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Wedding Guests Left Hanging

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I recently attended a couple of weddings that left me baffled.

The custom of most weddings in the Midwest is for the wedding couple and their wedding party to hire a limo, party bus or some other method of transportation to take the whole group around to various bars after the wedding ceremony and before the reception, usually ...Read more

Baby might not bring troubled siblings together

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My only brother and I have always had a difficult relationship. About two years ago, we stopped talking completely.

When my husband and I found out that we were expecting our first child, I reached out to my brother to share the news. He was overjoyed, and we had a long conversation in which he apologized for his past behavior and ...Read more

Teen Is Tasked With Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner -- Alone

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a 17-year-old girl and somewhat spoiled. My mother delivers breakfast in bed to me daily. My dad eats a burger for dinner, but Mom cooks a ribeye steak with a loaded baked potato for me.

I don't know how to cook, but Dad says I must cook a complete Thanksgiving dinner with no assistance! My smartphone will help, but do you have ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 11/18/2017

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: Not too long ago, my life was perfect: great marriage, good kids, well established in our community and a fantastic sex life. Three years ago, at the age of 49, my husband retired after a 30-year career in law enforcement. He retired with no plans, hobbies, friends or passions. Now our life is hell.

Four months before his ...Read more

Single-mother-to-be should not delay pregnancy

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

Recently you gave advice about how it's "never the perfect time to have a baby," and that's true, but does the calculation change any if you're planning to be a single mom?

I'm 36 and a year ago I broke up with a guy who still needed more time to decide about marriage/children. Since ...Read more

Taker in the Form of a Giver

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My brother-in-law, "Tom," is 70 years old and a totally disabled Navy veteran. He has been duped by a con man, "Mack."

Mack lived upstairs from Tom in an apartment building. Mack started a friendship with Tom, doing errands for him and otherwise helping him. Tom trusted Mack with his debit card, and Mack would go to the grocery ...Read more

Student ponders impact of workplace harassment

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I am currently a first semester student at a highly selective professional school. Because of the public nature of our future occupation(s), as students we are insanely private in terms of our personal conduct and on social media. Still, friendships have developed within the group.

Seven of us are completing an externship together, ...Read more

Friendship Fades Following Criticism Of Husband's Jokes

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been friends with Martha for 40 years. We live a few hundred miles apart, so I like to call her and chat. The problem is, her husband always answers the phone, and he likes to give me a hard time.

When I identify myself and ask to speak to Martha, he says he doesn't know anyone by my name, or says there's no Martha living ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 11/17/2017

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: I'm in my 30s. Four years ago, I was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome after a two-year career ended in disaster. It was my mother who suspected what was wrong. It explained the problems I've had -- no friends, no social life and the inability to hold down a job, among others. I knew there was something wrong with me. I couldn't ...Read more

Wife makes her sisters suffer the silent treatment

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Dear Carolyn:

My wife is a wonderfully sensible person and appropriately sensitive. She is the oldest of three sisters and often feels left out. The age and geographical distance make it understandable that her two sisters have a much closer relationship.

Still, they left her out of a big announcement, and my wife is hurt and now doesn't ...Read more

No Consequences for Bad Behavior

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am inclined to ask for an outside opinion after spending time with my grandkids at their home last night and witnessing a lot of violent behavior with which they got away. It was an emotional roller coaster. I saw the eldest sibling behaving roughly with his younger siblings. The parents threatened to take away a favorite toy as ...Read more

Husband wants wife to shed some weight

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My wife has put on a few pounds, to the extent that it is probably not good for her long-term health.

My wife is attractive, takes good care of herself, and has no current health problems, but I am concerned that she's putting herself at risk for future health problems if she does not take measures now.

After a weight loss program to...Read more

Husband wants wife to shed some weight

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My wife has put on a few pounds, to the extent that it is probably not good for her long-term health.

My wife is attractive, takes good care of herself, and has no current health problems, but I am concerned that she's putting herself at risk for future health problems if she does not take measures now.

After a weight loss program to...Read more

Man Who Hates His Job Drags Girlfriend Down With Griping

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been dating my boyfriend for three years. We have lived together for the last two. We have a great life together, but there is a problem I don't know how to solve. Jeremy hates his job.

We met in the education department of our college, and after graduation, we both took jobs in the public school system. I enjoy my career, but...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 11/16/2017

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for 16 years. We have two children, one with Asperger syndrome.

Over the years, my sex drive has waned because of stress, age, work, children, etc. I try to make an effort to be intimate every week. I've seen a doctor to check my hormone levels, and we are already in family counseling because of ...Read more

Should a 17-year-old be buying lingerie for his girlfriend?

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

My 17-year-old grandson bought his 17-year-old girlfriend of barely two months lingerie from Victoria's Secret. I think this is very inappropriate. He thinks I'm a dinosaur. Guidance, please?

-- Dinosaur

I think if you were his parent, then this would be a great "last call" bell, ...Read more

Adventures With Social Media

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: In this day and age, it is very hard to ignore what people are doing in their private lives when it's plastered all over Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Specifically, I am referring to photos of social gatherings that have me feeling left out.

I have a grown child who is married. Recently, the married couple moved. When they ...Read more

Sister wrestles with addiction and homelessness

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I allowed my sister, her dog and her friend to stay at my house instead of being homeless and sleeping on the street. The problem is, they are both alcoholics and will not try to get help or try to get a job to pay some kind of rent.

I asked them both to make other living arrangements. They decided to sleep outside my house on the ...Read more

Sister wrestles with addiction and homelessness

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I allowed my sister, her dog and her friend to stay at my house instead of being homeless and sleeping on the street. The problem is, they are both alcoholics and will not try to get help or try to get a job to pay some kind of rent.

I asked them both to make other living arrangements. They decided to sleep outside my house on the ...Read more

Well-Written Thank-Yous Don't Have To Be Long Compositions

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: You have mentioned in the past that you have a booklet on writing letters, including thank-you notes. Where do I send for it? I'll need four because my grandkids are lacking in that area.

It's truly a shame that younger generations haven't been taught about the importance of such notes. A simple thank you can not only open doors of ...Read more

 

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