Dear Annie: I have been married to "Tom" for 30 years, and we've raised two successful children. Tom is a nice guy, but he is a binge drinker and has been all the years I have known him.
I didn't recognize this as alcoholism until 10 years ago. Tom has been in therapy ever since. It has increased his awareness, but hasn't stopped the binging. ...Read more
Dear Annie: My children's grandmother passed away a few weeks ago after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Her children decided to have a service in the northeast where her husband is buried and where they all grew up. None of them lives anywhere near that area. I live 1,200 miles away.
I was very close to that family for 13 years before my ...Read more
Dear Annie: Twelve years ago, my son moved his girlfriend into our home. "Lena" lived with us for four years, and we treated her like family. They broke up, and Lena moved out. She then married someone else and now has an adorable 6-year-old daughter. We have remained such good friends with her that my husband walked her down the aisle at her ...Read more
Dear Annie: I have helped my wife's daughter and family financially many times over the past 15 years. Eighteen months ago, I loaned them $600, and they promised they would pay me back. (My previous loans were gifts.)
The daughter's husband has a well-paying job, but he is slow to repay this loan. Three months ago, I received a check for $40, ...Read more
Dear Annie: How much can I ask my host about etiquette for her overseas wedding?
I live in Canada. The bride is French. I met her when she was briefly living in my hometown. She went back to France two years ago, and now she's getting married there. The wedding invitation was sent to my name only, and there was not any kind of RSVP card that I'...Read more
Dear Annie: Young people are ready, willing and able to tackle the world's most difficult challenges, and yet are vastly underrepresented as active citizens, decision-makers and problem solvers. We know that young people are uniquely suited to help solve problems if given the opportunity.
1. Fifty percent of the world's population is under age ...Read more
Dear Annie: I am a disabled single mother of two, and I work part time. We live in a modest mobile home that is becoming too difficult for me to maintain. The hard winter resulted in frequent frozen water pipes, no heat and high utility bills.
My parents have offered to purchase a house for us, and I would only have to pay the taxes. The ...Read more
Dear Annie: I moved into a nice apartment complex some time ago and have enjoyed it, with the exception of the neighbors on one side. "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" are overbearing. At first, they reached out in friendship, and I was welcoming. However, I soon found them invading my personal space. As soon as I come home, one of them shows up within ...Read more
Dear Annie: Why is it that I know six women who are divorcing their husbands? Why are there so many middle-aged men newly divorced? Why does it take a divorce to wake guys up?
I'm 47 and have been married to my husband for almost 25 years. He is a good dad. He can fix almost anything. But the older he gets the more he is happy to sit on the ...Read more
Dear Annie: About 10 years ago, I was working on a remodel project and discovered a hidden "treasure": three dusty books stashed above some ductwork. Two were personal journals, and another was an art book with sexy photographs from the 1980s.
I briefly glanced at the journals and noticed they dealt with some romantic breakups. I didn't read ...Read more