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Man Is Devastated To Learn Of Wife's Long-Ago Affair

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My wife and I are in our 60s and have been married more than 40 years. It hasn't always been great, but we've made it.

Recently, while going through some old boxes in the basement, I ran across her diary and discovered that she had an affair while we were engaged. This has left me depressed, hurt and feeling very down. Should I ...Read more

Scammers Are On Dating Sites Hoping To Lure Trusting Marks

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I was recently the target of a romance scam on a popular singles website. After being a divorcee for 15 years, I decided to try online dating. Minutes after I went online, someone asked to chat.

He said he was a widower with an adult daughter and a jeweler by trade, living near me but returning to Florida the next day with ultimate ...Read more

Woman Becoming Nun Needs Friend's Interest, Not Concern

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I was best friends with Joanne after we met in middle school. She comes from a conservative Christian family and has three successful siblings. This has made her quirky, media-driven pursuits and city life a disappointment to her family. When we were teens and she learned that I was a straight ally for gay rights, she came out to me ...Read more

Daughter Deep In Debt Needs Counseling, Not More Money

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Three years ago I gave my adult daughter, married with a child, more than $16,000 to help pay off her debts because she couldn't pay her bills. She and her husband maintain separate accounts, which I find odd. He pays certain expenses; she pays others. Now I find she's deep in debt again and needs more help.

I'm 69, married and ...Read more

Longing For The Past Casts A Shadow Over The Present

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Have you any advice for handling nostalgia? While it can be pleasant, lately I have been getting very down when I think about my past. I'm sad that I can never relive those experiences, and I'm wondering what's wrong with my life now that makes me feel this way.

I'm 25 and have a lot of life ahead of me. Now that I think about it, I ...Read more

Girls Cry Foul When Dad's Fiancee Bad-Mouths Mom

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My fiancee of three years, Ellen, is wonderful to me and she loves my daughters dearly. However, when it comes to my ex-wife, Ellen can be downright nasty.

I divorced my ex-wife many years ago because she wasn't good to me, but my kids see her half the time and love her because she's their mom, and I encourage them to do that. Ellen ...Read more

Story Of Daughter's Move Back Home Is Altered In The Telling

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My sister-in-law quit her job and moved into my in-laws' basement six years ago. I think there may have been an emotional breakdown having to do with her work. I also think it upsets my mother-in-law to have her adult daughter living this life. Mom isn't willing to ask her to move out or even discuss the situation.

This was fine ...Read more

Wife Has All The Company She Needs In Her Electronic Devices

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My wife and I have been married 22 years, and we had a good marriage until recently. Over the last three years she has become more and more consumed with her phone and tablet. She goes nowhere and does nothing without them.

Every night and weekend she sits engrossed in both devices until well after I have gone to bed. If I ask what ...Read more

Wife In Loveless Marriage Longs For Intimate Romance

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: The wedding night I had dreamed about forever was supposed to be the most romantic and amazing of my life with the one person I can't live without. Instead, it was the most humiliating experience I have ever had. I dressed in a beautiful negligee, and my husband didn't even take a second look at me. I was so embarrassed, I rolled over...Read more

Wife Won't Share Her Workday After Husband Shuts Her Out

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been married for 36 years to a woman who is a pediatric physical therapist. A number of her youngsters are disabled or abused, and their lives can be a struggle. This results in emotional, intense workdays for my wife. She brings these stories home and shares them with me.

Over the years on three or four occasions, I have ...Read more

Wife With Wandering Husband Must Track Down Legal Advice

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm nearly 100 percent sure my husband is cheating on me. I tracked him a couple of times using the GPS on his phone and saw he wasn't where he told me he would be. I know he has a female acquaintance who lives in the general area of where he was, so I did a little investigating. Sure enough, she lives exactly where he was. I don't ...Read more

Surgery Douses Man's Fire, Leaving His Wife In The Cold

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Eleven years ago my husband had a prostatectomy, which left him impotent. His sex drive dropped from 100 to zero. I have told him many times I don't care what he can or can't do. I have also told him I married him in sickness and health, and if this is the worst thing to happen, we are pretty lucky.

This is the man I couldn't walk by...Read more

Social Anxiety Prevents Teen From Stepping Out Of The Closet

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a lesbian, still in high school, who has not yet come out to any friends or family. I want them to know, but I'm afraid to tell them.

I'm pretty sure this is who I am, and I don't want them to dismiss my identity. I also don't want them to think of me differently -- I want to be the same person in their eyes as I was before I ...Read more

Man Suffers A Sense Of Loss After Returning Dog He Found

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: A man I work with found a dog on his way to the office. He picked it up, took it home and was immediately talking about what a good playmate the dog would make. He said he tried to call the local animal shelter, but was put on hold twice, so he gave up.

I felt he should have made more of an attempt to find the owner before claiming ...Read more

Teenage Boys Need Reliable Advice About Contraception

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: In my family alone, three young women have -- by their own admission -- gotten pregnant on purpose to get their boyfriends to marry and support them. None of these marriages worked out. The horrible relationships were and still are hurtful and damaging, not only to the children, but also to the rest of the family. I'm aware of several...Read more

Husband With Low Sex Drive Is Not Interested In Higher Gear

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband, Sam, and I have been married three years and have a good relationship. He's a wonderful father and husband, and I really couldn't ask for much more.

However, there is one thing I just don't know what to do about. He had a rough divorce from his first wife, who was also the first woman he ever had sex with (they waited ...Read more

Woman With Abortion In Past Is Stung By Man's Accusation

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Two years ago, I met a gentleman, and he eventually decided we were soul mates. I agreed. Over time, we shared our life stories, good and bad. I confided that I'd had an abortion at the age of 18, which has haunted me all my adult life.

Recently he was reciting a chronology of my life. When he got to the abortion, he said, ... and ...Read more

Woman Held In High Esteem Fears Exposing Imperfections

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I met an amazing man and have been dating him for about three months. It was almost love at first sight. I say almost because I was hesitant to get involved since I am his boss.

My problem is, for six years I was in an emotionally and physically abusive relationship. My ex threw me through a wall, leaving me with broken ribs and ...Read more

Wife Doesn't Share Man's Joy Over His Upcoming Retirement

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm retiring at the end of this year after 50 years of full-time employment and I'm very excited about it. Looking back over my life, I see there have been several life-changing events ... marriage, the births of our children, buying a home and, now, retirement.

My wife gets irritated every time I say (about twice a week), When I ...Read more

Friend Drafted As Photographer Gets Harsh Review From Bride

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Recently, my husband was asked to be the best man at his friend's wedding. The happy couple did not have the financial means to hire a photographer, so I was asked to take pictures of the ceremony and reception.

I'm not a professional photographer, and the bride knows that. I gladly photographed the nuptials on the couple's big day. ...Read more

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