Dear Annie: When my son married six years ago, my wife and I welcomed his bride into our family with open arms. I knew my daughter-in-law had views that were much different from mine, but I was confident that we could coexist. I helped them with projects in their new home, and we got along rather well. We attended dinners and get-togethers at ...Read more
Dear Annie: My cousin and her husband have four young kids. My family is invited to every birthday and Christmas party. Of course, they expect a gift each time. They even register for toys and clothes. Their kids are already spoiled with bedrooms overcrowded with stuff. They also post pictures on Facebook of trips to local museums and ...Read more
Dear Annie: Eleven years ago, we moved halfway across the country in order to live close to my husband's family. For years, we heard about all the things they would do with our kids if only we lived nearer. My parents were still busy raising my four younger siblings and weren't really interested in being grandparents, so all these promises ...Read more
Dear Annie: A few years ago, I met the most amazing man. "Jim" is the love of my life. I fell in love with his family, too.
The problem is, after a year of marriage, I received a text message from my mother-in-law (Jim's stepmother) stating that his family has never wanted me around and they don't like me. I get along with Jim's siblings, all...Read more
Dear Annie: I've been out of work for two years. My family has suffered greatly, and my daughter's mild depression turned severe when this started affecting her life.
Recently, my in-laws were kind enough to let the three of us move in so we could save what little we have. But the summer could not have gone worse. My mother-in-law has turned ...Read more
Dear Annie: I recently married "Kevin," who has been divorced for four years. We decided to live in his house. I knew we'd have adjustment issues, but even so, things don't seem to be working out.
The house is in his name only, although I pay toward utilities, upkeep, etc. But everything has to be his way. Kevin likes the place to be "neat," ...Read more
Dear Annie: My son, "Clark," is 51 years old and never married. Last month, he met a 26-year-old online. This girl's mother is only four months older than my son. The girl is younger than my grandchildren.
Clark has proposed to this girl and put money in an account for her to use for their wedding. I learned about the wedding dress and the ...Read more
Dear Annie: I have known my stepsister, "Lottie," for a long time. We get along great. I think Lottie is hiding the fact that she is gay, which is fine, if that's how she wants it, but I feel so bad that she has been keeping this inside for years. I want to let her know that I am here for her and that if she wants to talk about anything, I will ...Read more
No Man's SkyR.C. Cline
In the fall of 1942, the first year of the war was ending. For young men in Bloomville (Ohio) Township High School’s senior class, school was the last opportunity to be free before graduation, adult responsibility, and manhood. For them and many other young men across...
Dear Annie: Can someone explain to me how a man can take a 33-year marriage and just walk away? The heck with his children, grandchildren and wife.
We must sell our home of 30 years, as this is a no-fault divorce state. I have not worked in 30 years, and at age 55, I must find a job, probably one that pays minimum wage. I have many health-...Read more
Dear Annie: When my wife and I married, she requested that I avoid conflict with her manipulative stepfather so that she could maintain a relationship with her mother. I consented to her request.
However, her stepfather's abusive demeanor got worse until, at a dinner party my wife hosted, he made several crude and base statements about my wife ...Read more
Dear Annie: I am a 20-year-old male in a rather unusual situation. I have been intrigued by crossdressing since I was 12 and, as a result, took to "borrowing" a few things from my mother, mainly underwear.
I still live at home, and this interest of mine has caused me much embarrassment. My father has found the borrowed clothing several times ...Read more
Dear Annie: My wife, "Nicole," had an affair with a co-worker last year. When I found out, I was devastated, and I still have emotional problems because of it. We have four children, so we worked it out the best we could.
Nicole continued to work at the same place with this same co-worker for a short time after I found out, and it was killing ...Read more
Dear Annie: My wife's parents are somewhat typical baby boomers. Enjoying the privileges of early retirement, they are extremely doting and generous grandparents. It has become a weekly tradition for them to pick up our children from school on Fridays and bring them home for a meal.
Here's the problem. When we get home from work, we are always ...Read more
Dear Annie: I am a black physician who was born in Haiti. From my first days in the United States (in the early 1960s), I have been appalled at the "race" tag hanging on all of us.
I can understand ethnicity and country of origin, but when I hear the word "race," I always feel all of us are from the same "human race." After all, we don't ...Read more
Dear Annie: My husband, "Chuck," and my best friend, "Lorna," partnered to purchase and remodel old houses for rental. At first, it worked well. Chuck did the physical work, and Lorna did the aesthetic stuff. But they had too many clashes and decided to call it quits.
Chuck suggested they split the four properties evenly. He thought Lorna had...Read more
Dear Annie: In January, I finally married the woman of my dreams. "Julie" was sweet and kind, with lots of love to give. Things went well for a few weeks, but then everything changed. Julie has always had issues with depression. She'd be overwhelmed from time to time but always came to me for comfort. Suddenly, she didn't want me near her when...Read more
Dear Annie: I am 29 and have been a teacher in a small town for seven years. During this time, I have had two serious relationships, but neither worked out.
Recently, my mother has been on me about moving so I can find someone to marry and have kids. I understand that she doesn't want me to be alone, but, Annie, I have wonderful friends here....Read more
Dear Annie: My husband is a wonderful man in almost every respect. But when we are in the car together, he uses road rage to manipulate me into agreeing to things I don't want. He'll drive threateningly if I don't say it's OK for him to take that fishing trip or go to a movie. When he is the driver, he controls everyone because we are ...Read more
Dear Annie: My husband and I have a 20-year-old daughter, "Brianna." We pay for her private college tuition, as well as all of her expenses.
In August, Brianna was invited for a weeklong trip to Hawaii with her boyfriend's family. She decided to go without discussing it with us. We had made plans to get her a new apartment that week so she ...Read more
Dear Annie: I want to share my story of depression -- and hope -- so that it might help others.
I'm nearly 50 now, but only recently did I recognize the depression that has plagued my life. I had the symptoms for decades: bursts of anger, loss of appetite, lack of interest in work and activities, avoiding people, constantly thinking about ...Read more