2015

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Dear Annie: My husband likes to unclick his seatbelt as soon as we get out of traffic. Then the seatbelt-violation warning starts pinging, and goes on and on while we drive up our driveway or into a parking lot.

I do most of the driving. I told him once that if he wants to ride with me, then he needs to leave his seatbelt buckled until the car ...Read more


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