Dear Annie: Not too long ago, my life was perfect: great marriage, good kids, well established in our community and a fantastic sex life. Three years ago, at the age of 49, my husband retired after a 30-year career in law enforcement. He retired with no plans, hobbies, friends or passions. Now our life is hell.
Four months before his ...Read more
Dear Annie: I'm in my 30s. Four years ago, I was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome after a two-year career ended in disaster. It was my mother who suspected what was wrong. It explained the problems I've had -- no friends, no social life and the inability to hold down a job, among others. I knew there was something wrong with me. I couldn't ...Read more
Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for 16 years. We have two children, one with Asperger syndrome.
Over the years, my sex drive has waned because of stress, age, work, children, etc. I try to make an effort to be intimate every week. I've seen a doctor to check my hormone levels, and we are already in family counseling because of ...Read more
Dear Annie: Last May, my children's father committed suicide. He and I had split up two years before because of his violent ways. Despite my marrying another man, I still cared for my ex and worried about his welfare. I would even sneak him food and pay his electric bill behind my husband's back. My husband occasionally would forbid my kids ...Read more
Dear Annie: Recently, my husband mentioned that he wanted to get together with some friends for a project. I encouraged him to invite the guys to our home to work on it. I thought it would be a few hours, but it ended up taking well over 12. They arrived early in the morning and stayed until late that night, taking over our living room.
I ...Read more
Dear Annie: My cousin "Tyler," who had a host of problems as a teenager, became a policeman at age 23. He was a jerk before he joined up, but now he's become a bigger jerk.
Tyler is always bragging that he can fix parking tickets or give you a ticket just for annoying him. He talks back to people constantly, always trying to have the last ...Read more
Dear Annie: When my older sister was dying a year ago, our entire family supported her with calls and visits with the exception of our father and half-brother (my mother's son from a previous marriage). They also didn't attend the funeral and offered no explanation for their absence.
Five months later, another sister died. "Dee" never married...Read more
Dear Annie: I am a teenager. In our society, the central message is that you need to look perfect and have tons of money. It's drilled into our heads every day, and I feel the pressure.
Clothing companies tell me I need to wear their labels to be popular, cosmetic companies convince me with airbrushed models that their makeup will make me ...Read more
No Man's SkyR.C. Cline
In the fall of 1942, the first year of the war was ending. For young men in Bloomville (Ohio) Township High School’s senior class, school was the last opportunity to be free before graduation, adult responsibility, and manhood. For them and many other young men across...
Dear Annie: I am one of 13 siblings. Both of our parents have been sick for the past four years. At one time, we had a family meeting, and everyone agreed to pay $20 a week for a caregiver, since we all worked. But slowly, my siblings started to bail out. The first to go was their favorite (and ungrateful) daughter.
Dad died three months ago....Read more
Dear Annie: I often feel sharp bites like pinpricks on different places of my body, especially at night. At first, it happened only in the bedroom, but now I get them while sitting in my family room and even in my car. I thought it might be bedbugs, but an exterminator ruled that out. He said he had no idea what was causing the bites and ...Read more
Dear Annie: I have been married to my husband for only one month, and he already has had a brief fling with a woman from his office. This caught me completely off guard. I thought we were happy, and I am pretty sure my husband enjoys being married to me. He always says I am much more than he deserves.
I have repeatedly asked him why he would ...Read more
Dear Annie: My boyfriend lives with a woman who gave birth to his child. He says it is not a romantic arrangement. She wanted to get pregnant, and he provided the genetic material. He sleeps on the sofa.
My issue is, when he wants to spend time with this kid, the mother must always be present. She also isn't aware that he is dating me, and we...Read more
Dear Annie: My husband, "Paul," wants nothing to do with my 36-year-old son, "Alan." I admit that Alan lived with us too long and has done some terrible things, but he's my son and I love him. I've enabled him because of his health problems. He has diabetes, epilepsy and vision problems and, in the past year, has lost 80 pounds.
A few weeks ...Read more
Dear Annie: My father was recently killed in an accident. Now it's just my mother and me. I don't know how my mom is going to cope with the loss, and I am not sure how I will, either. I won't have my father around to see me graduate, get married or have kids.
Here's the issue: I'm 20 and will be transferring soon to an out-of-state college. ...Read more
Dear Annie: I am a 17-year-old straight-A student and have sound judgment for most things, but I'm not sure about this.
I have started seeing "Michael," a 25-year-old guy. I know it's a big age difference, but everything else about our relationship is perfect. So far, we have only gone out to public places and for limited amounts of time. I ...Read more
Dear Annie: My son's father, "Joe," and I divorced when "Bobby" was very young. Joe remarried and moved to another state. When Bobby was 11, I thought it best for him to go live with his dad so he could have a male role model. Joe was always a good father, just a lousy husband.
Despite financial hardship, I eventually moved to the same state....Read more
Dear Annie: I live in Europe. I visit my parents twice a year with my kids, and my parents visit us annually. I recently asked that no relatives visit during my son's spring break so he can concentrate on his SATs and AP exams.
My parents, however, insist they would not be a bother and against my wishes are planning to come during spring ...Read more
Dear Annie: I'm dating a guy who works out of town and is home every four weeks. "Jake" calls and texts often and says he misses me all the time. Here's what bothers me: Jake always asks me how I feel about him. He says, "Do you even like me?" I think it's because I don't drop everything when he calls like the other women he has dated.
I ...Read more
Dear Annie: In the 20 years I've been with my partner, I've had suspicions that he's cheated. Whenever I confront him, he becomes angry and tries to turn it around on me. I finally decided I had to know, so I bought mini digital voice recorders and left them on in the house whenever I'd leave for work. Lo and behold, my suspicions were correct...Read more
Dear Annie: I was with my ex-husband for 18 years before I divorced him. We have three children, and he hasn't been the best father or husband. Lately, however, he has been nice and comes around to visit the kids. I appreciate the fact that he is doing this, but he is now saying things to me that make me uncomfortable.
He slept on my couch a ...Read more