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
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
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
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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
Dear Annie: I am quite a bit overweight. My 29-year-old daughter is concerned that I might have a heart attack and die on her. Meanwhile, she has been smoking cigarettes since she was 16 years old. She said to me, "If you have gastric bypass surgery, I will quit smoking."
My sister says I should absolutely do it because I might be saving my ...Read more
Dear Annie: As a witness to a friend's marriage, I vowed to help keep their relationship strong. Would you please print something I could give them about verbal abuse?
His wife has a serious drinking problem, and when she's had too much, she goes berserk, screaming hateful things to her husband in front of others. It's horrific. I can't tell ...Read more
Dear Annie: I have been dating "Pete" for three years and never get invited to his place. He lives in a mobile home. At first, he said he was embarrassed for me to visit. I did see it once and thought it wasn't bad at all. He has since remodeled the place, so I expected to be invited over to see the results. Nope.
Pete's adult children live ...Read more
Dear Annie: I would like to comment on Gail Rae-Garwood's letter about kidney disease.
I retired in 2010, and like a lot of retirees, I was complacent about my health. I had been taking insulin for my diabetes for 20 years and had high cholesterol and elevated blood pressure. I finally went in for my annual checkup and was shocked to learn that...Read more
Dear Annie: My husband keeps telling our sons that they can do whatever they want when I tell them no and that they don't need to listen to me. He is never on my side. The kids make fun of me and call me names, and Dad doesn't seem to care. When I insist that he back me up, he slaps them on the head.
I'm tired of him undermining me and ...Read more
Dear Annie: Several years ago, I went to a massage parlor and paid a woman for sex. This same woman recently got a job in the office where I work. There are only nine employees.
This is an unbelievable coincidence. We get along pretty well as co-workers and are respectful toward each other. But it's awkward when we bump into each other in the ...Read more
Dear Annie: My stepson, "Louis," is 45 years old, has been unemployed for the past 10 years (he never gets along with his bosses or co-workers) and got busted for DUI, for which he underwent court-appointed treatment and had his license revoked for five years.
When his dad and I married, we moved into my home, and Louis moved into his father's ...Read more
Dear Annie: I am 27 and am engaged to my 26-year-old fiancee. However, she recently told me about her college days, which included a lot of sex with both men and women, sometimes in groups. She said she really enjoyed it but it is in the past.
I find it difficult to understand why she didn't tell me this long ago, and I wonder where her head is...Read more
Dear Annie: My 26-year-old son graduated from college three years ago. He worked for his father for one year, worked on a marijuana farm for one year and has been living off of his savings for the past eight months. He hasn't been looking for a job. He says he doesn't want to work for someone else.
Now he says he wants to move back to our town ...Read more
Dear Annie: I've been married for 20 years. My husband had a great job that allowed him to support me while I completed my education. Our financial situation diminished, but as long as we could share responsibilities, it was OK with me.
When I entered the job force, there was a radical shift. I became responsible for every single bill. There ...Read more
Dear Annie: I enjoy reading your column and agree with most of your advice, including your recommendations when it comes to handling alcohol addictions and binge drinking.
I do not work in this field, but I've seen alternatives to AA that may be more palatable to some who are seeking assistance. Would you print this information, too? -- Albany ...Read more
Dear Annie: Four years ago, I caught my husband lying and cheating in an emotional affair (he says there was never any sex). He and this same woman had been cheating for 10 years. She is married with grown children. She never told her husband what she did, so she has gotten away with it.
We went to counseling, and it seems that my husband is on...Read more
Dear Annie: My husband and I live in Minnesota. His 78-year-old stepbrother lives by himself in Florida. "Horace" has a part-time job and goes to church regularly, but otherwise sticks to himself. He has only a nodding acquaintance with the neighbors.
We are his only family. We are the ones who initiate phone calls and send cards on holidays. ...Read more
Dear Annie: Did you know that an estimated 16 million youth participate in volunteer activities in the U.S. every year, and that by volunteering these young people will perform better in school? These amazing kids do everything from collecting gently used books and developing literacy programs to creating anti-bullying campaigns in school ...Read more
Dear Annie: My mother is approaching 80, and after raising three of us, she is in declining health. My brother and sister live near Mom, but I couldn't handle big-city life, so after I married, we moved to my wife's hometown.
I don't drive, so visiting my family always means relying on my wife, and she is perpetually late. And the drive there ...Read more
Dear Annie: A few years ago, my brother announced that he should have been born a female. He started counseling and three years ago legally changed his first name and began living as a woman. This devastated my parents and two of my siblings, and they have disowned him.
I have not seen my brother since then. Our youngest sibling, "Paul," ...Read more