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Annie's Mailbox for 3/24/2017

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Dear Annie: I am one of four adult siblings in a family that has always had difficulty communicating. I haven't spoken to my brother, "Tom," in many years.

After getting married, Tom never bothered to invite our parents over, and he and his wife missed all the holiday celebrations. His wife is distant and didn't try to establish a ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 3/23/2017

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Dear Annie: I am 47 years old and am living with so many regrets. I married my husband because I did not think anyone else would ask me. I have never been in love with him.

Fast-forward 25 years. Our children are off on their own. I have been in counseling, and my therapist suggested I bring my husband in with me. He has refused, saying there...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 3/22/2017

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Dear Annie: I am having a problem and don't know what to do. Please do not suggest counseling, because I tried, and my wife won't even consider it.

We married 17 years ago. Both of us were in our mid-50s. She had two grown children, and I had none. There wasn't supposed to be any baggage coming into this marriage. However, a few months after ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 3/21/2017

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Dear Annie: I have been dating "Annette" for two years, and we are inseparable. I love and appreciate her. We both still live with our families and spend the majority of our time at her house.

Annette often talks about moving in together and getting married, but after two years, she still refuses to meet my mother. She has met my father and a...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 3/20/2017

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Dear Annie: My husband and I were in a social group with several other women who I thought were friends. A short time ago, he told me that two of the women came to him under the pretense of being concerned about our marriage. They claimed I had said negative things about him that he should be aware of.

Most of what they told him were lies, ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 3/19/2017

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Dear Annie: I would like to thank you for the many times you've reminded readers to take care of important medical, financial and end-of-life decisions. I did that years ago and have a legal will and power of attorney. Over the years, I also gently requested that my parents do the same, but they chose to ignore me.

Although it is too late to ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 3/18/2017

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Dear Annie: When I married my wife last summer, her son was living in the basement with no intention of getting a job. "Terence" is 23 and not exactly bright. We tried offering advice to help him move forward with his life, but he likes things his way. My wife excuses this, saying it's his generation's lifestyle. She told me her co-worker's ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 3/17/2017

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Dear Annie: Ten years ago, I fell in love with "Brandon" and had the two happiest years of my life. Then he changed. We broke up, and I found out he had been having sex with another coed. His deception and harsh words put a stop to any fantasies of reconciliation.

I soon began a relationship with "Travis," and we remain together. We've had ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 3/16/2017

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Dear Annie: I live five hours away from my parents and a married younger brother. I work two jobs and can only afford to visit my folks once a month or so.

Lately, when I have driven out to see them, I am the last to discover that the four of them have already made plans. They never think to ask if I want to join them. Sometimes, I end up ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 3/15/2017

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Dear Annie: A year ago, my daughter met a man over the internet. That's fine, but I have the following issues:

1. She wants to marry him without actually having met him in person.

2. He is from a foreign country where the customs are vastly different from ours.

3. I worry that he will take advantage of her just to remain in this country.

...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 3/14/2017

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Dear Annie: I am getting married in May. My fiance, "Stan," didn't like his last job, so my brother hired him. Stan has been working there for a year.

I recently found out that Stan has been pulling nasty pranks on my brother. He never mentioned it to me. My brother works alone during the busiest part of the day, with the pressures from sales...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 3/13/2017

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Dear Annie: My husband, "Rick," had been close friends with "Edward" for 30 years. We used to get together frequently, and Edward was always kind and considerate and someone we highly respected. Then, Edward got engaged to "Michelle."

I was pregnant at the time, and my doctor put me on bed rest because I had already been hospitalized once. I ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 3/12/2017

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Dear Annie: My son married a woman with a 3-year-old daughter, "Suzy." Suzy's biological father, "Duke," has shared custody.

When I met Duke's parents and extended family, we became quite friendly. Over time, I've learned a great deal about Duke's childhood and how he sexually abused his younger brother and sister for several years. When Duke...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 3/11/2017

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Dear Annie: Is it possible for two married co-workers of the opposite sex to be friends?

I have been married to "Jane" for 15 years. A year ago, she discovered that I was texting my co-worker "Lisa," with whom I have a professional relationship. Jane became upset and said a male and female could not have a friendship because eventually one of...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 3/10/2017

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Dear Annie: "John" and I have been married for 15 years. He is a wonderful person and a great father to our two young girls.

Our relationship is fine on the surface, but it's emotionally empty. There is little intimacy, which has been an issue throughout our marriage. It manifests itself periodically in arguments that never seem to get ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 3/9/2017

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Dear Annie: My niece, "Tricia," and I have always been close. Her mother (my sister) had a very traumatic life, and I often came to the rescue to be sure my niece was fed and protected. Tricia is now grown with two adult children of her own and a fabulous home in Arizona. She has reunited with her first child's father after 17 years. They have...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 3/8/2017

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Dear Annie: My best friend, "Maggie," and I are like sisters. We have great fun, can talk about nearly anything and have supported each other through our toughest times. Our husbands also get along well, and we often do things together.

Over the past year, Maggie has become increasingly critical of her husband, "Scott." He is a likeable guy, ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 3/7/2017

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Dear Annie: "Bill" and I have been married for 43 years. He retired three years ago. We didn't socialize with any of his co-workers, so I didn't know them well.

Last Christmas, Bill got a card with no return address. It only had Bill's name on it. I handed it to him so he had to open it in front of me. It was a really nice card from "Betty" ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 3/6/2017

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Dear Annie: My father is 87 years old and has congestive heart failure. I am the youngest of four siblings, two of whom live out of town. For some reason, everything falls on me.

We pay for a caregiver to come in for four hours a day, but she leaves at noon. My brother sometimes takes over until I get home from work, at which point I stay ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 3/5/2017

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Dear Annie: My fiance and I were best friends growing up, and our families were close, as well. When we were 16, his parents suddenly pulled "Paul" out of school and told me never to call their house again. My mother said Paul was no longer welcome in our home and I was not to mention his family again. I never knew what happened.

Five years ...Read more


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