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Politics Served With Profanity Makes Dinner Hard To Swallow

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My sister-in-law and her live-in boyfriend, Bud, get together with us for dinner and outings. We enjoy each other's company, but over the last couple of years he has been making disparaging remarks on the subject of politics. We do not belong to the same political party, and his remarks make our blood boil.

Bud knows we belong to the...Read more

Mom Seeks Detour To Safety Around In-Laws' Driving Habits

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My in-laws are fabulous. They love me and think the world of our 2-year-old daughter, Hayley. They do anything to support us.

Recently, they asked to take Hayley overnight and drive a number of places with her. My concern is the driving part. My father-in-law doesn't believe in car seats.

On a few occasions he has asked me to just ...Read more

Couple's Tagalong Friend Is Too Close For Son's Comfort

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm in my 40s, happily married to my wife, and we have teenage daughters. My parents divorced when I was young and both have been remarried for years.

Over the past 10 years, Dad and his wife have developed a very close friendship with a woman I'll call Bonnie. They bought homes next door to each other, travel together, and expect ...Read more

Wife Wants Out Of Marriage To Join The Woman She Loves

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 48-year-old woman. I have known I was gay since I was 14. No one knows because I never acted on it until I met Bob, my current common-law husband of 25 years. I fell in love with his sister, Janelle, back then. We kissed a few times and fell deeply in love, but because we didn't want to hurt Bob, we ended what we had.

Bob and I...Read more

Young Son Longs For A Father, But Mom Doesn't Want A Man

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My son's dad cheated on me for years, which resulted in a child with another woman. When I finally got the nerve to date and trust again, the new guy gave me herpes.

Now I find myself repulsed at the thought of sex, and I have no intention of putting myself in the position of having to disclose this information to a new partner. I am...Read more

Pause A Moment To Remember Those Who Died For Our Country

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Lest we forget -- these three simple, but very meaningful words are a reminder to always remember the sacrifices made for our freedom.

I recently read about a Vietnam veteran who will never forget Memorial Day in 1970. He was wounded in the jungles on that day, fighting for his life with his comrades. Almost his entire company...Read more

Girl's Constant Messaging Sends Nanny On A Guilt Trip

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I was a full-time summer nanny for several years for the same family, now a preteen boy and girl. I loved them, had a great time on the job and have communicated with them occasionally through the years on birthdays and holidays. Eventually, I moved away for college and was no longer able to sit for them.

Both kids now are on ...Read more

Mother's Alcoholism Poses Serious Threat To Her Baby

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I just realized I'm six weeks pregnant. I have always wanted to start a family and raise children with my fiance, but I have a big problem. I am an alcoholic and have been struggling with this issue for a few years. I don't know the effect this could have on my baby, but I know it isn't good. My fiance also drinks a lot, and our home ...Read more

Being A Good Listener Is The Best Way To Be Heard

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am responding to Tired of Talking to Myself (Feb. 13), whose husband's ears slam shut when she begins to speak. This is not a problem that's exclusive to men. Women do it as well. As a retired PA (physician's assistant), when talking with patients, I would refer to it as selective hearing loss.

Tired needs to look at her own ...Read more

Mom Fears News Of Ex's Abuse Will Cause Split With Her Son

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My daughter, Meg, was sexually abused at the age of 3 by her father 25 years ago. Emile and I were divorced, but he had every other weekend visitation. After returning from one visit, she said, Daddy put his finger in there. It hurt. I cried. Her words forever changed my life.

After we made countless trips to the children's hospital ...Read more

Husband's Caring Ministry Doesn't Extend To His Wife

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been married to the same man for 20 years. He likes having people around all the time, and because he is a minister, we often can't avoid it. I have tried to accommodate his friends and hangers-on, but lately it's becoming unbearable. He will say yes to people who have been evicted, and I find myself sharing living ...Read more

Sister Getting Married Opts Out Of All-Inclusive Affair

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My only sister, Carolyn, is getting married in two months. I'm ecstatic for her. She and her girlfriend turned 50 this year, and this is the happiest I have ever seen her. They are perfect together. Carolyn asked me to be her maid of honor and I gladly accepted. I am also decorating for her small wedding and reception.

When I ...Read more

Boy's Questions About Faith Call For A Careful Response

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have a question about how to handle a situation with one of my grandsons. Rory came to me recently to talk about religion. His mother is Christian; I am not. He asked what I thought about his mother forcing him to go to church. He has many doubts about Christianity.

I tried to understand Christianity for more than 50 years, and ...Read more

Adopted Teen Can't Shake Anger Felt For Birth Mother

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am almost 13 and I'm struggling with a lot of different things. I was adopted when I was a baby, so I never lived with my birth mother. That's probably a good thing, but I am having angry feelings toward her that I wish I wouldn't have. Those feelings are also being directed at friends and family members.

I'll think I have forgiven...Read more

Husband Can't Stop Singing Praises Of Bone Marrow Donor

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband of 28 years had a bone marrow transplant, and six months ago he learned who his donor was. He now wants to meet up with the person. Turns out, it was a woman.

I'm not usually a jealous person, but it's all he ever talks about every single minute of the day. He wants to meet her two hours from where we live. I am fine with ...Read more

Words Can't Heal The Pain Family Endures After Rape

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: What do you say when someone has been raped? I have a friend whose granddaughter was brutally raped and left for dead. I have asked a few questions about how she is doing and receive only cursory answers in response.

I know this incident has caused great sadness within this family. What do I say? What do I do? I am at a loss for ...Read more

'dear Abby' Dinner Promises Good Food And Good Times

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: We have enjoyed an international dinner club with three other couples for many years. Besides an international theme, we occasionally have other theme dinners. The host couple chooses the country and is responsible for the main course. Another couple brings an associated entree, the third couple brings dessert and the fourth couple ...Read more

Son Who's Angry Over Parents' Breakup Must Know The Truth

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a divorced mother of four. I have been single for three years, since my ex chose an affair over our marriage. I am successful and manage my home and finances.

I am, however, struggling with pressure from my ex to get back together. He had several affairs during the 13 years we were married. The pain and self-loathing were ...Read more

National Phone Registry Reduces Unwanted Calls

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Many years ago you published a Do Not Call number for unsolicited phone calls. It worked great for a long time. I'm now starting to receive a lot of these calls again.

I am elderly (88), arthritic, and I struggle getting out of my chair to answer the phone because I think it's a family member or friend calling. Do you still have that...Read more

Dad Getting Divorce Applauds Mom's Devotion To Their Son

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My wife and I will be legally divorced within a few weeks. We have a 1-year-old son. Although we have been separated for eight months, she is an awesome mother to our son. A man could not ask for a better lady to care for his child. We don't talk about much other than our son. We are no longer in love, but I can honestly say I love ...Read more

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