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Annie's Mailbox for 2/25/2017

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Dear Annie: When I married my husband, his son, "D.J." was 6 years old. My children from my first marriage were slightly older. Right from the start, D.J. was a handful. He was violent and often in trouble at school.

A year into the marriage, my husband and I had a son together. That same year, D.J. was diagnosed with ADHD and aggressive ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/24/2017

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Dear Annie: For the past year, my wife, "Janie," has been getting hot flashes. She is always broiling in the house while the rest of the family freezes. She insists on keeping the temperature at 70, while the rest of us are most comfortable at 74. She recently purchased warm slippers for everyone and suggested we wear long sleeves.

Annie, I ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/23/2017

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Dear Annie: Last April, I moved into an apartment with one of my best friends. We get along great except for one thing: her cats.

"Renee" was born with no sense of smell. She's normally very organized except when it comes to the animals. She forgets to clean the litterbox because she can't smell it, so I have to remind her constantly. The ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/22/2017

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Dear Annie: My husband and I were both widowed before meeting. We are now 70 and have been happily married for six years. We both have grown children.

Everything is good in our blended family except for my son's wife. "Stacy" has been a thorn in my side from the day they married 20 years ago. My former husband and I always managed to keep her...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/21/2017

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Dear Annie: My wife and I have been married for 30 years. She has a son from her first marriage who lives in another state. We haven't been to "Keith's" house in four years because my wife has some health problems that keep her from traveling. Her relationship with Keith has always been turbulent.

Keith and his wife are in the process of ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/20/2017

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Dear Annie: I have two grown children, both married with kids. My youngest, "Carrie," has a 14-year-old daughter who has been seeing a boy for a year.

The other day, we were visiting Carrie, and my granddaughter and her boyfriend got very cozy at the dining room table while we were eating dinner. They started kissing and making out in front ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/19/2017

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Dear Annie: My roommate, "Michelle," is suffering from depression. Six months ago, she suddenly lost interest in going out with friends and would cry for no reason. She began calling in sick so many times that she was fired. She cashed out her 401(k) and now sits in her room all day watching TV and eating. In the past six months, she has gone ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/18/2017

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Dear Annie: My 20-year-old nephew has been a troubled youth, despite all the attempts of his family to help him, including counseling and rehab. When he was 18, he became involved with a messed-up 14-year-old girl who used drugs, alcohol and sex to get her way.

A year ago, my nephew's family moved out of state, but last fall he reconnected ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/17/2017

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Dear Annie: I have two daughters, ages 5 and 2. My in-laws favor the older girl. They buy her more presents, give her more money and pay way more attention to her than to her sister. They almost seem obsessed with her. As soon as she walks in the door, they grab her and make her sit next to them on the sofa for the entire visit.

If they give ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/16/2017

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Dear Annie: After eight years at my job, I was let go. I have a felony record. The CEO who knew of my background retired last year. He felt I had proved myself and had no problem with me. When he retired, we got an interim CEO. I told him about my record as soon as he came on board. Today, he decided our company would have a zero-tolerance ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/15/2017

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Dear Annie: My husband and I work comparable hours, but I earn less than half of what he does and have little discretionary income. I come home to my "second shift," which includes cooking, cleaning and picking up after this man, who leaves his dirty clothes, snack packaging and other things strewn about the house. Meanwhile, he runs off to ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/14/2017

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Dear Readers: Happy Valentine's Day to one and all, along with our special good wishes to the veterans in VA hospitals around the country. And our particular thanks 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.

Dear Annie: "Sex Therapist" does not ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/13/2017

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Dear Annie: "Ron" and I have been living together for more than a year. I love him and believe he loves me. We are both in our 60s and retired.

Ron is good to me in all but one way: He can't seem to cut off contact with his old girlfriend. He was still with this woman when we met, although he was the one who broke it off. He hadn't heard from...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/12/2017

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Dear Annie: Our 22-year-old son is in college. He lives at home, and we pay all his expenses, which is fine with us. He was never particularly interested in school until his last year of high school. Now he's doing really well.

The problem is, he wants to go to medical school and needs to pass the MCAT exam. He is studying very hard and ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/11/2017

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Dear Annie: I am 90 years old and am concerned that after I die my kids will squabble over my things. So I would like to work it out before that happens.

I have a daughter who lives in another state and two wonderful daughters-in-law who live nearby. "Dora" and my oldest son have helped me the most. When my husband was still living, they ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/10/2017

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Dear Annie: My mother is 86 and lives in another state. My 33-year-old nephew and his three kids live with her, as do my niece, "Joanna," and her two children. Not one of them has a job.

Several months ago, Mom broke her hip and was in rehab for four months. During that time, Joanna used Mom's ATM card and took all the money out of her ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/9/2017

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Dear Annie: My wife, "Jane," and I have been married for five years, and she is the love of my life. She has an identical twin sister named "Jordan." The two women are best friends. Jordan is at our house four or five times a week, but does not impose on our marriage. She is a great sister-in-law and gives us our space.

Jane has an 8-year-old...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/8/2017

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Dear Annie: I have been married to "Clifford" for 36 years. He recently told me he is in love with his secretary and wants to be with her. Did I mention she is 23 and in the process of getting a divorce?

Clifford is the last person I would have expected to do this. I know I can be difficult, but he's not perfect, either. I love him and ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/7/2017

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Dear Annie: After 40 years of marriage, my wife came home from work one day and said she was leaving. I decided then that I would never marry again.

Four years ago, I met "Lynn." Now, of course, I am madly in love with her. She never ceases to amaze me with her big heart and infectious smile. She accepts that I don't want to marry, but I have...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/6/2017

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Dear Annie: I have been married nearly 30 years to someone who is a self-centered, selfish, immature mama's boy. Mama is so controlling, and yet so needy, that every time we've moved, she's moved nearby. She has switched to the same doctor and even goes to the same hair salon her "baby" uses. She gets to know the employees at these places and ...Read more


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