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Annie's Mailbox: Desperate in Massachusetts

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Dear Annie: I've been married for 24 years and have five children (two in college). I have spent most of my married years raising them, taking care of the home front and minding our family business.

Two years ago, my husband retired early, at age 45, and promised he'd find other work to compensate for the expected loss of income. After a year ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Annoyed Bride

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Dear Annie: When I was a young teen, a family member informed me that when my mother was in high school, before she married my father, she became pregnant. The young man with whom she was involved refused to take responsibility and marry her. As a result, the baby was given up for adoption.

I never told my mother I knew this and respected her ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Reluctant Girlfriend

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Dear Annie: I am a sophomore in college and have been dating "Andrew" for nearly six months. He lives with his father and stepfamily. There are several legal problems involving abuse in Andrew's family. Social Services visits their house often to check up on things. Along with that, his family has no sense of financial responsibility, and much ...Read more

Headed for Retirement in Michigan

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Dear Annie: I wonder what you would say to a son who is constantly demanding that his father make out a will and leave his 10-acre property to him, excluding his sister.

My husband and I have been married just over a year. He has a grown son and daughter from a previous marriage, both of whom are married with children of their own. I have two ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Going Gray (Early) Grandmother

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Dear Annie: I have a toddler grandson (18 months old), and his mother leaves him alone in the bathtub. The other day, when I walked into their home, he was by himself in the tub while she was feeding his newborn sister in another room.

I am so worried that something may happen. We all know how fast a tragedy can occur. Please don't tell me to ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Mother Who Needs Rules in Florida

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Dear Annie: My daughter graduated from high school in June. "Kaitlin" has a serious boyfriend, and they spend almost all of their time at our house.

My husband says a 10 p.m. curfew is sufficient time to say goodnight, regardless of whether it's a Monday or a weekend. I think he could be a bit more lenient, especially on Friday and Saturday ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Wanting To Hurt No One

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Dear Annie: I have three children under the age of 10. When our oldest two were very young, my husband and I asked my brother, "Ned," and his wife to be the guardians of our children, even though they lived in another state. We chose them over my sister, "Dotty," because at the time, Dotty was engaged to a man no one in the family liked. Their ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Worried Friend Down South

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Dear Annie: My best friend and I are widows in our 70s. "Agatha" has suddenly gone gaga over a widower who wants her to move into his place, pay rent, and split the grocery and utility bills. He will take care of the garage, yard and car, and she will take care of the house. This man also wants her to rent her house for income for the two of ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Concerned Mother

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Dear Annie: Our son, "Cody," is 11 years old and a good boy. This was his first year competing on the school track team, and he did well, mostly third-place finishes and one second. We could not attend his last track meet, and when I picked him up, he excitedly told me that he'd placed first in the mile run. My husband and I were very proud of ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Cupcakes Not Cantaloupes

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Dear Annie: I'm a young-looking, middle-aged woman and recently married a man several years younger than I am. My figure is petite, and I'm small-chested. Though he told me early in our relationship that breast size doesn't matter to him, he has made several remarks about breast implants and most recently said, "Everyone likes to look at a nice ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Mixed Feelings in North Carolina

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Dear Annie: I am married with three children. Recently, my husband, without much research, discussion or preparation, decided that he was going to join the Army National Guard. (He had served in the Army before I knew him.) I know this is something he really wants to do, but I am worried about the impact his choice will have on me and our three ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Worried Co-worker

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Dear Annie: I work in an office of about 100. About six months ago, two co-workers (male and female) began arriving at work early, together, walking each other to their offices and hanging out. Both of them are married to others.

At first, their actions weren't noticeable, but now, more and more people are talking about the obviously close "...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Husband X

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Dear Annie: I'm a 35-year-old mother of five. In January, I was rushed to the hospital because I thought I was having a heart attack. It turned out to be a pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lungs). After leaving the hospital, I did everything the doctor told me. I quit smoking cold turkey after 20 years, and I changed my diet.

Physically,...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: The Maid of Honor

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Dear Annie: I am a 20-year-old, single female. I have been friends with "Tony" for two years. Tony is 25, married and has two children.

About a year ago, I started having feelings for Tony. He and his wife were separated at the time. (She'd had an affair.) Then he and his wife got back together. Two weeks ago, Tony told me he has feelings for ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Three Flustered People

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Dear Annie: I am one of three adult children in our family. We had another brother, but he died several years ago, leaving a wife and child.

When our mom passed away recently, she left me as the administrator of her trust. Mom had the idea that since one of her four children was gone, her inheritance should be split between her three living ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Devastated Wife

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Dear Annie: Last week, I made a shocking discovery while cleaning my bedroom. My husband had several pornographic tapes that he had recorded from the adult-channel network.

We work opposite shifts and see each other only on weekends. I had no idea he was keeping this pornography in our house. We've been married 30 years and have always enjoyed ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Turned Stomach

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Dear Annie: I'm a 55-year-young woman. On Mother's Day, I went to lunch with my family, at my sister's house.

One of my brothers was giving the other brother advice about something that was happening in his life. They were sitting across from me, and when my brother was finished, he looked in my direction, and I started to sing. It was only a ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Mister Sister Blues

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Dear Annie: My wife and I have a baby girl, "Alice," now a year old. My wife's divorced sister, "Leora," stayed with us during most of my wife's pregnancy and moved into an apartment across the street several months after Alice's birth. She has been around constantly ever since.

The sisters always have been best friends. The two of them ended ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Odd Woman Out

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Dear Annie: My husband, "Jack," and I have been together for 11 years and married for one. When we first met, he was dating "Sofi." He broke off the relationship with her when he met me. The breakup was extremely difficult for Sofi, and she had trouble letting go.

Recently, Jack's job has brought the two of them back into contact. This job is a...Read more



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