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Sexy senior singleton seeks same

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: After 25 years, my marriage reached a dead end, and I took the leap into singledom at age 63.

I am now a vibrant, attractive divorced woman with a lot to offer. I look forward to spending the next chapter of my life with a special man.

In the last year I've dated two men -- both loving, age-appropriate companions -- who claimed to ...Read more

Parenthood points and perks don't add up

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My husband and I met five years ago. We traveled extensively, mostly out of necessity. I worked as a consultant, traveling for work.

Vacations were great because my work travel gave me point status at hotels, as well as big client bonuses.

I now work from home and take care of our 1-year-old.

My husband and I were planning a ...Read more

Former high school jerk yearns to make amends

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I was a very unhappy person up until my 20s. I'll spare you the melodrama, but I didn't grow up in the best home and had very poor social skills. After learning to manage some real anxiety and depression issues and a lot of therapy, I've been in a much better place for a long time. I'm now in my late 40s.

After a recent class reunion ...Read more

Use a stick, not a carrot, to curb constant talking

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I love and respect my wife. But we can't converse because she is always talking. When we go out with friends her verbal domination exhausts everyone. She repeats generally well-worn childhood stories. Her style is intense, yet repetitive, and endlessly meandering. She conducts a running monologue when others attempt to get a word in ...Read more

Uncle needs to do some uncle-ing

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My parents spend winters in warmer climates. Their return home will coincide with a family get-together at their house.

In attendance will be my 20-something niece and her boyfriend -- whose behavior needs improvement. He's a nice guy otherwise, but he is evidently unaware of how to carry himself thoughtfully.

At my parent's 60th ...Read more

Family worries about sister's fiance

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My sister has been dating "Bob" for 18 months. About six months into dating, Bob began to publicly display odd behavior, such as asking my father if he was going to be put into his will, or if he'd be given one of his cars.

This prompted a few family members (including myself) to look into this guy's history. We found out that he lied...Read more

Grieving mother diminishes others' problems

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My older sister and her family are survivors of suicide.

My nephew killed himself on his father's birthday, eight years ago. The pain and grief have been deep and endless. My sister and I are close. I've stood by her side during the darkest of times. After all this time, she puts on a happy face but is prone to flashes of anger toward...Read more

Aunt cries over niece's life choices

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My 21-year-old niece will be graduating from a well-known college in May.

She has already secured a great job in another state and has the potential to relocate to their different offices around the world. She is bright, beautiful and has a budding future ahead of her.

Here's the rub: She announced in January that she and her (off-...Read more

Older mother drives, but never arrives

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: Recently my nephew got married.

My mom RSVP'd for the wedding and made the five-hour drive with her husband to the city the wedding was in, but then didn't attend the wedding and reception.

Her excuse was the fact that my stepfather had forgotten to pack dress clothes (there was no dress code for the wedding; jeans would have been ...Read more

Engaged couple's relationship is in escrow

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I am recently engaged. We have been together for almost three years.

Like all new couples, we have had our rough patches but we worked through them.

We just bought a house! Except, in reality HE just bought a house.

I asked to take a loan out together, but he refused and said he wanted to get it alone.

I told him I did not feel ...Read more

Childhood incident is framed as assault

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: Six years ago, my two grandchildren were playing "family" in a makeshift fort with blankets hung for walls. These two cousins were both 6 years old at the time.

Sometime during their play, clothes were removed and my grandson kissed his female cousin's bottom.

Since then, my daughter-in-law sees her daughter as a victim and her ...Read more

Recovering mom doesn't want dog at home

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: For the past 2-1/2 years my son (now 9) has been asking for a dog. I've been saying no because while I like dogs, I prefer them in other people's houses.

I didn't want to take on the considerable expense and care for a dog.

Four months ago, I had a brain aneurysm. Thankfully, I am OK and recovering. However, during my recovery in the...Read more

Artist's Instagram request is insta-ignored

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I have an Instagram account that solely functions to promote and sell my artwork.

I sent my cousin's wife a request to follow her on Instagram.

She accepted my request to follow her, but she never chose to accept my request for her to follow ME. This is equivalent to sending someone a friend request on FB and they then ignore it. The...Read more

Baby shower brings on the Showerzillas

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I was asked (along with four other women) to help plan my friend "Kath's" baby shower. When we first met up to discuss the baby shower, we talked about the normal, usual things like the theme, food, games -- things like that.

Kath and her mother have turned what is supposed to be a simple, intimate event into a full-blown catastrophe....Read more

Wife's extreme weight loss tilts the marriage

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I have been married for 16 years, and have been with my wife for 18 years.

She is 5 feet, 4 inches tall and has always weighed around 200 to 230 pounds. Eight months ago she had gastric bypass and now weighs 135 pounds.

I know she is healthier and she is happier, but I am miserable, as I feel I lost the person I fell in love with.

...Read more

Young adult ponders leasing car to mom

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I'm 24 and live on my own. I have generous, loving parents. They paid for college, still pay my car insurance and phone bill, and every so often will buy me groceries. My folks are not rich, but they would rather see my brothers and me benefit from the money they have, than spend it on themselves.

Last September, my car was totaled ...Read more

Has social media flipped the relationship pyramid?

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I'm a senior citizen, and am very active on social media.

I've noticed that my adult children and grandchildren tend to share big announcements publicly without first notifying their close family members.

Is this the new normal? Or am I expecting too much from them?

It really stings when I read that they are expecting a baby or are ...Read more

Doormat mom finds ways to retaliate

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My mother is a doormat. For 38 years, I've observed her give in and give in repeatedly in her relationships. It's as if she is always thinking, "If I just give this person what they want today, they will be nice to me tomorrow." Instead, my dad, my grandma and her boss react by just demanding more and more.

Because she doesn't stand ...Read more

Girlfriend's control raises red flags

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I think my girlfriend is in touch with her ex quite a bit, via text, phone and social media.

She does not want me to have an Instagram account, so I deleted the one I had. She blocked me on Twitter, said she would unblock me, but she never did. She is very secretive and protective of her phone and makes sure to hide it from me if I ...Read more

Husband and dad ponders leaving his marriage

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My marriage is not a particularly happy one. My wife and I were both older when we met and running out of time to have children, so we probably settled.

My wife presented herself to me for years as someone with a strong moral character. She demonstrated that she had class, but when we married, she turned into a whining, nagging, ...Read more


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