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Annie's Mailbox: Too Many Grandmas

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Dear Annie: I am the mother of a 4-year-old girl. My mother, "Edna," watches her for a few hours every Friday while I'm at work.

Last Friday, after I brought my daughter home, she told me, "Grandma was crying today and told me that 'Grandma Kitty' is not my grandma." Annie, Grandma Kitty is my Dad's fiancee. Kitty was the reason for my parents'...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Brokenhearted Mom

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Dear Annie: I have a 30-year-old son. "Brad" was the perfect child, loving and affectionate, until the age of 16. That's when I divorced my drug-addicted husband. I sheltered the children as much as I could from what their father was doing.

When I transferred Brad to a public school, he got involved in drugs, quit school, became verbally ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Better Practice Your Heimlich Maneuver

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Dear Annie: I have been married to "Jerry" for 10 years. We each have adult daughters from previous relationships.

Jerry has a peculiar relationship with his daughter, "Serena." She was taken from him by her mother at a very early age, and he did not see her again until she was 13. At age 15, she got into a fight with her mother and came to ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Fed-Up Daughter-in-Law

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Dear Annie: My son lives in California and is going to marry a local girl in the fall. Our entire family lives in the Midwest. My husband and I, along with our daughter's family, will attend. But I know it is far too expensive for any of my relatives to be there.

Should they receive invitations even though we know they can't come? I don't want ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: I Need Help

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Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for three years and lived together for 15 years before that. Sex has always been difficult. Last week, I found him masturbating outside in the backyard.

What should I do? Should I consult a doctor? My husband refuses to talk about it at all. --

Dear Need: If sex has been an issue for the past 18 ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Confused Best Friend

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Dear Annie: I am a 13-year-old boy, and I'm too embarrassed to talk to my parents about this.

I have been best friends with "Danny" since the first grade. We are like brothers. A few weeks ago, Danny and I were at my house, and he said he had something to tell me but was afraid of my reaction. I finally got him to confess that he thinks he is ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Evil Stepmother

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Dear Annie: A year ago, my husband's grown daughter announced that she would be getting married this summer. She has lived in another state since her graduation from college five years ago. Despite heated conversations, she decided to marry there, saying her friends' attendance is more important than having her family there.

Her father has ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Mother is the Opposite

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Dear Annie: My husband and I are successful professionals with no children. Our mothers are both well off and have been generous to our siblings, who, for various reasons, have needed a lot of help. My husband and I tender free professional and some financial assistance to both sides of our families.

My mother-in-law takes opportunities to show...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Beside Myself

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Dear Annie: My youngest son is 34 years old and lives with my wife and me. He is an alcoholic and is unemployed, with no interest in getting a job. He helps at home by doing the cooking. He is a great cook by trade. He was laid off as head cook at a restaurant and can't get over it.

My son is a good person, and I love him very much. He claims ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: How Sad for Everyone

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Dear Annie: I am very concerned about my brother's daughters, ages 18 and 20. My brother and his wife divorced when the girls were young. He and his ex do not get along and communicate poorly. She often berates him, and he remains silent.

Their daughters were shuttled back and forth between their parents' homes, but they lived mainly with their...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Lost for an Answer

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Dear Annie: I am a male, over 60, gray, balding and noticeably overweight. Because of back problems, I choose to wear suspenders instead of a belt. So, why is it that women of all ages think it's OK to snap my suspenders, or at least express a desire to do so? Most recently, it was a younger woman on the staff of a hospital ER while I was ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Lost in Ottawa

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Dear Annie: I'm a 24-year-old male who has been crossdressing since the age of 8. It started with collecting my own bras and panties, and now I have an entire wardrobe of women's clothing.

Because I currently live on my own, I change out of my male clothes into my female ones as soon as I come home from work. I've also had very serious thoughts...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: A Mom Who Cares

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Dear Annie: I am a 55-year-old man, divorced for the past 15 years. My daughter is 24 years old and married to a good guy, and they have two lovely boys. Although I have struggled with depression over the years, I try to live a good, honest Christian life. I raised my two children as a single parent, and my ex has become a deadbeat mother. My ex...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Keeping Calm and Clothed

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Dear Annie: At least once a week, I get an unsolicited phone call from "Rachel from Cardholder Services." This seems to be an obvious scam to get me to switch to another credit card or maybe just to get personal information. I have received these calls both in Connecticut and Florida. When I ask, "Who do you represent?" they hang up.

I am now ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Another Richard

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Dear Annie: I read the letter from "Richard," who was named for a hero of World War II, but whose nickname ("Dick") elicits snickers. My name is Richard, and my friends call me Dick. I'm 79 and 6-foot-4. I was football captain in high school, played at university, and spent four years as a military police paratrooper, so I have a few advantages ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Upset in N.Y.C.

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Dear Annie: I am a 54-year-old widow living in a large and active retirement community. I am engaged to "Pete," a 64-year-old man whom I've been seeing for a year. We get along very well and have many common interests.

Pete has a 20-year-old mentally challenged son living with him, and we also get along fine. (My grown children live in another ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Holding My Breath

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Dear Annie: My dad was a proud veteran of WWII. When he died 20 years ago, he willed his medals to my brother "Jim" and the Bible he carried during the war to my brother "Ray." Eventually, Ray gave the Bible to Jim. My mother also gave other army memorabilia to Jim, thinking it should all be together.

Jim recently informed me that when he dies,...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Stuck in the Midwest

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Dear Annie: I married "Oliver" 20 year ago, and we moved to a small Midwestern city where Oliver was offered a well-paying job. I'm impressed with my husband's "staying power" and am proud that he's been able to keep this job through thick and thin. However, his pay leveled out a few years ago, and he hasn't had an appreciable raise in many ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Mean Mother Award Winner

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Dear Annie: For four years, I have been trying to leave an abusive marriage. I've been working with various agencies that are budget strapped and overwhelmed with clients. I finally found a friend who offered to let me stay with her, but she lives four hours away, and I cannot afford a rental car. Then my husband tells his boss that he needs ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Another Pastor's Wife

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Dear Annie: My grandmother picked up her first cigarette when she was 11, beginning an addiction that ultimately would take her life. Her story is unfortunately common.

I became a tobacco control advocate to spread the message that tobacco is harmful. I don't want to see people's lives or dreams destroyed by these products. I am confident that ...Read more


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