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Dreading Wife's Reaction

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am in my 70s, have been married for 42 years and have three grown children. I found out two years ago that I had a child with a woman I had dated 10 years before I met my wife. Her daughter tracked me down and contacted me. She said that he had been put up for adoption, but she tracked him down because her mother was ill and ...Read more

Possible stalking victim fears she may deserve it

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My former boss is stalking me. I left my job, and now he is frequenting my house and new workplace by driving by. I, unfortunately, had an affair with this man over 10 years ago. I realize I overstepped boundaries by having the affair with him. I also stayed in the job after the affair had ended because I couldn't find work elsewhere. ...Read more

Affair That Led To A Long Marriage Remains A Secret

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Many years ago, I had an affair with a married man. We eventually married and have had a long, happy life together. It was love at first sight for me. Both of us had children with our former spouses.

Since no one knows about our affair, I'm wondering what I should do with our love letters and the poems we wrote to each other over ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/26/2019

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: I read the letter from "Saddened," whose wife has cut off sex. I want to knock some sense into people like you. Life has different stages. We've done the sex thing. Why should women look for help? Where are the medications that reduce libido in males? Why doesn't he get counseling and learn to enjoy life without sex? A complete ...Read more

How to help my husband deal with his abusive mother

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Dear Carolyn:

When I married my wonderful husband, he asked if we could cut ties with his family. I thought he was joking.

He grew up in a verbally and emotionally abusive household -- something I will never fully understand, but definitely didn't grasp pre-marriage. While his mother was also a victim (her father was the abuser), she is the...Read more

Concerns About Cross-Country Trek

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: Every summer for the last 15 years, my mother has insisted on driving 1,500 miles to spend 10 days with me. We have had some really fun visits, but now she is 88 years old and just had heart surgery. She frequently falls despite using a walker. Additionally, she drives with my brother with special needs, who also has mobility ...Read more

Sexy senior singleton seeks same

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: After 25 years, my marriage reached a dead end, and I took the leap into singledom at age 63.

I am now a vibrant, attractive divorced woman with a lot to offer. I look forward to spending the next chapter of my life with a special man.

In the last year I've dated two men -- both loving, age-appropriate companions -- who claimed to ...Read more

Honest Teen Loses Motivation As Classmates Win By Cheating

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My son attends an excellent public high school and has done very well. His class is scheduled to graduate in a few weeks, and Brent has been accepted to an excellent university.

My concern is Brent routinely reports blatant and widespread cheating throughout the school. The valedictorian cheated his way to the top of the class, a ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/25/2019

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: I am a high school student. Last year, "Ellie" invited me to her 16th birthday party, and after that, we became inseparable best friends. She was wonderful and supportive.

Lately, we have grown more and more distant. A few weeks ago, Ellie's family had a crisis, and we took up a collection to help. I didn't want Ellie to feel like a...Read more

How to handle brother's yelling at Mom -- and he's her caregiver

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

My brother and I are facing making some very difficult decisions for our mother, in her 90s, who lives alone still, but soon will need to be in assisted living or a nursing home.

My brother "Calvin" is Mom's trustee and has her power of attorney, and he lives closer to her than ...Read more

True Friendships Go the Distance

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I'm in a really bittersweet situation. I hit it off with a friend who happens to live quite far away. The time we've spent hanging out has been awesome, and I'm beyond thankful to have them in my life. But I'm frustrated by the distance. I'm not scared we'll drift apart, but I am anxious about how little face time we have between ...Read more

Parenthood points and perks don't add up

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My husband and I met five years ago. We traveled extensively, mostly out of necessity. I worked as a consultant, traveling for work.

Vacations were great because my work travel gave me point status at hotels, as well as big client bonuses.

I now work from home and take care of our 1-year-old.

My husband and I were planning a ...Read more

Acupuncturist Gets Stuck With The Dinner Bill -- Twice

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a licensed acupuncturist. One of my patients (also male) asked me to dinner, and since he seemed like a decent guy, I decided to go. After we finished and the $60 bill arrived, he told me he had forgotten his wallet and I needed to pay, which I did. After dinner he took me back to his house to supposedly show me some recent ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/24/2019

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: My boyfriend, "Joe," and I have been together for five years. My son (from a previous relationship) and I moved away from family and friends to live with him. Shortly after moving, I became pregnant with our daughter.

At first, our relationship was perfect. Joe was sweet, kind and helpful. Now, we get into a lot of disagreements ...Read more

Dealing with family's frustration over wedding in Hawaii

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Dear Carolyn:

My fiance and I are planning a Hawaii wedding. We're from the east coast. We would love for all of our family to make the wedding, but we understand some of our family and friends won't be able to make it.

I have an aunt who is notorious for influencing others to make family vacation plans within driving distance because she ...Read more

There's Something About Marriott

I'm a married lesbian. Yesterday on the phone, my wife invited her sister to spend the night (in our small one-bedroom apartment) without asking me. When I confronted her, saying it's OUR home, she said, "It's my sister!" Family's very important to her, and her sister didn't come, so I let it go. But what's the protocol with guests, ...Read more

Gossip Leads to Nothing Good

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My co-worker, "Jane," is the front-desk person and has a bird's-eye view to everything. For the past several years she has noticed that it appears that my supervisor is having an affair with another co-worker. I, too, have noticed what appear to be signs of an affair. Although I do not approve (if this is the case), I am able to ...Read more

Former high school jerk yearns to make amends

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I was a very unhappy person up until my 20s. I'll spare you the melodrama, but I didn't grow up in the best home and had very poor social skills. After learning to manage some real anxiety and depression issues and a lot of therapy, I've been in a much better place for a long time. I'm now in my late 40s.

After a recent class reunion ...Read more

Woman Enjoys Dating, But Is Distracted By Online Romance

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a woman who has re-entered the dating pool after a few years of being single. I have gone on some amazing dates with fabulous men.

I met someone online last summer. Miles had a similar story -- long, bad marriage and now living life to the fullest. I adore his personality (and looks), but I have never met him in person. We talk ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/23/2019

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /


Dear Annie: I am very close to my 12-year-old grandson. His family life is not good, and since his parents live nearby, the boy is at my house more often than not.

The problem is, he started sleeping ...Read more


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