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Silver dater meets Mr. Corvette

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I am a 60-year-old woman, out of the dating scene for many years.

I met a wonderful man on an online dating site. We spoke for a couple of weeks, and then met for dinner.

He lives two hours away, so I got a hotel room nearby him for the night.

He picked me up in a brand-new Corvette and took me to dinner at a wonderful restaurant on...Read more

Friend wants her bestie to give up the ghost

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My best friend "Maria," who I've known since high school, has ghosted me three times within the last four years. Maria is like a sister to me. She is the godmother to my kids, as I am to hers.

When we reconnect after her silence (which lasts months), it is because I initiate it. She apologizes and tells me that she loves me and misses...Read more

Rape victim wonders if childhood assault was her fault

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: When I was 11 years old (almost 12) I had a huge crush on this guy.

He was 18, but he was like Fonzie and liked hanging around the younger crowd.

Someone we both knew told him I liked him, and one day he said he was going to camp in the hills where I lived. He asked if I wanted to come up and see him while he was camping, and I did. ...Read more

Physician's symptoms could be sign of illness

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My son-in-law is a physician at a large hospital.

He is exceptionally smart and well regarded, but he's also incredibly dumb at the same time. His errors, goofs and mistakes have gotten so bad, that we often think twice before inviting him and my daughter anywhere. He is a one-man debacle.

In only the last few months, he's started a ...Read more

Expectant parents want to avoid gender stereotypes

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My husband and I are expecting our first baby. We would prefer to avoid all hyper-gendered baby trappings.

For us, this goes beyond the usual pink and blue, as we've seen baby clothing with incredibly sexist language -- e.g. "Born to shop" or "Future trophy wife" for girls, and "Lock up your daughters" for boys.

Our goal is to ...Read more

Mother and son worry about disclosing sexuality

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: Last year, my 16-year-old son came out as bisexual.

He is still struggling with this. My family has mainly been supportive. Even my father, who is a very conservative person and right-wing politically, has overcome his own prejudices in order to support his grandson.

The problem is my sister, who is even more extreme than my father. ...Read more

Wronged wife blames the cellphone

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I learned via text message that my husband is in a relationship with another woman.

He made the mistake of sending a text to me, instead of the woman he is having an affair with.

After more than 20 years of marriage, every single person we know is stunned by this.

I am absolutely LIVID with this woman and have every intention of ...Read more

Needy single mom feels abandoned by church family

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I was a stay-at-home mom with three children. I lived comfortably, and my husband always took care of the finances.

We were members of a nice church where we'd tithe 15 percent of our income and donate large sums on top of that. I agreed with my husband and our pastor that this was important.

Well, my husband blew through our money, ...Read more

Engagement can happen without 'nagging'

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: This summer, my boyfriend and I will be celebrating our seventh anniversary as a couple.

We have been living together for a year. He's 32, and I'm turning 26.

I am ready for the next step: engagement. While he says he wants to be engaged, too, he doesn't seem to be taking any steps to get us there.

It seems like everyone around us ...Read more

Husband and wife disagree over work-life balance

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: Recently, my husband said that for him, work will always be the first priority.

This is something that has never been "divulged" in our almost five-year marriage.

This pains me, as I would assume that our marriage/family would be the first priority, with work/career being a close second.

We have gone back and forth on this, and it ...Read more

Successful son fails at relationship with mom

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My adult son is highly successful in a demanding field. He and I have had a close and loving relationship for all of his life -- until recently.

The more success and recognition he gains, the harder he is on me, finding fault with little things. This leads to a lecture on my "bad behavior," sending hurtful texts, and with the latest ...Read more

Battered woman contemplates remarrying ex-husband

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I am so shattered. I remarried my husband twice, and now he is asking for me to marry him for the third time.

I know he's having an affair with one of his high school flings. The second time we got married, the minister, who didn't know we had been married before, mentioned the "holy sacrament" and proclaimed the "mystery of marriage....Read more

Teacher violates boundaries with students at home

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My wife and I have been married for 12 years. We have three boys. My wife is a high school teacher. She teaches higher-level math, and we have always had her students over at our house for help outside of school.

I have always been supportive of this, but last year she had a student who didn't really need help come over. This student ...Read more

ICE-age dilemma brings on icy response

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: Several weeks ago, my longtime next-door neighbor and friend, "Meredith," called me with a dilemma. One of her former students was on the run from ICE. This student had fled his apartment without his belongings, including an address book containing Meredith's address, making it unsafe for him to take refuge with her.

She called to see...Read more

Woman feels hoodwinked by closeted man

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I was widowed in my 30s, with three young children. It was a very painful process to lose my husband at the young age of 39.

I began to date after two years, never expecting anything to come out of it. I met a very kind and thoughtful man, "Steven," who accepted me and my children.

Steven and I dated for two years. The first year was...Read more

Vegas wedding leads to work email feud

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: A work friend was getting married, and she decided to have her wedding in Las Vegas. I was not able to attend the wedding, but I made her bridal veil, and participated in a group gift from work friends.

Afterward, she sent a group email at work, thanking all of her "true friends" that "bothered to come to the wedding." I received no ...Read more

Parent catches child being cruel at the pool

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My youngest daughter "Sara," (12) is as sweet as pie to those she loves. She also speaks her mind -- sometimes too plainly. Her mother and I have always waffled between being happy that she sticks up for herself, and concerned that her bluntness will alienate people.

Recently an older girl, "Carrie," approached me at our public pool. ...Read more

Jogger wonders how to respond to street harassment

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: The other day, I was out for a jog when two young men pointed their cameras at me and shouted a disgusting and pejorative slang word referring to my breasts, which I cannot repeat here.

I was humiliated and angry with them for their behavior, but I didn't know the best way to respond: Introduce myself and engage in conversation? Grab ...Read more

Wife needs to translate the 'love languages'

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I have been happily married to my husband for two years. While he is loving, and a good provider, he is not overly romantic. I would love nothing more than for him to surprise me with some flowers one day because he was thinking of me, but he's never given me flowers. Valentine's Day comes and goes without a peep from ...Read more

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