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Family's Disapproval Stops Woman From Opening Up

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a pansexual female and open about it with my friend and also my brother. The rest of my family is super Christian. I tried to bring up the gay word, but they're all against it and have strong opinions about the subject.

I just want to feel accepted for who I am, and not keep anything from them. I need your opinion on when I ...Read more

Nosy Co-Worker Makes A Stink Over The Office Perfume Policy

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My workplace, like many others, is scent-free because of the possibility that some employees might be chemically sensitive. We don't know of anyone with sensitivities, but it's company policy. I changed to using unscented laundry soap and stopped wearing perfume when the policy started.

The other day, a lady in my office came in and ...Read more

Dedicated Walker Tripped Up By Chatty Office Co-Workers

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have a step tracker. I am dedicated to getting in at least 10,000 steps every day, most of them walking around inside my office building at lunch. I walk quickly, often with headphones on. My problem is, I'm constantly confronted by people who stop me wanting to chat.

I honestly don't have time to talk to these people because I ...Read more

Grandma Plays Favorites With Plan For Her Assets

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My mother raised my two nephews because of their parents' drug addiction. They are now adults (21 and 25). As a result of these circumstances, Mom was never able to be a fun, doting grandmother to her other grandchildren. My nephews needed stability, and I helped often. I lived three minutes away, so I, too, was an important adult in ...Read more

Unwitting Comments From Dad Cause Childless Daughter Pain

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a 40-year-old childless single woman. I spent several years doing various day care jobs and have great love for children, but due to female health issues, I am unable to have my own. I have a great job and home, but cannot afford fertility treatments or adoption, both of which are expensive.

My fertility issues have caused me ...Read more

Man Puts Out A Welcome Mat Only For His Side Of The Family

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DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married 10 years, and he treats my family and friends very different compared to how he treats his own.

A few months ago, my sister called me at 9 p.m. She was driving through on her way to Florida with her 7-year-old daughter and had been trying for an hour to find a hotel at that point. We were only 40 ...Read more

New Job In New State Tests Strength Of Men's Relationship

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a gay man who has been dating a divorced man for nine months. I'm 25 and he is 50. He was married to a woman for more than 20 years and has three children. (I am the age between his middle and oldest children.) We met one day and have never been apart since.

It started great. We had a connection I had never experienced before I ...Read more

Lawyer's Petition To Help Friend Study Is Dismissed

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DEAR ABBY: I have a close friend, Samantha, whom I met in law school four years ago. We both graduated in 2014. I have passed the bar exam, and so have all our friends from school, but Samantha has not.

She was in a bad relationship back in school and planned to marry the guy. That fell apart, and she's now dating a guy who seems to be pretty ...Read more

Woman Worries Lazy Fiance Will Also Be Lazy Husband

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My fiance, David, and I are getting married soon. We have been living together and engaged for a year, and together eight years. It takes him forever to get things done around the house or buy things we need. I have tried lists and constant reminders.

David recently lost his job and is interviewing to find another one. He loves ...Read more

Name-Calling Mom Attempts To Disrupt Son's Marriage

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been married to Amanda for four years. During that time, my parents, especially my mother, have called her and her family trashy because they live in a rural area in Texas.

My mother has no reason to abuse my wife the way she does. Amanda's family has always been very kind to me. What really gets me is that my mother also grew...Read more

Old Friend's Sudden Withdrawal Causes A Crisis Of Confidence

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My best friend, Ann, abruptly ended our friendship seven years ago and I still can't get over it. We were friends from the time we were in first grade until we were 48. We were inseparable as children; she was the maid of honor in my wedding; and though we've lived 3,000 miles apart for most of our adult lives, we maintained a close ...Read more

Reluctant Grandparents Veto Couple's Plan To Start A Family

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been married for almost five years, and my husband and I recently decided to try to have a baby. I am really excited about the possibility of being a mom. My problem is, my parents and his parents don't want to be grandparents.

I will be 30 this year, and they keep telling me I should wait until I'm 40 to have kids. I have ...Read more

Mom Weighs Telling Her Son Truth About Dad's 'time Away'

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DEAR ABBY: My son, Jimmy, is 8. His father and I are divorced, and he is facing jail time. Jimmy sees him every other weekend. I'm planning on telling Jimmy the truth, although I'm sure his dad will want me to lie and say he needs to work out of town for a while, or something like that.

I know it will be hard for my boy to deal with. I also ...Read more

Classic Meatloaf Is Comfort Food That Warms Generations

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My stepmother had a recipe for meatloaf that she found in your column years ago. She made it for us often when we visited and we all loved it. However, we have been unable to locate that recipe anywhere and don't remember how to make it. Could you reprint the recipe for me? We've been trying others, but yours is the best. -- JENNA IN ...Read more

When Man Is Ready To Talk, His Wife Can't Stay Awake

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: As the only income earner in our household of five, I work long hours. Sometimes I would enjoy talking about my day with my wife of 18 years. While she has no problem staying awake to watch TV or going out with her friends on the weekend, she usually falls asleep right in the middle of what I'm saying. It also happens in the car while...Read more

Ex-Friend Cast Out Of Social Circle Dreams Of Vengeance

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My friend has decided she can no longer tolerate my husband. She feels he doesn't respect her. This is far from the truth, in my mind.

We have supported her emotionally and financially from time to time for many years. My husband does have a habit of making clunky jokes (anything for a laugh or to fill the void). But a real friend ...Read more

Mom's Long-Distance Advice Isn't What Teen Wants To Hear

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DEAR ABBY: I am 17 and dating a 16-year-old girl. My mother lives a few states away. Every time we talk she tells me to spend less time with my girlfriend. It always seems like she's trying to break us up. Please give me advice. I want her to want me to be in the relationship I'm in and to let me stay with her. -- TEEN IN LOVE IN PENNSYLVANIA

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With Parents Gone, Truth Can Be Told About Brothers' Crimes

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DEAR ABBY: I have known for a long time that once both of my parents were gone, I would cease contact with my brothers. My problem is how to explain it to other family members and friends. I don't want to go into the details about my reasons. I feel it would hurt my parents if the truth were out.

One aunt keeps asking why and insisting I should...Read more

Emotional Intensity Of Work Leaves Man Drained At Home

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: When I was in my 20s I chose a career whose long-term effects I hadn't anticipated. I am charged with telling people they are dying and watching them die on a daily basis. While I know I am good at it, it leaves me emotionally drained.

I manage to muster up enough energy to try to be there for my kids but, frankly, I can't seem to be...Read more

Parents Refuse To Confront Reason Their Son Is Bullied

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: We have some great friends we have known for five years. Our families enjoy time together, and although the friendship started through our kids, I now get together with the other mom outside of kid-related activities. Her son, Michael, and my daughter (ages 12) are best friends in middle school, and I truly care for him, as well as ...Read more

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