Dear Annie: Six years ago, I tried to take my own life. I was a popular high school student, excelled at sports and had a girlfriend and a supportive family who were always there for me. People thought I had it all. What they didn't realize was that I was struggling with debilitating depression.
One night, when things seemed hopeless and I ...Read more
Dear Annie: My cousin is a police officer in a neighboring city, and we only see him when the whole family is together. Recently, he was caught on camera beating up a woman he'd pulled over for something. From his statement and the camera footage, it seems the woman got mouthy and he responded physically. It was graphic.
We're all keeping ...Read more
Dear Annie: I am devastated. I just found out that my baby sister, as executor of my older sister's estate, sold the family house and possessions without discussing this with family or other beneficiaries.
There is nothing we can do to recover the assets unless we initiate legal action to stop her self-serving behavior, and I don't want to do...Read more
Dear Annie: I love my husband, but I don't like him anymore. He is disrespectful to me because I am overweight, and he has been after me for years to lose the extra pounds. He uses filthy language when he speaks to me and says it's OK because I am disrespecting him by not losing weight.
I'm 58 years old, have back problems, wear a size 8 and ...Read more
Dear Annie: I have a problem that I have never seen in your column.
My 64-year-old father-in-law sends my middle-aged husband pornographic pictures. My husband and I share the same email address, and the last picture was extremely explicit.
My husband does not check his email regularly. When he does, he ignores most of his father's stuff, ...Read more
Dear Annie: I recently became engaged to my boyfriend of four years. Immediately after he proposed, I phoned my parents, who always gave the impression that they liked my boyfriend and enjoyed spending time with him. I thought they'd be happy for us. I was very wrong.
My mom was really angry and said that I am "way too young" to be getting ...Read more
Dear Annie: I am a 57-year-old woman, and my husband is 61. We met online and spent weekends together for seven months before getting married. I was deeply in love with him for the first six months.
Lately, my attitude and feelings have changed dramatically. This man drives me crazy and grosses me out. He is constantly clearing his throat and...Read more
Dear Annie: For many years, my husband and I hosted all the family holidays. Last year, my husband's aunt invited us to stay with her for Thanksgiving and celebrate with her family. We gratefully accepted. She invited my in-laws, as well, although they opted not to go because my father-in-law wasn't well.
The aunt has extended the same ...Read more
Dear Annie: I work for an institution of higher learning. Since getting hired five years ago, I have taken advantage of my surroundings to earn a degree that is directly related to my job.
After three years, my boss told me my degree is pretty much useless. And I didn't get the promotion I had worked really hard for. It went instead to a guy ...Read more
Dear Annie: I am a 64-year-old male with decent looks and of average height. I'm a few pounds overweight, but I am not sloppy. I was married before, but have not had very much luck when it comes to the fairer sex. What sets me apart are two very obvious facts: One, I am disabled. When a woman looks at me, she focuses on my cane. Two, I live in...Read more
Dear Annie: My wife of 25 years feels that emailing and texting male friends is nothing to be concerned about. By accident, I discovered she had visited one of these men when she was supposed to be at her girlfriend's for the weekend. She swears nothing happened. But I checked her laptop and found photographs of the two of them.
When I asked ...Read more
Dear Annie: I started dating "Zach" 18 months ago and have been living with him for almost a year. Things are perfect except for one thing.
Before we met, Zach dated another girl for three years before me. She was horrible and hurtful toward him. When I began seeing Zach, his ex started harassing me to the point where I had to take out a ...Read more
Dear Annie: I have been married for 15 years. My husband and I still live under the same roof (for convenience), but we have drifted our separate ways. The problem is, our teenage son cannot stand to be in the same room with his father. All they do is argue, and my husband pouts like a baby, bottom lip and all.
I have asked our son to try to ...Read more
Dear Annie: My fiance's mother has a rocky relationship with both of her sons. We see her infrequently, but still, my fiance loses his patience with her quickly.
At first I was OK with her, but now she annoys me, as well. She brags about things, pleads to get her way, plans visits without checking with us, is sensitive to being told no or to ...Read more
Dear Annie: Our 19-year-old daughter seems to have found a haven from adulthood in our home. She has resisted any effort to achieve anything outside her comfort level, and as a result, it's not all that comfortable at home for anyone, including her.
She sleeps throughout the day and spends the night burrowed in her room for hours, pursuing ...Read more
Dear Annie: I just found out that my brother, who I thought was in graduate school studying to be a teacher, is actually working as a prison guard. I'm the only one in the family who knows. When I phoned him to get the details, he told me that he'd quit school after one semester because he never really wanted to be a teacher. He said our ...Read more
Dear Annie: My wife of 50 years told me that a longtime friend has called her twice trying to have phone sex. I exploded! She told me not to say anything because it would ruin our friendship with this couple.
I confronted him anyway and told him he disrespected my wife, me and all women in general. He did not deny what he had done. Frankly, I...Read more
Dear Annie: I have been with my husband for 19 years, married for nine. I love him and never had any serious issues with our marriage until four months ago. That's when I discovered that my husband was having an affair. He's been lying to me about it for nearly three years, telling me his work schedule changed. We sought marriage counseling, ...Read more
Dear Annie: I'm dating a divorced man with five children, two of whom still live with their parents in a shared-custody arrangement. The divorce was very bitter, and she put him into bankruptcy. She is a spendaholic and not a pleasant person to be around, always making herself the wronged party.
We put up with her at all functions that ...Read more