Dear Annie: I have eight grandchildren and I love them all. I make sure to spend equal amounts of time and care with each one of them.
The problem is my son's 3-year-old child. My son and his wife live with his mother-in-law in another state. I have been unable to see this grandson, because the wife and her mother are so afraid of colds that ...Read more
Dear Annie: I am struggling with my neighbors. They have not one, but two barking dogs, which is double the noise. They confine the dogs to their backyard, which happens to be adjacent to ours. The barking drones on for hours, sometimes days, from very early morning until long after sunset. Our master bedroom, as well as our kitchen and family ...Read more
Dear Annie: I am livid about my 72-year-old mother's physicians. Over the past few years, they kept writing her more and more prescriptions for opioid pain medication, despite our expressions of concern. When she ran out of pills before she could get another prescription, she experienced full-blown psychosis. Patients need hospital care in order...Read more
Dear Annie: My youngest son, "Ian," is soon to marry the "love of his life." I haven't had much of an opportunity to get to know "Tess," but my wife has spent time with her and really likes her. Around me, however, Tess seems to be reserved and quiet. I asked Ian about her reticence and after some hesitation, he told me that Tess finds me "...Read more
Dear Annie: I've been married for 32 years to "Conrad," and we have two terrific adult sons. My mother-in-law will be 87 soon, and Conrad is her only child. I have never had a good relationship with her in spite of all my efforts. She chose not to attend our wedding reception because it was hosted by her late ex-husband's second wife. Instead, ...Read more
Dear Annie: I've been seeing a very nice man for more than a year. We are both in our late 50s and divorced. He is affectionate and kind, and I love him quite a lot. He doesn't have any of the obvious problems -- money, drugs or alcohol, but one thing bothers me a lot. He likes to wear women's thigh-high stockings.
He started wearing the ...Read more
Dear Annie: My wife and I have been married for 22 years and have two wonderful children. We both have college degrees and full-time jobs.
I am an optimistic introvert, and she is a pessimistic extrovert. We have never been close to each other socially. We have different interest and physical abilities. We also don't communicate much, even on ...Read more
Dear Annie: I am hoping to retire in six years. I have been investing some money through my job and have accumulated a comfortable amount. My wife had a similar fund at her job, but took the money out a few years ago. She says she doesn't know where she spent it, but I'm pretty sure it went to her daughter (from another marriage), the same place...Read more
Dear Annie: My 26-year-old daughter has been married to a wonderful, hardworking man for three years. They have a beautiful child and a nice home. The problem is my son-in-law's mother.
This woman has disliked my daughter from day one, and for no discernible reason. My daughter and her husband tried talking things out with her, but she always ...Read more
Dear Annie: I am a manager of a small company. The problem is, one employee burps uncontrollably throughout the day. She seems shocked every time it happens. I find this to be unprofessional and rude, and it is horribly embarrassing when it occurs in front of colleagues. People laugh behind her back. I've tried to make a joke of it by brushing ...Read more
Dear Annie: My ex-son-in-law has temporary custody of my granddaughter, "Cathy," who is 8. Every time I buy her something, she wants to leave it at my house. I couldn't understand why so I asked her father. He said it was because Cathy had overheard him talking to his ex (my daughter), fussing that Cathy would lose things they bought her, or she...Read more
Dear Annie: After more than 30 years, my husband has turned into one disgusting human being. He retired on disability some time ago, and has slowly gone from a very intelligent man to a human cesspool.
He burps loudly and thinks his flatulence is amusing, and he believes that I should just put up with both. After years of trying to be a ...Read more
Dear Annie: My wife of 44 years and I have two adopted children. Our son was perfect -- no trouble, a college diploma, a good job, etc. We bought him a car at 16, and another when he graduated college. We helped with the furniture for his first apartment. We loaned him the down payment on his house and he paid us back.
Our daughter, however, ...Read more
Dear Annie: For 10 years, I have had an unwritten business partnership with a woman 26 years my senior. It has mostly worked well, until "Doris" crashed her car into a tree two years ago and had her license suspended. Though no one was hurt, and the tree survived, the car was totaled, and Doris isn't allowed to drive anymore.
Since then, her ...Read more
Dear Annie: My fiance, "Derek," and I have been together for four years and recently purchased a home. Here's the problem: Derek's father passed away a year ago, and since then, Derek has been drinking a lot. I'd like to get married and start a family, but I am finding it really difficult to want a life with him.
I have not spoken to anyone ...Read more
Dear Readers: Happy Valentine's Day to one and all, along with our special good wishes to our veterans in VA hospitals around the country. And our particular thanks and appreciation to those readers who have taken the time to send valentines, visit the vets and volunteer at VA facilities. Bless each and every one of you. You are truly caring and...Read more
Dear Annie: My wife has gotten so many animals that it is out of control. Every time she gets upset or sad, she goes out and purchases another animal. Right now, we own eight cats, four bunnies, six rats, two cows and two horses. Our house smells like cat feces and our yard smells like cow and horse poop. Whenever we eat, the cats jump onto the ...Read more
Dear Annie: My only sibling has stopped speaking to me. My brother had a son 26 years ago. He claims he knew nothing about the child until I told him six months ago that he should take responsibility for his oldest son. We had words, and he texted me not to contact him, ever, and to have a great life.
I did call and left a message wishing him ...Read more
Dear Annie: My girlfriend has a thing that she does with her 10-year-old son that I find borderline weird.
The first time I was at her home, while we were cooking dinner together, her son started whining, "Can we do it now, please? Please?" and she says OK and tells me she'll be back in a minute. The two of them then go into the living room. ...Read more