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Educating Readers on Prosopagnosia

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I read your column every day and am a faithful fan. Your column reaches a multitude of readers and is a valuable way to enlighten and educate on topics either not talked about or not well known. I wanted to write to you about a condition that my son has, in hopes of educating people about it, as there are many others who have the ...Read more

Hoarding disorder creates messy situation

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My son and my oldest daughter, "Kelsie," share an apartment.

I live in another state.

I'm worried about Kelsie. She has always been extremely messy. I have learned that issues with hoarding/OCD may be inherited, and I always assumed that Kelsie's issues were passed down through her father.

Kelsie's problem has gotten worse over the ...Read more

Single Man Falls Off Friends' Radar After They Get Married

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 26-year-old single man. Most of my good friends are getting married, and when they do, they stop speaking to me. I have a hard time not resenting them for it. It makes me feel my company was a placeholder until they got married, and I'm not worth keeping around now that they have what they really want. It makes me feel like a ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 6/18/2019

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: My husband calls me the "Throwaway Queen." I have gotten into hot water for not asking before I trashed something. Now I think I've made a huge mistake.

My husband is now far into dementia. We are thinking of moving, so I started cleaning out storage bins. I threw away two items of my husband's that had been in those bins for years....Read more

My fiance's divorced parents hate each other, and they're both coming to our wedding

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

My fiance's parents divorced around the time he and his siblings graduated from college, nearly a decade ago. Since the last one's graduation, they have not seen each other in person and have not communicated in at least five years. None of the kids has gotten married, had a child or, ...Read more

Continuing to Honor All Fathers

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Readers: Fathers and father figures deserve more than one day of recognition for all their work and love, and the amount of beautiful words sent in reflected this. Below are a few more moving tributes submitted for Father's Day.

'My Father's Example'

A father gives instruction to his family,

Is willing to go the extra mile.

Always ...Read more

Grief and confusion upset homesick student

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I'm writing to ask for your insight and advice on some feelings I have encountered off and on for the past few years.

I'm currently on a language exchange in Lyon, France, and the other day a bomb went off in a very busy neighborhood. Thankfully no one was critically hurt.

When I learned about what happened, I messaged my loved ones ...Read more

Sports Fan's Mania Leaves Little Time For Relationship

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I are both 34 and have been dating for eight years. I love him, but I'm tired of him being so selfish and self-centered. His free time revolves around hockey games on the ice and on TV, baseball on the field and on TV and football season TV. Basically, his butt is glued to the couch.

Every day when I get home from a ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 6/17/2019

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: I have been married for four years. In that time, we have split up twice, and it wasn't pretty either time. We have kids together. I pushed getting married when I became pregnant at 19. Then he claimed to fall out of love with me, stopped coming home after work and began treating me like his maid. So I left and took our child. He ...Read more

I have a Ph.D., but my narcissistic mom shames me for being a housewife

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi, Carolyn:

I have a narcissistic mother whom I escaped by immigrating to the U.S. to pursue a Ph.D. in economics at Stanford University. After working for a number of years, I quit my job to take care of my son.

When I visit my country of birth and am asked what I do for a living, my mother...Read more

An Ode to All Fathers

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Readers: Below are just a few of the very touching and beautiful tributes you submitted for Fathers Day. It was so nice to read about all of the love, gratitude and humor you expressed about your fathers. Happy Father's Day.

Dear Annie: My 94-year-old father, Fred Koenig, has been writing poetry for many years. We have printed a book of ...Read more

No matter how many marriages you've had, please don't stay in an abusive relationship

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Dear Carolyn:

I was married to my ex for 20 years when we divorced. I wasn't attractive to him anymore since I gained weight with our three children -- his exact words.

I am now married to a woman. I have found myself on the receiving end of punches from her multiple times, each time with apologies. Recently, I was in our bedroom with the ...Read more

Man Wonders About Finding Fulfillment After He Retires

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have had a wonderful and fulfilling career, and a life with a few hard bumps along the road. My wife and I enjoy spending time together as empty nesters.

For the last 16 years, I have built and led several not-for-profit organizations. After the last experience ended, we relocated, and I now have a less-demanding job I hope will ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 6/16/2019

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: As a father of three, I always find Father's Day a little misleading. Kids don't have to purchase an overpriced card or tie to show their appreciation. I'd rather they simply keep doing what they are already doing: working hard in school. They don't have to be scholars or make the honor roll every time. Just doing their best is good ...Read more

Assumptions Disrupting Friendship

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I have known one of my friends, "Pam," for more than 50 years, and at times she has been a very good friend. She and her husband introduced me to my now-ex-husband and were both in my wedding party.

Last year, I had a disagreement with a mutual friend, "Sharon." Quite frankly, I thought Sharon was in the wrong, but I decided her ...Read more

Anxious bridesmaid feels she ruined a wedding

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My best friend and I have been drifting apart, due to conflicting schedules, but we still always tried to make time for each other.

Last year she asked me to be maid of honor for her wedding. I was flattered and very nervous, as I have severe social anxiety.

Eventually, she "demoted" me to bridesmaid and had another person step in. ...Read more

Serial Dater's Love Life Is Hard For His Friend To Watch

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have a guy friend who goes from girl to girl constantly. People talk about what a player he is and say he doesn't really like the women he's dating. He has been called desperate -- among other things. None of this ever gets to him. Even though we are just close friends, he has even asked ME out.

I think he's doing things all wrong,...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 6/15/2019

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: I have been with "Robert" for three years, and we have been through a lot. We've always had financial issues, but six months ago, we had to give up our baby girl for adoption because we couldn't care for her properly.

Emotionally, this has destroyed both of us, but thankfully, I began going to counseling early on, and it has helped....Read more

Uncomfortable with friend's husband's comments on her pregnancy weight gain

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

I had a baby six months ago. Due to luck, general good health, and diet/exercise, I gained a fairly small amount of weight during pregnancy and shed it pretty quickly afterward.

My friend "Mia" is 18 weeks pregnant with her first baby and has gained substantially more weight ...Read more

First the Cheating, Then the Crazy

I've done a few columns lately about wives gone wild. Today, we have a husband run rowdy.

Emma says that every time she and her husband Barney had an argument, he would punish her by going to a singles event, meeting some woman and stringing her along.

"The first time I caught him was after I had a funny premonition that something was wrong....Read more


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