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Annie's Mailbox for 5/26/2016

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Dear Annie: Until two years ago, I thought we had a loving family, even though my husband and I are divorced. We have two grown children in their 50s.

Two years ago, my son asked me to co-sign a college loan for his child. When I declined, he said he was "done with this whole family," and has not spoken to any of us since.

I live several ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/25/2016

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Dear Annie: I am 71 years old, and I have taken care of my neighbor, "Martha," for 15 years. I did everything for Martha, including shopping, taking her to doctor appointments and fixing anything that needed repairs. She passed away last year and had no will.

Martha has one daughter who lives in another state. The daughter left with her stepdad...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/24/2016

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Dear Annie: We live in a friendly town. Yet, we have some residents who are terribly disrespectful people of other people's property.

We've had dogs and love dogs, but we would never think of taking our dog to our neighbor's lawn to do its duty. We've consulted several experts and they all say that the dog's urine can cause brown spots on the ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/23/2016

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Dear Annie: I work in an area where we are allowed to listen to the radio during work hours. This is great, as I enjoy the music. The problem is, one of our co-workers feels the need to loudly sing along to the songs. It is extremely annoying and also distracting.

I am hoping this letter will be an eye-opener to all of those people who act like...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/22/2016

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Dear Annie: I recently attended a large social event fundraiser with some close friends. We were seated at tables of 10, and finger food was passed around.

One of the women sitting at my table ("Claudia") said she couldn't eat much because she hadn't been feeling well. There were no outward signs of a cold or other communicable disease, so we ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/21/2016

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Dear Annie: "Can't Win in Tennessee" said his wife calls him names, constantly criticizes him and threatens divorce. You correctly told him that he was in an abusive marriage. What you didn't point out is that his two young children are also being damaged by his wife's psychologically abusive behavior, even if it is not directed at them. From my...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/20/2016

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Dear Annie: I have increasingly noticed how loud people can be in public places. On a recent short regional flight, I sat in front of two men who I quickly learned work for the same large company. They began chatting about their lives from the moment we left the gate and didn't stop until we landed. One man spoke with an appropriate indoor voice...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/19/2016

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Dear Annie: I've been living with my boyfriend for nine years and we have a son together. Over the 14 years that we've known each other, we've had our share of problems, but it's gotten worse in the last couple of years.

Two months ago, "John" totally changed, and I found out he was being unfaithful. Of course, he denies it, but I have proof. I...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/18/2016

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Dear Annie: I am a widow in my 70s. My husband and I had no children and not much of a social life. When he died a few years ago, I was desolate. I took on a part-time job and met a divorced woman close to my age and we have become good friends. It has been wonderful, as I have never had a close friend before.

I really like "Jeanette," and she ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/17/2016

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Dear Annie: Several months ago, my fiancee of two years announced that she wanted to date other people. Although I knew things had not been good between us, I was devastated.

We met on the Internet, and I saw that she was back on the same website. I talked to her, hoping she would give me a sign that she wanted to get back together, but she ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/16/2016

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Dear Annie: I have a co-worker who often shows up late, constantly complains about how he doesn't want to be "here" (in this city, at this job, etc.), spends most of his time reading Facebook posts aloud or trying to chat with the rest of the people in our department and generally wastes his time when he's supposed to be working.

Our department...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/15/2016

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Dear Annie: Last weekend, my youngest daughter got her driver's license. She is now able to take herself places, thus dissolving the role of our nanny, "Maria."

Maria has been part of our family for 20 years, since my oldest child was 3 months old. My youngest daughter has known her for her entire life. Maria has picked up my daughter from ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/14/2016

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Dear Annie: I read the letter from "The Family Mistake," the 12-year-old boy whose nearest sibling is 29. He hates his life, saying people assume he's the grandchild, and his parents call him a "mistake." He said his parents are in their 50s.

My husband and I are in our 50s. We have three kids between the ages of 9 and 13. No one has mistaken ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/13/2016

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Dear Annie: I'd like to fix the relationship between my fiancee and my mother before things get out of hand.

My fiancee, "Beth," fixates on instances where she feels my mother has slighted her. For example, Beth calls me by a shortened version of my name, a nickname my mother hates and has ranted on about. My mother has also raved about the ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/12/2016

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Dear Annie: After my mother died 10 years ago, Dad asked his four daughters what to do with the small cabin he owned upstate. Three of us told him to sell it. My oldest sister, "Charlene," however, asked if she could use it as a vacation home. She said she would help pay the property taxes and make sure it was taken care of, in exchange for ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/11/2016

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Dear Annie: We raised our son in the Midwest, and paid for his tuition to follow his dream to go to an Ivy League college where he met his future wife. Now that he is married, he lives in a large east coast city and is surrounded by his wife's family. We barely hear from him.

Our son and his wife go on luxury vacations with her family and spend...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/10/2016

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Dear Annie: What is the polite thing to do with a guest who carries a gun?

I do not like guns in my house, but I have a friend who adamantly refuses to leave his gun at home when he comes here. Do people who carry a concealed weapon have an obligation to notify the host before entering their residence? -- Pennsylvania

Dear Pennsylvania: Yes. ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/9/2016

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Dear Annie: I have suffered with lymphoma for 17 years, but praise God, I am doing well now. Ten years ago, my sister, "June," was tested to see if she could be a bone marrow donor. She was a perfect genetic match and bragged that she had the "right stuff." The donation wasn't necessary at that time, but it was reassuring.

June began calling me...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/8/2016

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Dear Readers: Happy Mother's Day. Please phone your mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, stepmother or foster mother and wish them the best. And please don't forget those for whom this day, for whatever reason, is filled with sadness. Give them a call and say you are thinking of them.

Dear Annie: A few years back, you reprinted a lovely poem ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/7/2016

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Dear Annie: I am a 15-year-old boy and an only child. I get good grades and my social life is somewhat fair. I have no drama except for one thing -- my mom.

Mom is 40 years old and has a full-time job. But every time she talks to me, she yells. No one can tell her that she needs help -- she gets angry. She cooks, but rarely cleans. I do most of...Read more


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