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Annie's Mailbox for 2/13/2016

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Dear Annie: My wife has gotten so many animals that it is out of control. Every time she gets upset or sad, she goes out and purchases another animal. Right now, we own eight cats, four bunnies, six rats, two cows and two horses. Our house smells like cat feces and our yard smells like cow and horse poop. Whenever we eat, the cats jump onto the ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/12/2016

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Dear Annie: My only sibling has stopped speaking to me. My brother had a son 26 years ago. He claims he knew nothing about the child until I told him six months ago that he should take responsibility for his oldest son. We had words, and he texted me not to contact him, ever, and to have a great life.

I did call and left a message wishing him ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/11/2016

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Dear Annie: My girlfriend has a thing that she does with her 10-year-old son that I find borderline weird.

The first time I was at her home, while we were cooking dinner together, her son started whining, "Can we do it now, please? Please?" and she says OK and tells me she'll be back in a minute. The two of them then go into the living room. ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/10/2016

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Dear Annie: While in high school in the late 1970s, there was this guy, "Scott," who had a crush on me. Nothing transpired back then, so fast-forward 30 years.

A month ago, I received a Facebook friend request from Scott. Of course, I accepted and found out he and his wife are separated. I also looked at his friends' list and noticed he had ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/9/2016

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Dear Annie: I am the youngest sister of 10 siblings. Over the years, five siblings have died. You'd think we would try to be closer after such awful losses. So when does the bullying stop?

I have tried to be an upstanding sister and aunt, but no matter how much I contribute my money, time and empathy, they think it's OK to belittle me and ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/8/2016

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Dear Annie: Shortly after I had knee surgery, I went to the library wearing my (prescribed) compression wrap to prevent blood clots. This compression wrap makes an intermittent humming sound. A few minutes after entering, the librarian walked over and asked what the humming noise was. I showed her the compression wrap and said that the medical ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/7/2016

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Dear Annie: Twenty five years ago, my youngest son, then 18, quit the job he had had for four years. They had promised him an assistant manager job and when he turned 18, but did not follow through. After that, he would not look for a job or even help around the house. His dad told him to leave, but I let him return. Still, my son continued to ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/6/2016

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Dear Annie: All of my life, I've heard about the "golden years." Why are mine only black and gray?

I have been married to my husband for 40 years. He has not been sexually capable for half that time. I understand that, but he also does not want to kiss me, hold me, talk to me, go to bed with me or get up in the morning with me. He puts his arm ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/5/2016

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Dear Annie: My mother-in-law has a decor that was personalized for her by my husband's long-term ex-girlfriend. Every time I go to her house, it's the first thing I see and it really bothers me. The problem is, I don't feel I can say anything to her because after all, it's her house and the decorating was a gift. It's not like I can tell her, "...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/4/2016

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Dear Annie: I live in the same town as two friends from high school. One of these friends married right out of high school and starting having children. My other friend and I both went to college together, and then she also married and started her family. Neither of these women had a career outside the home. I, however, worked in a professional ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/3/2016

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Dear Annie: I know I have my faults, but I can't figure out why my wife suddenly hates me. She has said so.

We have been married for 25 years and it's like a light switch flicked. At first, I didn't quite get it and didn't respond well (arguing and shouting at her). But when the cold shoulder turned icier and she began distancing herself, I ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/2/2016

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Dear Annie: I have epilepsy with very minor seizures that occur roughly once every three weeks. Because I am currently unemployed, I am forced to live at home with my parents as I search for another job.

Even though I am over 30, my mother wants me to stay at home unless I have a job interview or one of my parents is with me. She insists ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/1/2016

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Dear Annie: I was going out of town on business for a week, and a couple I know jumped at the chance to house sit. I offered to let them stay at my place in exchange for taking care of my cat. I asked in advance what staples they would want, so they wouldn't have to shop immediately after their arrival. I was happy to provide these items. I even...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 1/31/2016

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Dear Annie: Thank you once again for providing me the opportunity to reach out and thank our citizens for the care and support they provide to our veterans. Each year, Americans participate in the National Salute to Veteran Patients by visiting and volunteering at the Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities and by sending letters of ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 1/30/2016

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Dear Annie: I'm at my wits' end with my wife of 30 years. I think she's delusional. I am five years older than she is, but she insists that she looks older. She claims she is fat and ugly, so she no longer wants to go out with friends, go to a movie or out dancing or attend family functions.

She is the only one who sees herself this way. I ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 1/29/2016

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Dear Annie: My fiance and I became engaged a year ago. He has many good qualities: He is really sweet most of the time, and he is a good provider. He takes me on nice trips and buys me lovely presents. He even rubs my feet and cooks for me.

However, there are three bad qualities that give me grief. Like all couples, we argue now and then. But ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 1/28/2016

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Dear Annie: When I met my husband many years ago, he had just returned from Vietnam. His mind was shaky, and he was a chain smoker and a serious alcoholic. We have maintained a comfortable, peaceful relationship. I could not tolerate drunkenness, so he stopped. But what seemed left was an unaffectionate, unemotional robot. He has never hugged me...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 1/27/2016

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Dear Annie: Several years ago, I had a much talked about affair with an older married man at my office. It lasted for several years. I was single at the time, and I met him at a very low period in my life. He told me I was smart, pretty and fun to be with. He showered me with flowers and gifts. He led me to believe his marriage was loveless and ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 1/26/2016

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Dear Annie: I'd like to know if this is considered spousal abuse. A young couple become born-again Christians. The husband decides he wants to go back to school to become a minister. He quits his corporate job and moves his family out of state. His wife supports him and the children for four years as best she can. He graduates and "just can't ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 1/25/2016

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Dear Annie: A friend of mine has Type 2 diabetes and an eating disorder. Recently, she visited the doctor and her blood pressure and blood sugar levels were extremely high. The doctor spoke to her about the consequences of her diet, and after the visit, she spoke to his nurse. She was told that if she keeps her blood sugar under 200, she doesn't...Read more

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