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Annie's Mailbox for 2/29/2020

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Dear Annie: I was diagnosed with kidney disease as a child and started dialysis at age 11. Because I didn't think I would live to adulthood, I adopted the philosophy of living each day like it was my ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Do Dogs Go to Heaven?

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Dear Annie: Several years ago, you printed a piece from a reverend about a dog who had died. My own precious Poochie died yesterday after being hit by a car. I am having a hard time. I miss him so much. Could you please print that piece again? Perhaps it would bring me comfort. -- Still Grieving in Florida

Dear Florida: Here it is. We hope it ...Read more

Annie's Mailbo: Frightened for My Girls

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Dear Annie: I've been married to "Lily" for 15 years, and we have two teenagers. We've built a good life. But Lily is an unhappy person. And while I've not been an angel, she never acknowledges that her unhappiness contributes to our problems. She walks around with a chip on her shoulder.

Lily is a stay-at-home mom, but she does no cooking and ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Cringing in Exercise Class

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Dear Annie: I am currently in a two-year relationship with "Alison." Both of us are recently divorced. During Alison's marriage, she became a confidante to "Will." They have remained friends, and she insists nothing of a sexual nature ever happened.

When we first got together, Will was in a new relationship and had limited contact with Alison. ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Worn Out

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Dear Annie: One of my classmates has Asperger syndrome. He often says and does things that are obnoxious and sometimes downright threatening. I understand that his behavior is a result of his Asperger's, but it doesn't make it any easier to deal with. When I ask my friends what to do, they say it's not his fault and I should just leave it alone....Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Concerned Grandparents

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Dear Annie: I am concerned about my grandson's well-being. My daughter has always had "cuddle time" with "Joey." It was OK when he was little, but now that he is turning 7, it seems worse. Now she is talking about getting him a new bedroom set that will be big enough for the both of them.

She says she sleeps better when she sleeps with Joey. I ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Frigid in New Hampshire

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Dear Annie: I am a healthy 50-years-young woman in the midst of menopause. I also have been diagnosed as mentally ill with depression. I refuse to seek treatment. I come from a culture where the shame of admitting a mental illness is a fate worse than death. So I sleep a lot.

I have a fine husband who wishes nothing more than to be in a happy, ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Managing Dining Hall Anxiety

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Dear Annie: By the time I was a sophomore in high school, I had already been diagnosed with an eating disorder and was recovering with support from my family and several health professionals, including a therapist and a nutritionist. We all thought I was doing very well.

At college, however, I found myself without the accustomed support network...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Another Senior in New York

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Dear Annie: I was interested in the letter from "Still Stressed Out," who is the caregiver for parents who insist on remaining at home. You urged seniors capable of making their own decisions to look into continuing-care communities.

Do you realize how much these communities cost? I have been doing research. Most CCRCs require a hefty buy-in ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Tired of Sharing

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Dear Annie: I'm in my early 50s, single again after a long 20-year relationship that should have ended sooner.

A year ago, I met a guy I really like, and we've been seeing each other seriously since. "Bill" has about a dozen close female friends. He does things like buy them bras and brags that he knows all of their sizes. It hasn't been a deal...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Sinking Ship in Pennsylvania

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Dear Annie: I have been married to "Bob" for 11 years. Once we had our son, "Jack," everything changed. Bob found excuses not to be home, worked all kinds of overtime or had to "go somewhere." I can count on one hand the times he did anything with Jack or was even home on a weekend during our son's first five years.

Jack is now 8 and has no ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Organ donation

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Dear Annie: Please help me bring awareness and education about organ donation. There are thousands of people waiting for a transplant and hundreds of others awaiting replacement of a previously transplanted organ. Many organ recipients outlive the longevity of their transplant.

Please tell your readers that living organ donors offer better ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Mom Who's Seen Both Sides

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Dear Annie: My wife's sister is 21, lives with her parents and has extremely violent long-lasting outbursts that culminate in her being verbally and physically abusive. "Mindy" tells everyone she is suicidal, although she has never made any attempt to harm herself. She obviously has deep psychological issues, yet absolutely refuses treatment. At...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Sad Mother-in-Law

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Dear Annie: Can you tell me whether this is a scam? Dentists are now telling seniors that their old fillings need to be replaced. My dentist told me this, and I've never had a bit of trouble with my fillings or teeth. I said I won't replace them until they bother me. I was also told that I need additional, costly work done when I haven't had a ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Brokenhearted in Florida

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Dear Annie: Our daughter and her husband have two young children. Over the years, we have been very close to our grandsons.

We recently found out that our daughter has started a relationship with my son from a first marriage. Forty years ago, I gave up this son for adoption when he was 4 years old. This son contacted me when he was 28. I told ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Happy Valentine's Day

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Dear Readers: Happy Valentine's Day to one and all, along with our special good wishes to all of our veterans in VA hospitals around the country. And our particular thanks and appreciation to those readers who have taken the time to send valentines, visit the vets and volunteer at VA facilities. Bless each and every one of you. You are truly ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Wondering in Winter

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Dear Annie: My wife and I have been married for 19 years. I have been faithful the entire time, and I would like to think she has been, as well. There have been a few times when she has come home extremely late after going out with "the girls," and she sometimes comes home an hour or two later than expected after work. She always has an ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Should I stay or should I go?

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Dear Annie: I am 53 years old and have been with my boyfriend for four years. The first year was awesome. We would hug and kiss hello and goodbye, and often say "I love you."

Now? Nothing. We don't touch at all. I am so unhappy. We have sex once a month and only when he wants it. During sex, there is no kissing or embracing. When I talk to him ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/11/2020

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Dear Annie: I have been married to my husband for 10 years. A couple of years ago, I started conversing via Facebook with "Kevin," whom I have known since grade school. We briefly dated in high school, but I broke up with him.

A mutual friend passed away, and I called Kevin a few times to offer support. We spoke about the old days and our ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/10/2020

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Dear Annie: My fiance and I have been together for three years. "Justin" shares custody of his 13-year-old daughter, "Chrissie."

The problem is, Chrissie will not sleep in her own bed. Until recently, she used to sleep on the floor in our room, but two months ago, Justin started sleeping in her bed. I couldn't take it, so I went back to live at...Read more


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