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Recent Revelation Of Affair Threatens To Break Up Family

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I just found out that my boyfriend of 12 years slept with my stepmother last year. She doesn't know I know, and now that I do, I struggle with it. Should I tell my dad what I found out, confront her or let sleeping dogs lie? I am deeply hurt. I feel like my heart has been torn out. How can I forgive and forget this? -- WOUNDED IN UTAH...Read more

Old Boyfriend Who Stole Item Years Ago Turns Up On Facebook

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DEAR ABBY: I recently located a person I knew a long time ago who stole an expensive gold bracelet from me. I'd dated this guy for a while. He wore my bracelet, and I wore his. My bracelet was a gift from a relative I cared for deeply. His bracelet was a piece of junk, but I was a teenager with no brains and allowed him to wear mine. Well, we ...Read more

Free Spirit Feels Like Wings Are Clipped With Current Beau

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I have been dating for nearly two years. He would literally do anything for me. He's incredibly affectionate and supportive, and a lot of women would love to have someone like him.

My problem is we see the world through completely different eyes. I'm an artist. I want to go out and explore the world and do crazy ...Read more

Girlfriend Loves Man And His Dogs But Draws Line At More

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I have been together for a while. He is the kindest, most considerate and thoughtful man I've ever dated.

We do not officially live together but spend the majority of the week together, mostly at his house. He has three very large dogs we share the responsibility of caring for. They are not fixed, and he wants to ...Read more

Man Becomes More Distant After Moving In With Girlfriend

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: After being together for a year, my boyfriend and I recently moved in together. Since then he hasn't been home much. We don't spend time together the way we used to when we first started dating. He has changed a lot.

I have kids from a previous relationship. My boyfriend recently told me he always wanted to be the first guy to give a...Read more

Sisters Planning Europe Trip Plot To Leave Husband Behind

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DEAR ABBY: My son just got a job in Europe and has invited me to visit when he and his family are settled. I have never traveled out of the country, and I'm excited to go. I suggested staying at least a month, and he and his wife agreed.

When I told my sister, she excitedly told me she'd like to come along. We would be very happy to have this ...Read more

Revelation At Bachelor Party Throws Wedding Into Question

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My sister-in-law June is being married soon. I will be the matron of honor. My husband, Jake, June's brother, will be a groomsman for her fiance, Jimmy. Not only is Jake going to be a groomsman, but he's also supposed to officiate.

Jake went to the bachelor party a couple weeks ago and Jimmy showed all the guys -- including my ...Read more

Parents Unsure How To Begin Having 'the Talk' With Son

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have a young, preteen grandson who is asking his parents facts of life questions. They are bewildered about how to give him the information. I'd be grateful if you could share details of the publication you have for this purpose and how to get it. -- GRANDMOM IN CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MICH.

DEAR GRANDMOM: Many parents find the subject ...Read more

Husband Refuses To Discuss Wife's Important Questions

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married for three years. He's 26, and I'm 28. We have a good life, and he loves my 9-year-old daughter like his own child.

My husband is originally from Turkey and comes from a good family. However, I have yet to meet my in-laws. He avoids talking about my meeting them. I have talked to his younger sister ...Read more

Structure Of Dad's Will Leaves His Daughter Feeling Left Out

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DEAR ABBY: My sister and I are 42 and 50. Our parents divorced 30 years ago, and Dad has been remarried for about 20 years. Although he lives across the country, we see him twice a year and have what I think is a healthy, strong relationship.

Over the past 10 years, he and his wife have been taking international hiking trips abroad. Before they...Read more

Despite Divorce, Ex Insists On 'happy Family' Photos

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm engaged to be married to a wonderful woman who has a 6-year-old daughter with her ex-husband. They share joint custody.

His controlling nature was a major factor in her decision to end their marriage. Even now, after being divorced more than two years, he tries to control her life. One way is by insisting on pictures of the three...Read more

Shop Owner Reluctant To Fire Employee In Personal Crisis

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I own a small retail shop. One of my employees (I'll call her Sara) has been with us for a number of years. Until recently she's been a stellar employee. She has been through several traumas during the past year, including the death of her father, unexpected injuries and medical bills, and finding out that her husband had molested her...Read more

Friendship Ends After Birthday Party Joke Goes Wildly Wrong

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DEAR ABBY: I recently attended a friend's party that was being given to celebrate their son's 18th birthday. I thought it would be cheeky and fun to buy him a risque card from an adult boutique, thinking everyone would get a good laugh, and we'd have something to roast the young man with. When he opened the card, he had this look of horror on ...Read more

Daughter In Bedroom Next Door Frowns On Mom's Relationship

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DEAR ABBY: I am a 54-year-old single woman who recently started dating again after four years of total abstinence. My two adult daughters, ages 18 and 22, live at home with me.

My dilemma: I am smitten, to say the least, with an attractive, supportive and very loving man. I have invited him over and introduced him to the girls, which went well ...Read more

Intensity Of Grandson's Devotion To Video Games Is Worrisome

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DEAR ABBY: I have a concern as a grandmother about our youngest grandchild, age 10. He is addicted to video games. There has been quite a lot of publicity on how bad this can be for children.

When we visit, he never comes to greet us or even to talk to us. Once when we were getting ready to go out to dinner, he was screaming at his mom and ...Read more

Remembering Baby They Lost Is An Annual Ritual For Couple

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DEAR ABBY: Thank you for responding to Crystal in Nevada's June 7 question about her aunt and her aunt's baby who was stillborn. Few people talk openly about pregnancy loss, yet I worry your response might discourage parents from remembering their children out loud, for fear it might seem too morbid for others.

My daughter, Evelyn, was born at ...Read more

Sisters Grow Tired Of Nonstop Talker's Restricted Repertoire

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DEAR ABBY: My sister is driving me and our other sister nuts. There are five years between the three of us. We are all seniors who live in the same city and have always been close.

Abby, the oldest talks nonstop. It was always a family joke, but it's gotten worse. Now she interrupts people to tell her story (after all, everything is all about ...Read more

Woman Hesitates To Go All In On A Promising Relationship

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I just started dating an amazing guy. He is sweet, funny and handsome, but I don't feel as strongly for him as he does for me. Maybe it's too early in the relationship for me to be worried about feelings, or maybe as much as I want to have deep feelings for him, I don't.

Lately, I have been tempted to cheat. That sounds awful, I know...Read more

Matriarch Uses Inheritance To Keep Her Family In Line

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DEAR ABBY: For the last 12 years, we have been traveling 7 1/2 hours to see my husband's grandparents. This happens several times a year. Each time I pray it will be the last visit.

Invariably, when we return home, I am sick for about a week, and it's getting worse. At 96, Grandma isn't cleaning the house (Grandpa died four years ago). She ...Read more

Lines Are Drawn In Family Feud Over Recovering Addict

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DEAR ABBY: My stepbrother Pete is a recovering addict who did significant prison time for possession and gang affiliations. He has also had multiple DUI convictions. He's been out for two years and is holding a job and taking care of his kids part-time.

My parents think he's completely rehabilitated, but I think he's using again, based on his ...Read more


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