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Woman Discovers Man's Eyes Aren't Wandering By Accident

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a 58-year-old, twice divorced, hard-working, middle-class female. I spend most of my time working and involved with my three adult children. About a year ago I started dating someone. He is 63, very helpful and claims he's madly in love with me and appreciates this opportunity for a normal, wholesome life.

Occasionally I'll ...Read more

Wedding May Be Wrong Time For Found Father To Reappear

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am 32 and getting married in a year. My biological father lives in Spain and has never been to the U.S. My mother met him when she was teaching English there. I was born in the states and never knew or spoke to my dad growing up. When I was 5, I was adopted by my mom's then-husband.

At 20, while studying in Spain, I located my ...Read more

Grandma's Pictures Don't Make The Cut In Mom's Memory Book

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Throughout my three grandchildren's lives, I have picked them up from school, and attended school functions, games and activities in which they have participated. Their parents work, and I was helping out.

I have given them money for camps, clothes for all changes of season, and anything they especially needed or wanted. I baby-sat ...Read more

Wife Fears Husband's Health Puts Her Future In Jeopardy

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am the 24/7 caregiver for my husband, Earl. We were both widowed when we married nine years ago. His daughter, Mindy, hasn't talked to her father for six years -- hasn't called, emailed or even sent a birthday card. If he tried calling her, she wouldn't pick up.

Recently, Earl had a serious health problem resulting in a colostomy ...Read more

Mom's Helpful Hints Become Criticism In Girlfriend's Ears

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm frustrated about how to connect with my young adult son's 18-year-old girlfriend. He told me she has a bad relationship with her divorced parents, so he's hoping we can bond.

A problem that comes up frequently is, she's so anxious to show me how skilled and knowledgeable she is, she misses any tips and techniques I try to subtly ...Read more

Daughter Struggles To Resolve Mom's Failure To Defend Her

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm in my early 50s, disabled and live with my elderly mother. Between the ages of 8 and 11 I was sexually abused by my adoptive father. My mother finally caught him in the act, but the next day they acted like nothing had happened. He never did it again, and it was never spoken about, ever.

I have read about women who caught their ...Read more

Wife Learns Man Was Seeking More Than Exercise At The Gym

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been with my husband for 10 years. We were married six months ago. Before the wedding, we had some breakups. During one of them, he dated another woman briefly. The encounter led to her becoming pregnant, and she gave birth to a boy who is now a year old. I learned about her and her pregnancy five months before our wedding, but...Read more

Hospital Worker Violated Law By Reading Husband's Records

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Concerned in Massachusetts (Feb. 20) used her status as a hospital employee to access her husband's medical records and found a history of STDs. I'm a registered nurse with 40 years' experience. Every healthcare organization I know of teaches all their employees about HIPAA violations and that accessing private patient medical ...Read more

Curious Daughter Discovers A Bombshell In Mom's Diary

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I recently found a notebook of my mom's. On the outside cover it said, Disclaimer: Do Not Open Unless You're Me! Being the curious soul that I am, I opened it despite the disclaimer.

As I flipped through the pages, I learned many things about my mom that I didn't know, like her faith in God and how the things that happened in her ...Read more

Renter Hesitates To Act On Violence Next Door

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am currently renting a room in the house of the mother of a friend of mine. The house is also shared with my friend's younger sister, who is in a relationship with another woman. Their relationship is pretty violent. The other night I was in my room, which is located next to the sister's room, and could hear her beating up on her ...Read more

Dating Behind Parents' Back Won't Prove Teen's Maturity

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend, Aidan, and I have been dating for three months. I want to tell my parents, but I don't know how. They say I'm too young and immature to date. I'll be 16 in five months. They say Aidan is obsessed with me and they don't want me staying in an unhealthy relationship.

My parents think I'm not talking to Aidan, but I really ...Read more

Secret Engagement Should Stay Secret Awhile Longer

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been dating my boyfriend, Derek, for four years. After a night of emotion-filled discussion, he asked me to marry him. I said yes, but it has always been a difficult idea for me to wrap my head around. I'm turning 21 and although that may be old enough for some people to get married and have kids, it scares the heck out of me. ...Read more

Teacher And Heroin Addict Share A 'crazy Chemistry'

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 24-year-old teacher and graduate student. I have started dating a new man, Winston, who makes me feel incredible. We have crazy chemistry like I've never had before, and our personalities work perfectly together.

Here's the problem. Winston is a recovering heroin addict with horrible credit and two felony charges related to ...Read more

Teen Booklet Will Help Parents Start Conversation About Sex

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Do you have any information or advice on how to talk to my 12-year-old stepdaughter about sex? I have a pretty good idea about where to take the conversation. I don't plan to make it a big deal -- not so serious as to scare her, but not too lighthearted either. You never know what kids are saying about it in school these days. I want ...Read more

Woman In Wheelchair Feels No Need To Explain Her Condition

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a partially disabled person in my 70s. Because of arthritis in my spine and hip, I'm able to stand for only a few minutes and walk only 20 to 30 feet. When I know I am going to be someplace that requires more walking or standing, I use my wheelchair.

My question is: How do I reply to strangers who ask me, Why are you in a ...Read more

Couple Deep In Tax Hole Need Help In Climbing Out

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have just learned that my sister's husband of 35 years (I'll call him George) hasn't filed their personal income taxes going back a number of years. This has caused a lot of stress and anxiety for my sister, who recently underwent breast cancer treatment. Apparently, he hasn't filed because of his inability to organize. (His family ...Read more

Going Digital Leaves No Paper Trail For Survivors

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My problem concerns my children and others who may have to deal with my finances or estate should I become ill or die.

I constantly get requests from credit card companies and other businesses, like utilities, urging me to go paperless. Save a tree ... save a forest! While I'm sympathetic, I worry that if I were to get sick and no ...Read more

Wife's Future Is A Difficult Subject For Dying Husband

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband has stage 4 cancer and is in constant pain. A big worry for him is my being alone in life after his passing. Several months ago when the subject came up, I told him that while I'm not a prophet, I know I'll be OK. I'm a social person. I have a nice support group with various organizations, and I'm close with family and co-...Read more

Mom Regrets She Has Stayed In Abusive Marriage Too Long

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: How do I forgive myself for staying with my husband for the sake of the kids and because I was afraid of him? Our children are teenagers now and both suffer from low self-esteem and depression. We lived far away from any family while they were growing up, and I was financially dependent and scared. I realize now that it wasn't the ...Read more

Man Objects To Girlfriend's Family Vacation With Ex

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My girlfriend has been divorced for two years. She shares custody of her two girls, ages 5 and 6, with her ex. She wants to remain friends with him for the sake of the girls. I have supported her friendly relationship with him despite the repeated lies he tells and the deceptive stories he makes up in an attempt to break us up.

...Read more

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