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Woman Sees Herself As Abuser After Couple's Stormy Breakups

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: After reading some of your columns concerning abusive, controlling relationships, I realize that I am in one, but not in the way you assume. I am the abuser.

My boyfriend and I have been together for a year and a half. Most of the time it's great -- we have similar interests, and we're both not afraid to speak our minds, which makes ...Read more

Man's Long Fingernails Are Touchy Subject For Girlfriend

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a 65-year-old widow and recently started dating a 66-year-old man. I really like him and enjoy his company. However, one thing about him drives me up a wall. He has long fingernails on both hands. He is neat and tidy and otherwise well groomed. I am quite sure he is not a coke user (which some have suggested could be the reason)....Read more

Teen's Friendship With Older Man Draws Fire From Parents

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My 18-year-old daughter, a junior in high school, is still living at home. She has befriended a 51-year-old man at her first job (a burger place). We have told her that although she is kind to be friendly with him at work, we feel it's inappropriate to do things with him outside of work. She's now upset with us and claims we don't ...Read more

Give Thanks On Memorial Day During Moment Of Remembrance

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Americans are at their best when they unite around a noble purpose. On Memorial Day, that purpose is the National Moment of Remembrance. On that day, all Americans are asked to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time to honor our fallen.

In 1971, No Greater Love, a patriotic organization, was founded by a woman named Carmella ...Read more

Mom Objects When Kids Are Made To Pay For Roughhousing

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: We visit my in-laws two or three times a year. During our most recent visit, my kids (ages 12 and 14) were roughhousing with their cousins and accidentally slammed a door, which resulted in a broken frame. Their grandpa had asked them to stop, which they apparently didn't do.

Now, three months later, my in-laws are visiting us, and ...Read more

Mom Who Wanders At Night Could Be Ill Or Just Nosy

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My mom lives with me and my hubby. Recently I found out that she walks around at night because she hears noises or is restless -- and puts her ear on our bedroom door, too!

I was shocked. I think this is a complete invasion of my privacy, and I was embarrassed to no end. I now avoid getting intimate with my hubby, and he has no idea ...Read more

Funding For Cancer Sufferer Seems Brazen To Co-Worker

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: A co-worker has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. She's not sure how long she may have. She is relatively young, so it's tragic. We have excellent insurance from work, national health care and disability insurance.

Another co-worker sent out an email with a link to a crowdfunding site as well as an invitation to a party selling ...Read more

Couple's Counseling Should Occur Together, Not Apart

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My girlfriend and I have been together for three years and have a 1-year-old daughter. Unfortunately, our fights have become more frequent now. She suggested counseling, which I agree with. However, she insists I'm the one who is causing the problem and I should go first.

Sometimes we fight about finances, since I work to support our...Read more

Housemate Draws The Line At Sharing Her Meatloaf

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I share a large house with two other women. The homeowner, Mary, works from a home office during the day. Sue is her baby sister. She has two small children and doesn't work. She lives here rent-free thanks to Mary's generosity. I pay rent. We keep all our food separate and eat our meals separately. We each have our assigned shelves ...Read more

Mom's Vacation Plans Cause Headache For New York Intern

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I recently received a very competitive internship in New York. I'm excited and can't wait to go. I have never been to New York, and my mom is driving me crazy over it.

She's using my internship as an excuse to go on vacation to see me, even though I have told her multiple times that I won't be able to do anything with her because I'...Read more

Age Is An Issue For Senior Girl Dating Sophomore Boy

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a senior (girl) in high school and have been dating a sophomore even though he's less than a year younger than I am. (I'm very young for my grade.) We have a lot in common and I think we both love each other a lot.

Next fall, I'm planning on going to a local community college, but I won't be too far away. I think my boyfriend has...Read more

Wife Dances The Night Away While Husband Stews At Home

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My wife of 15 years has recently begun spending a lot of time with a group of women who socialize away from their husbands. They like to meet without their husbands and party at pick-up nightclubs and swingers' bars. When I asked her about it, her response was, It's just us girls dancing with each other and having a good time. We ...Read more

Calling All Sweet Tooths -- Pleasure Can Be Yours!

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I've heard that your dessert recipes are unmatchable and I'd like to have them. Some time ago, I saw a column that mentioned cookbooklets you have available for purchase. I hope that this is still correct, because I'm interested in ordering them.

By the way, what is your favorite dessert recipe, Abby? -- ANITA IN SADDLE BROOK,...Read more

Wife Eager To Get Pregnant Must Face Stalling Husband

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been together for eight years, but married only a few months. It took him a long time to finally marry me, and it ended up that I was the one to propose.

I am 30 and he's 39. I know he loves me. I have always expressed that I want children and he did, too. I have been off birth control and keeping track of my ...Read more

Spray Tanning For Preteen Girl Is Not Recommended

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My ex-husband has suggested and arranged for a series of spray-tan sessions for my 12-year-old daughter. I feel that telling my preteen girl that she should spray tan is sending her the wrong message, and we should instead be teaching her that she's beautiful just the way she is.

How do you feel about this? Should I allow my 12- year...Read more

Parents Plan To Disinherit Spendthrift Adult Children

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: We have an adult son and daughter who can't handle money and can't keep a job. Should we tell them they are NOT going to inherit everything we have when my wife and I are gone?

We have bailed them out of trouble more than once, but they don't seem to learn. They are in their 30s and 40s and neither one is looking for a job. Anything ...Read more

Shy Teens Take It Slow While Getting To Know Each Other

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: There is a guy that I kind of like at school, but he's really shy and doesn't really talk to anybody. I have talked to him a couple times, and he's really nice and has good manners. He sits with me and my group every day at lunch, and I see him around school. I say hi to him every time, but I'm not really getting any results. I would ...Read more

Avoiding Stairs In Fire Drill Gets Out Of Hand In High-Rise

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am the building manager of a high-rise office building. Every year we perform a fire alarm test to determine that all our fire alarm systems work properly. Employees in the building must evacuate in a timely manner.

Two years ago, a very overweight woman told me she had a heart condition and could not make it down the stairs during...Read more

Opening The Door In A Closed Adoption Invites Hard Decisions

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: We have a child who was adopted through a closed adoption. We met the birth parents briefly at the hospital, but they wanted no further contact. Both birth parents had issues with drug abuse, and our daughter was born with drug issues, too.

A few years later we were contacted via the adoption agency by the paternal birth grandparents...Read more

Woman's Lack Of Experience Makes Her Reluctant To Commit

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been in a relationship with my high school sweetheart for six years. He is only the second person I have been intimate with. I love him and am pretty sure that we will end up marrying. Neither of us has ever cheated.

The problem is that I'm having doubts about my lack of experience with other men. I'm not saying I want to ...Read more


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