Dear Annie: I have been married to the love of my life for several years. Our children are all grown and out of the nest. I recently learned that over the past few months my husband has had numerous telephone conversations with a female acquaintance. I know this woman, too, although not very well.
I travel for work several times a month, and ...Read more
Dear Readers: Happy Father's Day to all the men in our reading audience who have had the pleasures and responsibilities of raising children. This includes fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers and those who have stepped in as father figures for those who needed them. Bless you all. Having a caring father is not only one of life's great joys, but ...Read more
Dear Annie: I recently had to move back into my parents' house due to financial hardship. I'm 23 years old and have rarely asked them for any sort of help. But I receive a lot of grief, sarcasm and jokes about my current position, and this is from my entire family.
Meanwhile, I have two older brothers who rely and depend on my parents for ...Read more
Dear Annie: About a year ago, I ran into a woman I used to spend time with in high school. We are both married, although she is going through a divorce.
Since that day, she and I have been talking quite a bit. We discuss a lot of different things, all on a platonic level. The problem is, I believe I am becoming infatuated with her again. I ...Read more
Dear Annie: My husband and I have been together for five years. For the most part, we have a great relationship. The problem is, my husband is seven years older and had a few bad relationships before we got together. Because of this, he is always telling me I am a cheater and cannot be trusted.
Annie, I haven't done a single thing in my past ...Read more
Dear Annie: I have a friend who has a divorced daughter with two children. The ex-husband has a good job with the government. My friend is very strapped for money and sends as much as she can to the daughter. The daughter claims the ex-husband does not pay child support regularly.
I feel the daughter should go to his employer about the child ...Read more
Dear Annie: My son's estranged wife has reported him to child protective services six times and to the police for various things she's invented over the past three years. Due to her false accusations, he has been arrested three times. He has been found innocent of all charges, but she persists.
She charged him with violating a restraining ...Read more
Dear Annie: In January, my boyfriend and I moved in together after four months of dating. We both have young daughters, and we love all of them. His ex took off two years ago and has no interaction with the children. Their grandmother and great-grandmother, however, have played an active role in the girls' lives. Due to my boyfriend's work ...Read more
Dear Annie: I have been doing a lot of family-tree research and recently learned that my ancestors owned slaves from the early 18th century until the end of the Civil War, when my last slave-owning ancestor was shot in the head by Union troops.
My problem is, one of my brothers married an African-American woman, and they have two young ...Read more
Dear Annie: My wife and I are going through a divorce after 23 years of marriage. We just grew apart. We have four children, ages 12 to 21.
The problem is, my wife feels I do not deserve any of the marital assets because she was the primary breadwinner. She made a nice income, but it also meant she spent a considerable amount of time away ...Read more
Dear Annie: I am a 16-year-old girl in high school. I have so much to be thankful for, but recently, I have been feeling like something is wrong with me. Quite frankly, I am depressed. I am always tired, anxious and nervous, and I have outrageous mood swings. I have lost all focus, ambition and motivation, and sometimes it just hurts to ...Read more
Dear Annie: My husband is a high-ranking officer in the military. He has worked hard to achieve his current position and is highly respected.
The problem is, his family treats him like a child. In a few months, there will be a formal ceremony to mark his change of command. My in-laws will be in attendance, and they are certain to embarrass ...Read more
Dear Annie: I have worked for many years at a small family-owned company. I believe my boss has been the victim of a scam, but I can't tell her.
For several years, my boss has been communicating with a gentleman who claims to be Nigerian. He keeps telling her he is supposed to come to America in the near future and will bring her a check for ...Read more
Dear Annie: I was overweight throughout most of my childhood and became morbidly obese after high school. When I was in college, I had terrible self-esteem and a horrible body image. I never dated.
Three years ago, I had gastric bypass and have since lost more than 200 pounds. I've been trying to start dating, but the individuals I have ...Read more
Dear Annie: Five years ago (after 20 years of marriage), my wife and I separated because she found out that I had been regularly indulging in phone sex and that I had slept with another woman. In addition, I'd made constant demands of her for sex.
When she asked me to leave, I was determined to completely change my life. I sought help and was...Read more
Dear Annie: Ten years ago, my daughter, "June," married a guy I thought was a little immature. June thought he would change after she married him. He didn't. Five years ago, they had a child. She thought he would change then. He has not.
My son-in-law does absolutely nothing around the house unless June asks him to. Then he stomps around like...Read more
Dear Annie: I am 73, and my wife is 68. We've been married 36 years, and we are healthy, active churchgoers. My wife had two young children when we married, and our son, "Cal," is now 34. We have helped all three of our kids financially, as well as with babysitting, yard work, etc. And we are frugal, partly so we can leave as much money to the...Read more
Dear Annie: I have been married to a wonderful man for 35 years and have terrific children and beautiful grandchildren. Our marriage has been great, except for my manipulative and emotionally blackmailing mother-in-law.
Our only fights have stemmed from lies and made-up stories this woman tells. She has destroyed relationships with other ...Read more
Dear Annie: I am in my 20s and am engaged to a beautiful girl. Our religion prohibits sex before marriage. But when "Donna" tells me to stop kissing her, I persist. I don't see why not. It's just kissing.
Donna says she has not been firm enough with me and when she says no, she means no. Yesterday, I was sitting next to Donna and started ...Read more
Dear Annie: My wife and I have been married for 34 years. I changed jobs so I could have better hours and pay and more time with my wife and son. Eighteen months ago, I went on disability due to severe arthritis.
A few years back, I noticed that my wife was coming up with reasons for us not to have sex. She said my work hours kept her up too ...Read more