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Wife Can't Shake Distrust Of Husband Caught In A Lie

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I are 58 and getting ready to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. We knew each other in college, but were just friends back then. After college, we married others and raised children. We stayed married to our spouses for close to 30 years.

We reconnected eight years ago, started an affair and divorced our partners...Read more

Man's Serious Health Issues Dominate 40-Year Marriage

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I married my husband 40 years ago. A few years later, he was diagnosed with diabetes. He refused to take care of himself and ended up with double leg amputations 13 years ago. He had prosthetics but wouldn't use them. I stood by him and was his advocate, but he blamed me!

He has major health issues now, but I'm not too concerned. ...Read more

Sister Is Jealous Of The Happy Life Woman Made For Herself

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I recently lost a lot of weight and finally felt confident enough to start dating. I met a wonderful man I'll call Teddy. We've been together for eight months, and I can see a future with him. He has some quirks with intimacy that he's working on and a few odd habits he is trying to break. I have my own eccentricities as well, but we ...Read more

Man Has Nonchalant Attitude About Locking Up At Night

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DEAR ABBY: My husband has a bad habit of forgetting to lock up our house at night when he's the last one to come to bed. On nine occasions I have gone downstairs after he's in bed or awakened in the morning to find our sliding patio door or a garage door unlocked.

I cannot understand why this isn't a priority for him. If I'm the last one to ...Read more

Stepmother-To-Be Is Happy Leaving Parenting To Parents

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DEAR ABBY: I'm engaged to a younger man with a 10-year-old son from his first marriage. My two daughters are grown.

My fiance and I have talked at length about my role in his son's life after we're married. The boy's mother will have him full-time; my fiance will continue to do his part as far as picking his son up from school, taking him to ...Read more

Parents Strive To Heal Their Youngest Son's Broken Heart

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DEAR ABBY: My son, a high school senior, was in a relationship with a young woman who broke up with him and began dating his best friend. He was heartbroken. She played him into being friends and tells him he's her best friend, but her actions prove otherwise.

His father and I comforted him as best we could, but he still has feelings for her. ...Read more

Man's Effort To Contact His Newfound Family Is Ignored

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I recently found out who my biological father is/was. Apparently, my mother and this man had an affair more than 50 years ago. There's only speculation as to why.

What bothers me is, I have always lived no more than 15 miles from this man and his family. I tried reaching out to the one half-sibling I am most knowledgeable about. They...Read more

Security Camera Captures Angry Man's Hourlong Rant

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DEAR ABBY: A few weeks ago, my husband and I had what I thought was a minor conflict, from which I walked away to avoid escalation. I could hear him continuing to rant, so I pulled up the security camera on my phone and watched and listened as he continued to say horrible things for an hour or more. He called me a disgusting blob, said there is ...Read more

Woman's Focus On Fitness Is Hard For Friend To Bear

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I've been friends with Lorraine for 30 years. Actually, the friendship is kind of one-sided because she bugs the hell out of me.

She's a super-skinny health nut who constantly posts health advice and uplifting mantras on social media. Her Instagram feed is filled with pictures of her bland-looking vegan food and her doing yoga poses ...Read more

Sister Thinks Twice About Becoming A Kidney Donor

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DEAR ABBY: I'm currently waiting to donate my kidney to my sister, who is a year older than I am. My husband and I traveled many hours to get evaluated and tested at her clinic, so the insurance would cover the cost.

Before heading back to our home state, we decided to stop by to pay her a surprise visit and, honestly, she did something that's ...Read more

Parents Struggle To Do What's Best For Tormented Daughter

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My 53-year-old daughter is an addict. First it was alcohol, then hard drugs and opioids. This has been going off and on for 40 years.

She hit bottom recently. She became homeless and ended up in a women's shelter in another state. She says she's been clean about six months. The shelter helped her find a place to live, and she draws a...Read more

Woman Gets No Respect After Triumph Over Substance Abuse

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I wrote to you 12 years ago as a suicidal teenager. I'm thankful to be writing now from a very different place. I'm 28, happily married, with one child.

I was born into a hyperconservative cult and home-schooled until I was kicked out at 18. I then fell into a predictable pattern of abusive relationships and substance abuse. I have ...Read more

Girlfriend Is Unsure Of Her Place In Boyfriend's Heart

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DEAR ABBY: I have been dating this guy for about a year. We are both 30. He lives at home. At first I thought it was to take care of his elderly father, but I soon realized it wasn't the case.

His mom is sweet, yet overbearing. She inserts herself into his life at every opportunity. She talks to him like he's the butler. (Oh, perfect son of ...Read more

Wife Resists Husband's Plan To Cut Ties With His Family

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DEAR ABBY: My mother-in-law is the WORST! She has no respect for me. She has stolen, lied and gossiped about me numerous times. Each time, I chose to forgive and move on.

Recently, my husband made clear that he wants to cut ties with his mother and siblings because they constantly belittle his success and ask to borrow money. My problem is, I ...Read more

Mom Vetoes Grandma's Plan To Flout Distancing Rules

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DEAR ABBY: My parents have strong opinions. I don't agree with them in areas such as how to raise or discipline my children. If I try to explain why, they mock me with their tone of voice. Then they get mad if I try to discuss it with them and won't speak to me for a couple of weeks.

Currently, they are insisting that I am making a mountain out...Read more

Baked Beans Recipe Wins Smiles At Family Gatherings

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I love your column. Some years ago, you printed a recipe for baked beans. I believe they were called St. James' Baked Beans. I have lost my copy. I would get lots of compliments about how great they were at family gatherings and potlucks. Would you please reprint the recipe? -- SHIRLEY IN BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS

DEAR SHIRLEY: Thank you ...Read more

Late Wife's Best Friend Stiff-Arms Man's Interest

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My wife passed away, and I have fallen in love with her best friend. She feels she would be disrespecting my wife's name if she went out with me. How can I let her know my wife would not object to us dating?

I don't know how to get her to understand my vows to my wife have been fulfilled with her passing. I will never forget her, and...Read more

Friendship Ends With Flood Of Social Media Messages

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I had this friend that I met eight months ago at a local boxing gym here in Chicago. We got along extremely well and even hung out a couple of times. However, she left her job at the gym two months later and things started falling apart.

I started sending excessive messages on her social media, and she didn't like it. By the ...Read more

Girlfriend Shares Matching Rings With Married Man

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married more than 40 years, but we have lived separately in a house and guesthouse on jointly owned property for the last 10. We split bills and communicate only when necessary via text.

I am somewhat afraid of him and try to distance myself from him and his friends and family. He has been involved with ...Read more

Insensitive Question Leaves Grieving Mother Speechless

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DEAR ABBY: My daughter unexpectedly died very recently. A friend called today asking how I was doing (quarantine, food, pet food, etc). Then she asked me the most unnerving question: Do you have 'June' with you? I was floored. So many thoughts came rushing at me at once. June was disabled since birth. She went to live in a group home nine years ...Read more

 

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