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Ask Amy: Woman feels the tick tock biological clock

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Dear Amy: I am a woman about to turn 35 years old. I have been with my boyfriend for a year and a half. He is a wonderful, caring and nurturing man who will stick with me through thick and thin. He’d be a wonderful dad.

Neither of us have ever had children. We have had many discussions about our future: getting married, living together, and ...Read more

Ask Amy: Husband has a ‘mommy’ problem

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Dear Amy: My husband isn’t capable of speaking with ME about decisions in our marriage and insists on running to his mommy for everything.

Instead of planning events that he and I could attend, he has to ask his mommy. Instead of speaking to me about what’s going on in his life, it has to be mommy.

We’ve been together for eight years and...Read more

Ask Amy: A broken couple pretends to be ‘whole’

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Dear Amy: I have been married for over 30 years. At our 25th anniversary dinner, my wife told me she was interested in trying an “open marriage.” I was shocked, thinking that we still had a strong desire for each other. Later, at a counseling session, when asked if she was physically attracted to me, she said flippantly, “Not now, never ...Read more

Ask Amy: In this relationship, the ‘comfort zone’ is a Twilight Zone

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Dear Amy: My partner and I have been fighting nonstop. He wants me to step out of my comfort zone. I have tried.

I let my best friend stay over for a weekend, despite the overwhelming anxiety that something might happen between them while she was with us.

Now, he keeps making passing remarks that if she stays over again, and something happens,...Read more

Ask Amy: Family members are conflicted about compassion

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Dear Amy: I have been invited to a family event. One of the other guests, a relative, was recently arrested for possessing child pornography.

I want to make it very clear that, as far as I know, he has not physically abused any children. My wife refuses to attend.

I’ve known this man my entire life. I have always liked him. Naturally, I was ...Read more

Ask Amy: This woman’s place is in the home – alone!

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Dear Amy: I am a wife to a good husband who is 12 years older than I am.

We recently lost his wonderful mother (at age 93), and mine (she was 80 when she died).

I loved both of these women and I miss them terribly.

My mother lived with my husband and me for the past five years, and I took care of her.

Now that she is gone, I am craving ...Read more

Ask Amy: Husband’s secret could make for awkward vacation

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Dear Amy: I just found out (from reading an exchange of text messages) that my husband of 40 years has reconnected with an old girlfriend.

They have been actively corresponding for about a year. Both are in their 70s.

Their relationship is far more than a happy re-connection between old friends, catching up and sharing their news. They act ...Read more

Ask Amy: Post-divorce disclosure brings about dilemma

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Dear Amy: After we divorced (decades ago), at some point my ex-husband told me that he was the father of another boy (he and I have two sons).

He said the woman had used him as a “sperm donor” without his knowledge and that she wasn’t interested in him playing any role in the child’s life, nor did she want any money from him.

I’ve ...Read more

Ask Amy: Mother wonders if daughter is too happy

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Dear Amy: My 31-year-old daughter is "happy with her size." She doesn't seem to mind that she's nearly 300 pounds at 5-foot 5-inches tall — until she has a mood swing and then she gets mad at me because I'm not big like her.

I never bring up the subject — ever.

I don't know what to say and have to be very careful how I address the subject....Read more

Ask Amy: Vaccination status stumps hesitant guests

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Dear Amy: Recently a couple with whom my husband and I were casual friends some years ago moved to our city.

We helped them with a few things related to their move, such as storing some of their items and finding various service people.

They're now settled into their new house and have asked us to come to dinner. However, based upon some ...Read more

Ask Amy: Bad chemistry leads to awkward visits

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Dear Amy: My husband and I have spent several of the past few summers visiting (his) longtime family friends at their vacation home. They are always very kind and welcoming.

While I enjoy the wife in this couple, I find the husband to be very off-putting.

In the beginning, I put it down to my own distaste and made the best of the situation. I ...Read more

Ask Amy: Remote grandmother struggles to connect

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Dear Amy: My only granddaughter is 17 years old.

Her mother was my only daughter, but she died 15 years ago.

We have lived 1,600 miles apart for years, now.

When she was going to turn 12, my husband and I flew her out to our house and she traveled with us for about three weeks.

We bonded well. I thought everything was going great when we ...Read more

Ask Amy: Ex-boyfriend seeks repentance

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Dear Amy: A couple of months ago, my girlfriend broke up with me.

She was right to do this.

I was unemployed at the time and took out my frustration on her, sometimes in psychologically cruel ways.

I have no excuses for that and have since come to feel profoundly remorseful for my behavior.

I desperately want — need — to make amends and ...Read more

Ask Amy: Youth sports commitments spark responses

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Dear Readers: A recent question from a dad (“J”) who felt pressured by his mother to attend family events over his kids’ sporting events prompted a lively response on both sides of a consistent and challenging parenting issue: The pressure sports programs place on players and their parents, who are frequently required to travel to games on...Read more

Ask Amy: No vaccination card? No problem!

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Dear Amy: My brother and his wife were both sick with the Coronavirus very early in the pandemic. Thankfully, both recovered with no lingering effects.

However, neither intends to be vaccinated. Because of their experience, they believe it is no worse than the flu, and both have been sharply critical of the government, particularly with regard ...Read more

Ask Amy: Instagram dad doesn’t become instant father

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Dear Amy: My daughter recently located her biological father on Instagram. She is 25 years old.

She has reached out to him multiple times over the last several months to try and have a relationship with him and to meet her siblings.

He doesn't seem very interested and doesn't even keep in touch with her unless she makes contact first and ...Read more

Ask Amy: Hot and dusty traveler has to beg for water

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Dear Amy: Several times now, I have been invited to visit the homes of old friends during my travels to distant states, but when I have done that, I’ve been surprised at how inhospitable some people are.

They know when I will be there, and I make sure to call an hour before arriving. Just last week, I visited a person I have known since grade...Read more

Ask Amy: Addict in recovery wonders about disclosure

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Dear Amy: I am a recovering addict. I have been clean been for over 20 years.

I was in a very mentally and physically abusive relationship with my first husband (the father of my children), and he has since passed away.

Finally, I met ...Read more

Ask Amy: Addict in recovery wonders about disclosure

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Dear Amy: I am a recovering addict. I have been clean been for over 20 years.

I was in a very mentally and physically abusive relationship with my first husband (the father of my children), and he has since passed away.

Finally, I met ...Read more

Ask Amy: Surprise pregnancy leaves gran in a family’s way

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Dear Amy: My son is in a relationship with a (slightly older) female.

She has three children from two previous relationships.

My son was not ready to settle down with her but then the pregnancy happened. Now they have a child together.

My son moved in with her (of course).

I've tried to be friendly toward her, but she is not one to ...Read more

 

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