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New Wife's Wardrobe Doesn't Measure Up To Cousins' Taste

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My cousin recently married a lovely girl, someone he'd been dating for a couple of years. Our whole family loves her, and she's always been very sweet to us.

She's very intelligent and kind, but the issue is her wardrobe. She's pretty but refuses to wear nice clothes. Instead she wears baggy, boring clothes. Our family is fashion-...Read more

Advancing Age Changes Man In Ways That Surprise Him

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a man in my mid-70s, and I'm beginning to understand why some old people are annoying cranks. It has something to do with the nearly constant physical, emotional and spiritual pain. (And if you're not sleeping well as a result, that only makes things worse.)

My body is breaking down, and something hurts all the time. My wife died...Read more

Friend Frets That Woman Living At Home Is Missing Out On Life

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm having trouble with a friend, Julie. We have been close friends for about five years. Julie is 29, still a virgin and lives at home. I never thought much about her living at home but, as the years go by, her living arrangements have become more front and center.

I'm in a meaningful relationship and recently bought my first home (...Read more

Friend Wants To Be Ready When Man Asks For Help

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm watching the slow-motion destruction of a childhood friend on Facebook. There is substance abuse, infidelity, divorce, the whole lot. It hurts.

He recently admitted that he has struggled with depression for years, but insists he isn't interested in seeing a doctor or a counselor. It sounds like he's been burned in the past. I ...Read more

Constant Talk About Losing Weight Has Unhealthy Effect

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My dad had a heart attack and nearly died a year ago. Since then, he has totally revamped his diet and put forth the effort to eat a plant-based diet to become healthier. It has been a family affair, and my sister jumped on the bandwagon as well.

I have battled for years with an unhealthy relationship with both alcohol and food. I ...Read more

Backup Boyfriend Can't Say No To Teacher He's In Love With

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 39-year-old gay male who was in a relationship with a very attractive 44-year-old teacher. He never wanted to commit to a monogamous relationship.

After 10 months of seeing each other, he informed me that he is about to enter into a relationship with a 22-year-old. He said it was nothing I did, but he is just attracted to ...Read more

Wife Discovers Man Has Been Secretly Recording Arguments

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been married for 10 years and have two children. One of them is a toddler.

I recently found out that my husband has been recording me with his phone at various times without my consent when we have heated arguments. He claims he does it to protect himself in the event that I try to have him arrested.

Abby, there is no abuse ...Read more

Husband Doesn't Give His Lost Wedding Ring A Second Thought

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband (my second, and I am his third wife) and I just returned from a fantastic trip throughout Asia. While removing a piece of luggage from the conveyor belt at JFK Airport, my husband's wedding ring flew off his finger. He glanced at and around the belt for about 12 seconds, shrugged his shoulders, turned and headed for the ...Read more

Extra Food Given To Grieving Families Shouldn't Be Wasted

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I was a bit shocked when I read about the family who disposed of 17 casseroles they were given while they were grieving the loss of a loved one (Enough Is Too Much, July 5). When my dad died, family flooded into our small town. We got casseroles, too, but more appreciated was the huge plastic container filled with all sorts of ...Read more

Daughter Doesn't Share Mom's Devotion To Family Heirlooms

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My mother, who is in her late 60s, is obsessed with family history and preserving attachments to relatives. In addition to being the family genealogist, she collects objects that belonged to relatives or people who might have been relatives, those who share our last name or lived in the same small town as our ancestors.

Her house is ...Read more

Husband Won't Defend Wife From Shunning By His Family

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a 47-year-old woman, married to the love of my life for seven years. Three years ago, my husband's cousin and her mother told him they didn't like me and didn't want me around. I only found out about it two years ago.

I feel humiliated, and it's uncomfortable for me to be around any of them now. I don't get invited most of the ...Read more

New Job Triggers Memories Of Violent Sexual Assault

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: A couple of years ago, I was working as a certified nursing assistant in a nursing home. One day, I decided to stay beyond my usual evening shift into the night shift, as I had a few times before. While working the night shift, I was violently sexually assaulted by a fellow CNA. The incident caused me to be so traumatized that I quit ...Read more

Late-Night Surprise Damages Dad-And-Daughter Relationship

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My 20-year-old daughter recently caught me actively engaged in watching porn. I tried to do it late at night when I thought everyone was asleep. My daughter now thinks I'm a pervert.

Her mother raised her with conservative beliefs about any expression of sexuality. I'm worried about her ability to make a future marriage work, and I ...Read more

Widow Contemplating A Move Is Bound By Many Family Ties

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband died in 2001. There is a man I have been seeing for 17 years I'll call Jack. He has a home in Georgia. I live in Pennsylvania, where I share a home with my grown son and my daughter, her husband and my 6-year-old grandson.

Jack has now retired and wants me to move down to Georgia with him. I have a mortgage on my home, ...Read more

Community Harmony Clouded By New Neighbor's Smoking

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I live in a townhouse in a small development -- just four townhomes with a very relaxed HOA. Since it's just the four of us, we discuss things like needed repairs and come to an agreement.

Our problem is our newest neighbor. She smokes outside at all hours. It prevents the rest of us from enjoying our own outside spaces, nor can we ...Read more

Wife Reaches End Of Her Rope In Life With Domineering Man

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am writing this with overwhelming sadness. My 75-year-old husband is a tyrant. Our neighbors hate him, and so do our children. He is an overbearing, impetuous child.

I cry every day. I can't talk to him without him yelling. I am a subservient person. How do I go on with this? He is very healthy. I try so hard, and I have no life. ...Read more

After Moving Away, Woman Can't Move On From Lost Love

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have known this man, Finn, for years. We grew up together. He was the annoying boy on the playground who turned into my first love when we were in college. We live in different states now, so we have grown distant, although we still talk on holidays and birthdays.

It's been quite a while since we were together, but I still can't ...Read more

Ex-Wife Offers To Pay Child Support She Owes To The Kids

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married for 16 years. His ex was supposed to pay child support, but didn't. He worked in his career for only one year after we married and since then has held menial jobs, which have kept his future retirement intact. I have provided him and his children a home for which he has never made a mortgage payment ...Read more

Mom Walks Fine Line Amid Safety And Fear For Daughter

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have two beautiful daughters, ages 3 and 4. My concern is that my younger daughter is very friendly. No matter where we go, she says hi to everyone she sees, strangers included. With all her positive energy, she has the type of personality that attracts attention when she walks into a room. I love her for that, but I'm also worried ...Read more

Religious Man Is Intrigued By Invitation To A Threesome

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a single male in my early 50s who looks younger. A married couple approached me and expressed their desire for me to become intimate with them as a couple. They are only acquaintances.

I was surprised but interested when they told me they have an open marriage and would like me to participate with the wife. They are into ...Read more


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