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Annie's Mailbox: The "Pee" Problem and the Domino Effect

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Dear Annie: I would like to respond to "Open to Suggestions in California." I am a teacher who also has experienced the "pee" problem and the domino effect.

I now allow my students to go to the restroom as soon as they enter my class. With the exception of special circumstances (I have a diabetic student), I do not allow students out of class ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Frustrated in Chicago

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Dear Annie: My sister, "Shania," has been married for six years to "Al" (a second marriage for both, no children). During the entire duration of their marriage, Shania has complained about the lack of affection and sex.

Recently, Shania was diagnosed with a serious back problem that required three operations. As a result, she is permanently ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Trying To Be Absent-Minded in California

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Dear Annie: I'm writing to urge women to take advantage of National Depression Screening Day on Oct. 6, when free mental health screenings will be available across the nation. I believe it is one step that can save women from struggling endlessly with a serious illness that only in recent years has begun to receive much-needed attention -- ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Thanking Volunteers

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Dear Annie: My daughter, "Mary," is in sixth grade. She often tells me that she and her best friend, "Kim," get a lot of extra attention from their teacher "Mr. Ken." By extra attention, she means Mr. Ken teases them or playfully embarrasses them during class time. In one instance, Mr. Ken began to play with Mary's hair, "styling" it with string...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Miffed in Michigan

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Dear Annie: My husband, children and I are caring for my widowed father, who is in the late stages of dementia. I consider it a privilege and a responsibility to care for him at home, and am happy to do so for as long as I am able. I attend support groups, and my family and friends ensure that I "escape" from time to time.

The difficulty is ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Heartbroken in the Heart of Kansas

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Dear Annie: My fiancee, "Bob," and I have been together nearly two years, and we are going through a rough patch. My father and Bob have not been getting along for the past few months. Now, Bob refuses to go to any event that includes my family. Honestly, my father is ready to put it all behind him and work on a healthier relationship, but Bob ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Feeling Helpless and Depressed

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Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for 35 years. We have two adult children who have been a wonderful part of our lives.

My daughter, 33, moved out after high school. She did not complete her college degree and moved back home. She is working a three-hour-a-day job that takes care of her bills and personal expenses.

Our 30-year-old...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Other Shoe

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Dear Annie: When I started my job 10 years ago, my boss was married to the office manager. Everything was great, and we were like a big family. However, four years ago, my boss's wife was caught embezzling. She is currently serving time in a federal prison, and they have since divorced.

Here's my problem. My boss recently remarried, and his new...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Wanting To Put This Behind Me in Michigan

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Dear Annie: I read your column every day and finally decided it was time to ask for advice. Last weekend, my husband of nine years did the unthinkable. He hit me in front of our two children. He had been drinking excessively, and apparently, I pushed the wrong buttons. A few choice words were exchanged, and I told him to get out of our house. He...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: One of Five in Klamath Falls, Ore.

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Dear Annie: My 30-year-old son is engaged to be married to a young lady from Kenya. They have known each other a year, and he is head over heels in love. She claims to love our son, but she also honors the way of her culture, which we think is fine -- to a point.

Her family insists that we pay a dowry. In Kenya, that is their way. However, this...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Need Him To Go on Vacation in Eastern Washington

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Dear Annie: I have started dating a divorced Jewish man with a teenage daughter. I, too, am Jewish. "Simon" has been divorced for many years, and has continued to celebrate the important high holidays in the company of his daughter and his ex-wife (who has not remarried).

Simon and I have a lot in common, and everything is going so well between...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Sad Wife

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Dear Annie: My husband and his brother, "Sam," are both in their 50s. My mother-in-law thinks Sam is "the golden child." He and his wife receive the best gifts, and we get whatever trash she can put her hands on. She gives my sister-in-law all the best jewelry, and I get cheap junk. She recently told me that for my birthday, she was sending a ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Want My Daughter To Be a Strong Woman

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Dear Annie: I am having an argument with my husband and need an impartial opinion.

My daughter, 19, has been dating "Thad," 21, for four years. Thad recently admitted that he cheated on her, and now she is breaking up with him. She discussed it with me and then sent him a text message that it was over. He texted her multiple times, but she didn...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Witness to a Powder Keg in Maine

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Dear Annie: My sister, "Ruth," has struggled with addiction to prescription medication since high school. My parents have been incredibly supportive for the past eight years. They helped her get into rehabilitation programs, paid for lawyers, car insurance, health insurance and food, and they allow her to live rent-free in their home.

This past...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Stuck in the Middle in Kansas

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Dear Annie: A while back, I signed up for Facebook in order to stay in touch with friends and renew old acquaintances.

Several weeks ago, my husband's 35-year-old daughter, "Sheila," sent me a friend request. She has not been in touch with us since she turned 18, when my husband no longer had to pay child support. Obviously, they were never ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: A Concerned Grandmother

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Dear Annie: My son has been married to "Josie" for 11 years. I admit I never cared for her. She has a volatile temper and creates destructive scenes. Once they married, I did my best to be friendly, hoping she would mellow with time. She has not.

In the past three years, Josie's violent behavior has escalated. She used to put holes in the walls...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Wise Too Late

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Dear Annie: I have been a single mother for 20 years. Four months ago, I was talked into letting one of my daughter's friends stay with us while her parents searched for a new home in another state. They agreed to pay me a monthly stipend for their daughter's expenses. This has not happened. I received one check, and that was it. This girl's ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Bruised in Nebraska

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Dear Annie: I'm 12 years old, and my brother is verbally and physically abusive. Sometimes it's just playing around, but other times it really hurts. When I yell out, my mom gets involved. She sends us both to our rooms without even knowing what the problem is. She doesn't want to hear it. She always says, "You'll just have to work it out on ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Short-Circuited in Oregon

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Dear Annie: I am a fairly tall sophomore girl in high school. I have dated several guys, but their personalities are not like the guy I have a crush on.

"Ravi" is a junior. He is handsome, shy, intelligent, a good artist and very muscular. The problem is, he is the shortest person in the whole school. I like him a lot, and I want him to notice ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Proud of My Sons

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Dear Annie: My husband and I are in our late 70s. Although we had a modest income, we managed to send all our children to college, and they now are financially comfortable. We have been retired for several years and are on a limited income.

My children like to come home for every holiday, and we enjoy having them. The problem is the food. They ...Read more



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