Annie's Mailbox / Life Advice

Annie's Mailbox for 11/21/2014

Dear Annie: Two years ago, at the age of 62, I was forced to take early retirement from my teaching job. My pension is miniscule, and despite trying to find full-time work, I have only been able to string together part-time jobs. I have been ...

Annie's Mailbox for 11/20/2014

Dear Annie: My lady and I have been together for nine years, and we have a beautiful 7-year-old daughter.

We have had our own two-bedroom apartment for five years. A year ago, her mother fell ill. We decided to move her in with us to take care of...

Annie's Mailbox for 11/19/2014

Dear Annie: You recently printed a letter from a woman who asked whether her biological daughter could be a sociopath. Could you please list the characteristics of a sociopath in your column?

Our adult daughter is involved with someone we feel is...

Annie's Mailbox for 11/18/2014

Dear Annie: My son is 25 years old with a college degree and an excellent job. The sad thing is, he is depressed. He won't go for treatment. He goes to work, comes home and sits in front of his computer.

I have spoken to professionals myself, but...

Annie's Mailbox for 11/17/2014

Dear Annie: I am the stepmother of a lovely young woman, age 29. "Daria" was 2 when her mother left, and her older brother has reported that Mom was neglectful and suffered fits of rage. She actually told the children on many occasions that she ...

Annie's Mailbox for 11/16/2014

Dear Annie: I am an active person, and my wife used to be until a bout with cancer. She no longer has the physical endurance she once did. I try to make this work with shorter trips, shorter walks and simpler activities.

But when I want to do ...