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Annie's Mailbox for 9/1/2015

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Dear Annie: My family has lost their minds and is letting my 14-year-old nephew drive around on open roads, sometimes in busy areas. He drives with his mother and grandmother.

I think this is beyond crazy. He could hit, maim or kill someone, or drive off the road and hurt himself. The consequences are beyond unimaginable.

Is this a new trend ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/31/2015

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Dear Annie: I'm a clean-cut, middle-aged gay guy living in a midsized city in Florida. My partner of six years lives in Boston. We have a great long-distance relationship. He's a wonderful man, and we love each other. We'd like to marry and live together someday.

Here's the problem: He doesn't want to move to Florida, and I'm a bit hesitant ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/30/2015

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Dear Annie: My son, who is 18, finally has a girlfriend. Even though she is a year older, they are only children. Both are attending college, working toward their associate's degrees. My son has a part-time construction job, and because it's seasonal, he sometimes has to work weekends. His girlfriend doesn't have a job but is supposedly looking....Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/29/2015

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Dear Annie: My husband and I are snowbirds in our late 60s. Most of our snowbird friends are several years older. We have neighbors in the North and in the South and we normally trade off taking turns driving back and forth.

Our dilemma is, we have a set of neighbors in our North home and one in our South home who will not let us drive them. I ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/28/2015

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Dear Annie: My parents own a good amount of land in their native country. When I was growing up, they paid for my tuition but were not very supportive emotionally. I sponsored them to come to the U.S., and because they didn't speak English (and still don't), I helped them find jobs.

The problem is, my parents are giving everything they own and ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/27/2015

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Dear Annie: I am a 27-year-old woman and have been verbally invited to a few weddings this year. For one, we were told to "save the date" a year in advance. I never received an actual invitation and their wedding was last weekend. The pictures are popping up on Facebook.

The second wedding, the bride and I were close, then had a falling out, ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/26/2015

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Dear Annie: My husband, "Ben," and I each lost a spouse and then found each other. We live in the same house with one of his daughters and a granddaughter. Ben is quite attached to this house. The two daughters are the owners now, but their father bought it originally and has always maintained it.

The daughter who lives here has a neurological ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/25/2015

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Dear Annie: My heart is breaking for my sister. She has been married to the same man for more than 30 years and he has never been kind or respectful toward her. They have two married sons and a grandchild with health problems. My sister loves that grandchild more than life itself, but she rarely gets to see him. Worse, her sons treat her ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/24/2015

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Dear Annie: Six years ago, our daughter left her dog with us. We've grown to love "Lassie" and would never give her back now. But she wears down the furniture, scratches the floors and leaves lots of hair all over.

Last year, we were blessed with grandkids, so now our living room is gated off from Lassie. We keep her in a large crate, which is ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/23/2015

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Dear Annie: Years ago, I was engaged to a man who I thought was the love of my life. But at college, he ghosted me -- leaving without an explanation. This was horribly wounding and I never recovered. I am still single, though I haven't stopped looking for that special someone.

My ex-fiance eventually married a woman who made no demands on him, ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/22/2015

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Dear Annie: I recently spoke to my 80-year-old dad about taking him to his home state to attend an upcoming event. I thought it might be nice to see other family members, too. I planned to contact relatives and reserve a pavilion at a nearby park for other group activities.

I mentioned the idea to my sister, so she could save the date. I did ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/21/2015

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Dear Annie: I am a 29-year-old married woman with a 14-month-old son. My husband and I live one hour away from his father and stepmother, "Gladys," and two hours away from my parents. We all get along great.

When I decided to go back to work, both my mother and Gladys volunteered to watch my son two days apiece. I pay a neighbor to watch him ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/20/2015

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Dear Annie: I have been married for more than 25 years to a highly respected, professional man. He has always worked hard, rarely taking time off. My efforts to get him to vacation have not been successful. Although he no longer enjoys his work, he continues these habits to support the family.

Our children are 19 and 22 and still live at home. ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/19/2015

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Dear Annie: My nephew recently found out that he has genital herpes. He is a fine young man and had been dating the girl for a while. When they parted ways, neither of them knew she had a sexually transmitted disease.

Since finding this out, my nephew has become so depressed. He is convinced that no one will ever want him and that he will spend...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/18/2015

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Dear Annie: My daughter has been engaged for several months. Her invitations for the small, family-only wedding were handwritten and mailed six weeks before the event.

The wedding is in two weeks. Yesterday, my sister-in-law announced that she is giving my brother a surprise party on my daughter's wedding day, three hours after the ceremony ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/17/2015

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Dear Annie: My husband and I are in our 60s. Recently, he hugged a new neighbor and kissed her on the cheek. She is our age and divorced. We don't know her well at all. I was shocked, embarrassed and angry.

I commented later, asking my husband if he hugged and kissed any of the other women (all married) in our group of friends. He thinks I'm ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/16/2015

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Dear Annie: I appreciate the patriotic intent of your July 4 column, but what would my daughter and seven nieces make of the mention of 27 men but just two women? The author overlooked Sacagawea, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the myriad other female contributors to our nation's progress.

Maybe next year you could share someone's ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/15/2015

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Dear Annie: My mom is 83 years old. She wants to speak to me daily, but only to hear herself talk. She lists ingredients for the stew she is making, items on the menu at the restaurant she was at, the play-by-play about a TV show, or minute details about the neighbor's daughter's ex-husband's mother. If I have some kind of urgent message, I have...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/14/2015

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Dear Annie: I follow you on Facebook. I am 18 years old and have been with my boyfriend for more than a year. We used to spend a bit too much time together and I know it wasn't healthy, so we worked it out and now have new hobbies and see our friends a little more.

Everything is good except for one thing: His mother. She is recently divorced ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 8/13/2015

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Dear Annie: I have four siblings. One of my sisters thinks she has a right to invite herself to our homes, join us for dinner and attend other functions, whether we invite her or not. It's like she thinks we are joined at the hip.

For example, "Ginny" will call and ask, "Where are we going for dinner tonight?" I am tempted to reply, "I don't ...Read more


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