Life Advice



Mixed Signals Frustrate Best Friend Who Wants More

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a lesbian. There's a girl I have liked for a little over a month. We are like best friends. When I told her I was attracted to her, she basically friend-zoned me, which hurt. Then she told a mutual friend she was considering being friends with benefits with me, and I got excited. Well, she changed her mind again because she was ...Read more

Sister-In-Law Is Burdened By Knowledge Of Man's Philandering

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband works out of town with his brother, who is married. While I'm not close to my sister-in-law, I like her just fine.

My problem is, my husband keeps sharing with me that his brother is unfaithful while he travels, and I have actually overheard him on a call with my husband trying to show my husband nude pictures of other ...Read more

Long-Married Man Remains In The Closet

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been married more than 25 years and have kids. I'm also gay. I always have been, but when I was a teenager, it wasn't acceptable and I always believed I would just outgrow it, or learn to live with it. Then came the computer era and the internet -- things I never dreamed of while growing up. They changed my life, yet I'm still ...Read more

Avid Cook Savors Joy On Guests' Faces

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have come to realize that the best thing a person can do for anyone is to cook something for them. I enjoy the expression on their faces when they take the first bite, and the positive compliments I receive.

I have a cookbook collection that, at present, numbers more than 3,200 items. I actually ran out of room for all of it in my ...Read more

Disabled Son Is Left Off Wedding Guest List

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been married to my second husband for more than 15 years. My 30+-year-old son from my first marriage, who was born disabled, lives with us. He walks and talks, but cannot be left unattended. He also needs medication. He cannot read or write, but looks like he has no medical issues at all.

I have no extended family members in ...Read more

Family And Friends Have Doubts About Widower's Younger Woman

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a widower. I lost my wonderful wife of 35 years to heart disease eight years ago. I have had no relationships with women since then.

Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting a very nice woman, Yvonne. She's 11 years younger and has never been married. We see each other socially and enjoy each other's company. We are both retired,...Read more

Houseguest Gets Goodbye Look From Friend's Husband

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: After a bad breakup, a good friend and her husband offered me a room in their home. They have two wonderful teenagers. Then the pandemic came, and we all became infected.

What started out as a few months' plan for me to get back on my feet has lasted 14 months. I have offered to pay them some money, but they will accept only $200 to ...Read more

Veteran Feels Used By Friend Demanding Her Discount

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: While shopping with a friend recently, I was put in an awkward situation in regard to a store discount. Having served in the military, I qualify for a discount at that particular store. She was aware of that discount, and while she was at the checkout lane, she yelled at me, Hey, you! What's your phone number for your military ...Read more

Half-Sister Obsesses Over Newfound Brother

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Six months ago, my husband, Lee, met his long-lost sister, his father's daughter from a previous marriage. Lee's father passed away when he was 6; he is now 30.

Since he and his four siblings met their half-sister, she has become obsessive over him. She calls and keeps him on the phone for hours, three or four times a week. I didn't ...Read more

Boyfriend Makes A Grab For Woman's Child Tax Credit

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My daughter received her tax refund recently. It amounted to $8,700. Approximately $5,000 is for overpaying on taxes. Approximately $3,000 is the child tax credit she receives for her two children. Her boyfriend, the father of the two boys, thinks he's entitled to some of her money.

Now, I understand the child tax credit is given for...Read more

Wife Discovers Man's Secret Interest In Escorts

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I just found out my husband has been looking at escorts in the local area. I know he has watched porn, but that never bothered me. When I confronted him about seeing his search for escorts, he said he just clicked on a link that popped up on a porn site. (I have seen them, so I know it can happen.)

However, I now know he created ...Read more

Overbearing Boyfriend Ruins Family Get-Togethers

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: We get our children and grandchildren together twice a year. Our oldest daughter is divorced and, unfortunately, has a significant other the rest of our family cannot stand. He's an arrogant, competitive know-it-all.

We have been around him only twice -- the last two times the family got together. The second time was a disaster for ...Read more

Engagement To Town 'Bad Guy' Draws Warnings

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I just got engaged, and I couldn't be happier. But my fiance is referred to by the entire town as the bad guy because of his past. He's changed a lot, and I really want this to work out, but people come to me and say he's not marriage material, and they try to make us break up (one of his exes in particular).

He told me about his ...Read more

Family Is Perplexed By Troublemaking Sister

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My sister is a pathological liar who causes rifts between family members. She tries to turn us against each other. We must constantly check with each other to find out if what she has said about each of us is true. We can't understand why she's this way. None of the rest of us is. When I have asked her, Why are you lying about me, us,...Read more

Couple Clashes Over Time Spent With Sons

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My wife and I have been married five years and are raising four children. One is from my previous relationship, one is from her previous relationship and two are ours. We both have joint custody. My son goes to school near his mom. My wife's son goes to school where we live. They are 9 and 8.

There's a lot of tension between us ...Read more

Dating Experience Suffers In Sex-Obsessed Culture

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a 48-year-old woman, divorced for 10 years. During that time, I have been in two serious relationships. I'm no prude, but it seems like everyone I date, and who my friends and I talk to, and articles I see are all about sex, having sex, rushing to sex. It's like there's no emphasis on actually getting to know a person anymore.

I...Read more

Receptionist Hears Doctor And Staff Ridicule Patients

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I work as a receptionist in a small medical office. I love my job, but I cannot tolerate when my co-workers make fun of our patients. Sometimes it happens while the patients are still in the exam rooms, maybe within earshot. Even the doctor contributes to this crudeness.

Some examples: Did you see the size of that guy's nose? or, ...Read more

Special Relationship Ends When Man's Wife Returns

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I've been dating a married man for the last three years, and everything was great. We were attached at the hip and inseparable. I thought we had something special going.

His wife abandoned him and their two children for more than a year, and he didn't know anything about raising kids, so I stepped in to help. It was great. They were ...Read more

Connecting With Teens Will Impact New Relationship

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: After I ended a 20-year marriage, I took some time off from relationships and am now back in the dating world. My ex-husband and I never had children.

I recently met a man with two teenagers. He says I am detached from children. I am not detached! I just never had experience with them. How do I proceed with this relationship since ...Read more

Female Colleagues Get Side-Eye From Man's Wife

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband recently started a new job. He works with a bunch of women, which is a switch from what I'm used to since all his previous jobs were with all men.

These women adore him, and I don't think most are a threat, but two of them are very flirtatious, although he's not one to notice that stuff. He says they act like that with ...Read more



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