Dear Annie: I'm in my late 50s, divorced with no children, and have acquired a fairly substantial estate. A year ago, I decided it was time to put my final documents in order. I looked to extended family members to divide my estate, but decided to test them first.
I contacted my sibling and then my cousin and then another cousin, etc., telling ...Read more
Dear Annie: Two months ago, I discovered that my husband had been texting and calling my oldest son's girlfriend. My son told me about it after his girlfriend asked him, "What's wrong with your father?" She said it began last June, but claimed it was only one phone call and a few texts. It made me feel ugly and unwanted.
I suspect she is ...Read more
Dear Annie: I am desperate for advice about my husband's lies. We have been together for 27 years. From the beginning, he knew that complete honesty is very important to me. I told him about my past relationships, and he told me about his. In all of our time together, he has maintained the same stories, but with enough variation to make me ...Read more
Dear Annie: I am one of 12 siblings, but the only one with multiple sclerosis. For two years, I have been without work, so I sit here daily, hoping for a visit. I know my siblings are busy, because I see photographs on social media of their many travels and moments I can only imagine having.
I'd like to ask them when was the last time they came...Read more
Dear Annie: My next-door neighbors are breeding and selling dogs illegally. Sometimes they have as many as 18 dogs in the house. The problem is having to put up with all that barking, and even worse, the smell permeates our driveway, porch and yard. It is disgusting.
We are retired and have a beautiful home. We cannot enjoy our own yard because...Read more
Dear Annie: An acquaintance of mine (I'll call her "Minnie") drops by our home once a week and stays for several hours. If we offer her a beer, she protests a little bit, but then says, "Well, OK," and then asks what kind of wine or liquor we have. She somehow makes it seem as though she is doing us a favor by accepting what we offer and then ...Read more
Dear Annie: My sister and I have always been close. Usually, little things are forgotten, but on two separate visits, "Susan" and her husband caused me a great deal of anxiety.
The first was three years ago, when they came in for her husband's birthday. I planned a party at a nice restaurant, bought gifts and made a cake. Prior to the meal, my ...Read more
Dear Annie: My daughter is getting a divorce and moving into an apartment that allows her to have two cats. The problem is, she has four cats. She asked whether I would take two of them.
I live in another state. It would be difficult to get the cats here, and I don't think I can handle them. The idea of cat hair everywhere, smelly litter boxes,...Read more
Dear Annie: I'm a 50-year-old male, not particularly tall, with a stocky (not fat) build and blond hair. I'm still a virgin.
I have dated several women over the years, but nothing intimate ever came of it. I have a good job and am well heeled. I'm not super-handsome, but I'm not unattractive, either. My personality isn't too bad, but somehow, I...Read more
Dear Annie: My 84-year-old mother had a stroke several months ago. Her insurance covers hospitalization, doctor visits, prescriptions and therapists, but I have to cover the co-pays. Mom now resides in a group home, and I am also paying the difference between the cost of the home and what Mom's pension covers. Mom can barely speak, so I handle ...Read more
Dear Annie: My wife and I have been married for 35 years. We were in our late 20s when we wed. I was living on my own, and she was living with her parents and brother in a filthy house.
My wife promised that our house would always be clean. But after 15 years, it started looking like her parents' house. She never throws anything away. I am ...Read more
Dear Annie: I have been the stepmom to grown stepchildren for 20 years. Their father died a few years ago. We live in the same town, and their mother, his ex, is also here.
I am ready to give up on any relationship with them. I invite them to do things, communicate often and support them and the grandkids on social media. I send birthday and ...Read more
Dear Annie: Recently, our 18-year-old son chose to take his life soon after his high school graduation. Now we are left trying to pick up the pieces and move forward. We live in a small community, and everyone is well aware of what happened.
Our youngest son just started the sixth grade and came home sad. He says he feels that he doesn't have ...Read more
Dear Annie: I love my in-laws to pieces, but it bothers me that they are too nice. No one who lives in their household pays for anything.
When my husband and I lived with them, we always helped out, but now that we've moved on, my in-laws are having a hard time paying the bills. But they won't ask any of their kids to fork over. My brother-in-...Read more
Dear Annie: I have been married to "Phil" for 15 years. Between the two of us, we have eight children. Our youngest is still in school. The problem is, I'm not happy anymore. I've made mistakes, stupid ones, including flirting with other men. Phil isn't completely innocent, either, but he claims if I weren't talking to these other men, he wouldn...Read more
Dear Annie: I recently married a man who has never been married before, although he lived with a woman for 15 years. They never had children, and "Vic" cheated on her for years. He paid for everything, and she had a free ride. He essentially paid her off to leave.
I have three grown children from a previous marriage. After our wedding two ...Read more
Dear Annie: When my daughter graduated high school, my husband and I agreed that she could live with us for free because she was paying college tuition.
"Norma" is now 21 and has her degree. She still refuses to pay any kind of rent, although she takes care of her car, phone and insurance. She does not help out around the house. She says she ...Read more
Dear Annie: My husband passed away in January. I found him dead on the floor when I came home. Then the ambulance, fire truck, police, undertaker and coroner came. My grandchildren wanted to get here as soon as possible, and my granddaughter ended up parking haphazardly, taking up two inches of my neighbor's driveway.
Yesterday, this neighbor ...Read more
Dear Annie: I am an 11-year-old boy and the youngest in my family. My sister is 22 years old and married to a bully. "Chris" is always mean to me when no one is watching. He punches and kicks me and shoves me into things. One time, he drove me to a friend's house and punched me in my arm six times in less than 10 minutes. He calls me names, ...Read more
Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for four years. We were high school sweethearts. We were both briefly married to other people before reuniting, and my husband has a child from his first marriage. My husband was raised by his grandparents, but when he was a teenager, he was introduced to his father and moved in with Dad, his new ...Read more