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Single Mom Sees A Future With Two Different Men

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a 37-year-old divorced mom of two. I have recently gotten into relationships with two completely different men. One of them, Steve, has the life I have always wanted, and he says he loves me more than life itself. The other, Rick, I love more than life itself, but sometimes I have the feeling he doesn't love me as much as ...Read more

Job Applicant Is Devastated When Dream Falls Through

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I recently was rejected for a job that would have turned into a career. I put all my eggs in one basket, so to speak, and told everyone around me during the process that it was looking good. I am humiliated because I now have to tell my peers and co-workers that it didn't work out.

My confidence is shaken, and I don't know what to do...Read more

Grandma Plans To Recoup Loan From Grandson's Inheritance

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I co-signed a college loan for my grandson. Unfortunately, he didn't earn passing grades and was kicked out. He frequently misses loan payments, and I end up getting a late payment letter.

I am afraid his inattention to this debt will adversely affect my credit. I can make the late payment or pull the money out of my savings and pay ...Read more

Dating Starts To Cause Cracks In Circle Of Three Best Friends

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm 18 and was best friends with Sam for two years until we started dating 10 months ago. It has been so much fun. He is the first person I have truly loved.

When we first started dating we weren't exclusive, and he hooked up with my best friend. We all go to school together and see each other every day. Since then, I'm uncomfortable...Read more

Man Comes Up Short Learning How To Date In High School

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: At what point does a man finally give up hope of finding a mate and accept that he may end up alone?

I'm 29. I never had a chance to date in high school. My family farms, and when I was 14, my grandfather could no longer help my dad. Dad couldn't take care of things alone, so I would go out and help him the minute I got home from ...Read more

Foot-Dragging Boyfriend Puts Engagement On Endless Hold

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm 28 and have been dating my boyfriend, Spencer, for 2 1/2 years. We have talked a lot about getting married. We know where we want it to be, who will be in our wedding party and what the theme will be.

A year ago we discussed getting engaged. Spencer said he'd propose sometime within the next year and last spring it seemed like he...Read more

Anger Explodes In Words, Deeds Woman Later Regrets

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am 28 and I'm disgusted with myself about how I talk to my mother when I'm stressed out. I know it's not her. It's me.

My other issue is road rage. When I'm behind the wheel and the cars ahead of me are going too slow or the drivers make stupid moves, I'm annoyed to the point that I sometimes take risky chances to get away from ...Read more

Husband's Long Beard Is Hard For Wife To Stomach At Dinner

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband has a long, bushy, ugly beard, and although I don't like it, I realize he's entitled to wear his facial hair any way he likes it. The problem is, when he eats, his beard gets into his plate and in the food, which I find nauseating. -- TOO MUCH HAIR IN TEXAS

DEAR TOO MUCH HAIR: If your husband's beard is so long it drags ...Read more

Neighbor Wants To Reach Out After Death Of Young Mother

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have just learned that a neighbor lost his wife. She died during childbirth. As a wife and mother, all I can think about is that newborn baby boy and his two beautiful sisters. It breaks my heart. I have never spoken to him, but I did chat from time to time with his wife.

I would like to offer help to the father, but I don't know ...Read more

Love Wasn't Enough To Keep Man Close To Grandparents

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I love my grandson dearly. He lived with us off and on growing up because there were problems in his birth family. Our relationship was always close and loving. I confess that we spoiled him out of fear that at any moment his mother would stop us from seeing him.

When he grew up he joined the military and met a girl on the opposite ...Read more

Teen Without True Friends Puts Blame On Her Parents

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 16-year-old girl, and I'm pretty sure I'm the most insecure thing on the planet. I always feel self-conscious. Although I guess it's normal for kids my age to feel like this, it's at a whole different level for me.

I feel like everyone, including my closest friends, don't like me or care about me as much as I care for them. I ...Read more

Single Mom Puts Real Effort Into Socializing With Couples

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have an answer for a question from Excluded in the East you printed on Sept. 24: Why do married couples exclude single people?

As a single mother with three children for 15 years, I made the conscious decision to conduct myself as I always had when I was part of a couple. I hosted backyard parties and holiday dinners and invited...Read more

Runaway Granddaughter Avoids Grandma's Attempts To Connect

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My 18-year-old granddaughter ran away twice last year. She's now living with her boyfriend and refuses to have any contact with her dad. I know my son is very strict, and I'm pretty sure she could just no longer live by his rules. Her mom passed away eight months ago, and my son is all she has besides her sister.

She opened a ...Read more

Wife Wants Out Of Husband's Fling In Swinging Lifestyle

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband, to whom I've been married since July of 2016, has recently caved in to pressure from friends to participate in swinger behavior. He wants me to be included, but I really don't want to.

The other female has lesbian tendencies that make me uncomfortable. Her boyfriend is juggling two partners at once, alternating nights for...Read more

Mother Laments That Her Kids Lack Accomplishment And Drive

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have grown children. All of them are underachievers. When contemporaries talk about their children getting jobs, getting married, having kids, going on vacation, buying a house/car, adopting a pet, I have nothing to contribute.

My children do not have lives; they work low-paying jobs and scrape by. Worse, they have no ambition to ...Read more

Eighth-Grader Issues Warning After Friend Shares Nude Photo

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm writing to you about an experience I had that might be useful to girls my age and older. I'm in eighth grade and I'm friends with more boys than girls. Because I'm a tomboy, fitting in with them is easier.

Today in manufacturing class, I was hanging out with my friend Ian. We were in a larger group of boys and he started bragging...Read more

Card Players Must Grapple With Friend's Failing Memory

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I play cards with a group of men I have known for more than 20 years. We switch partners after six hands so everyone partners with everyone.

One member of the group has now become unable to remember the rules and constantly asks how he should respond to his partner's bid. He also keeps asking the score and whose deal it is. Because ...Read more

Man Left Wife High And Dry, Now Begs For Second Chance

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I was divorced for 10 years, and am now remarried. Four months after we said I do, my first husband left me (on Valentine's Day!) without a word.

It was out of character for him not to come home, and I was so worried I reported him to the police as a missing person. If that wasn't enough, he left me owing the power and water bills, ...Read more

Whole Family's Safety Is Put At Risk By Domestic Violence

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I grew up watching my mom being abused by her husband. It was terrible. Unfortunately, he eventually murdered her. She was only 36. I was 16 at the time, and although it has taken almost 30 years, I have finally found peace.

My message is to people who are currently experiencing abuse. No one deserves to be battered physically, ...Read more

Ride In Vintage Car Makes Passenger Fear For Her Life

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Recently a friend came over and took me to lunch. She has a small, 50-year-old vintage car that was very popular in the '60s. She had come from Marin County over the Golden Gate Bridge to my house.

As she drove us to the restaurant, her car stalled twice. It was very underpowered and, in my opinion, rickety. After she dropped me home...Read more

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