Dear Annie: This is my second marriage. My husband has two children from his first marriage and a stepdaughter. His first wife had several affairs. I feel it may have been due to his lack of support for her. He was always working and never had time for his wife and kids.
We married five years after his divorce. My husband and I are happy, and...Read more
Dear Annie: I am 15 and the oldest of four boys. During one of many fights between my parents, my mom left the house with my brothers and me, and we spent the night at a shelter.
Our grandparents told our father that we have no values because we went with our mom. They say we are old enough to know better. This makes us feel guilty about the ...Read more
Dear Annie: My mother-in-law and her husband moved in with us 10 years ago. They even built an addition onto our house, from which we will gain financially if we ever sell it. During this time, I've enjoyed Mom's help with our two kids and the freedom it gives my husband and me. We enjoy childfree vacations every year and go out to dinner ...Read more
Dear Annie: My friend "Don" has spent a few days with me at the family beach house the past three summers in a row. The second year, he hinted about going again and was very pleased when I asked him back. But then he started referring to "his room" at the beach house and making regular comments about "next year" in a way that assumed it was ...Read more
Dear Annie: My grandmother died the day before I was scheduled for an important job interview. I'd received notice two weeks prior, and it said there would be no rescheduling of the interview for any reason whatsoever. If I failed to show up, I would be barred from being hired for another year.
I was desperate for work, and when my father ...Read more
Dear Readers: Happy July 4th! While you're grilling hot dogs, scooping potato salad and spending the day with family and friends, please remember the reason we celebrate this day. Here's one of our favorite pieces, originally written in 1955 as a public relations advertisement for the Norfolk and Western Railway company magazine (now the ...Read more
Dear Annie: I've been friends with "Jane" and "Carol" since college. Unfortunately, since her mom died well over a decade ago, Jane has become a hermit. She is distant, and whenever we make plans, she makes an excuse at the very last minute to cancel on us. We're frustrated.
While I can sympathize with her terrible loss, I feel she needs to ...Read more
Dear Annie: I have a lifelong friend who, over the past 10 years, has gotten so steeped in her church that she has become unbearable. She tells me constantly (bragging is more like it) about how her God has blessed her and her family with their new house, all her lovely grandchildren, and getting her together with her current husband (they met...Read more
Dear Annie: My wife of 38 years recently reconnected on Facebook with the guy she was seeing before we started dating. She spent a lengthy amount of time catching up with him on the phone and then asked whether I would be upset if she met with him to discuss the past 40 years. I didn't tell her "no," but I did say I wasn't crazy about the idea...Read more
Dear Annie: My mother-in-law has a serious medical condition, and her health is rapidly deteriorating. Unfortunately, her failing health is not something she is willing to deal with.
My husband and I live in a different state. When we last visited, we were shocked at how bad things were. Bills were unpaid because she couldn't remember to get ...Read more
Dear Annie: I'm puzzled about something. I'm a straight female senior citizen with totally white hair. Although I think I am still quite attractive, I do look like a senior citizen. I would like to know whether there is any truth to a rumor I recently heard that today's lesbians are attracted to older women with white hair.
In the past two ...Read more
Dear Annie: I've been trying to write a novel for a year. The problem is, I have no support from my family. My wife and friends always groan when I ask them to read what I've written. I'm trying to be considerate of their level of interest and don't want them to be annoyed with me, but I need some feedback on my writing.
That being said, ...Read more
Dear Annie: A distant relative, whose family I had never heard of, contacted me on the Internet begging for family photos and history for her grandmother.
Out of the goodness of my heart and at great expense, I took a week and sorted through ancient photos and family history, scanned and labeled the photos, and emailed them to her. However, ...Read more
Dear Annie: We live in a quiet family neighborhood. Recently, a neighbor tried to locate the owner of a rental home next door in order to discuss a shared fence issue. When our neighbor could find no contact information through the city department of housing, he searched the Internet. He was shocked to discover that for the past 10 years, the ...Read more
Dear Annie: My older sister, "Johanna," was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer two years ago. Since then, she seems to have one new "lifelong dream" after another that she expects my brother and me to finance.
My brother has worked hard his entire life and saved his money. He tried helping Johanna with her first dream (a house) with a ...Read more
Dear Annie: My husband and I both work 18-hour days at a hospital. When we get home, we are exhausted. Since our schedules are irregular, however, our siblings seem to think it means we are always available for free babysitting.
My husband's sister (a stay-at-home mom) is forever dropping off her toddler, saying she needs to "de-stress." She ...Read more
Dear Annie: I'm very concerned about my pregnant daughter-in-law's diet. She studied nutrition in college, but you'd never know it.
My son, his wife and their two little children drove here for an overnight visit so we could see them before her next child is born in August. I know they ate at a fast-food place during the drive. I can ...Read more
Dear Annie: I have a longtime friend who has become quite difficult to be around because she talks nonstop about herself. She is a single professional woman who is intelligent and talented. But I think living alone causes her to unleash all of her thoughts on me. Honestly, I sometimes don't even make an effort to talk about what's going on in ...Read more
Dear Annie: I am in middle school, and a girl on my softball team was the victim of a terrible incident. Her dad was killed in a car crash caused by a drunk driver. She has been heartbroken ever since.
I constantly wonder if I can do anything to help her. I hate it when people are sad. Should I do anything besides comfort her with words? ...Read more