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Alcoholic Recognizes Sober Truths After Wife Leaves Him

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been married for 17 years to the love of my life. I met her 40 years ago while we were growing up in the same neighborhood. Last year she decided our marriage is over.

Nine years into our marriage, I became an alcoholic. Try as I might, I couldn't find a way to stop drinking. Year after year she stuck by me, hoping something ...Read more

Son Jumps Into Online Dating By Asking Personal Questions

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My 40-year-old son signed up with an online dating site. He has a 17-year-old son and has never been married. During his initial contact with one woman, she mentioned she had several kids and my son asked if they were all by the same father. She said he was out of line to ask that question!

I realize people today think one's sexual ...Read more

Disappointed Mom Won't Be At Daughter's Surprise Party

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Our daughter is celebrating her 50th birthday next month. Her husband, Ben, is throwing her a surprise party at a restaurant. We know because he has asked us to watch and feed the grandkids, who are in their teens.

We have been taking care of the grandkids since they were born and have them anywhere from two to seven days a week, ...Read more

Last Child Left At Home Balks At Mother's Plans To Move

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a guy in college, majoring in computer science. I live with my mother, who's in her 60s and works as an elementary school teacher.

Right now, we live in an urban area, near some big cities. Most of our family originally lived here, but my siblings all moved to a mid-southern state, one after another. Mom says she wants to retire ...Read more

Son's Health Problems Cause Dad To Question His Parentage

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My first marriage ended in divorce 35 years ago because my wife had cheated on me several times. I suspected then that I wasn't my daughter's biological father. Lately I have been wondering about my son, too. Both are in their late 30s now. Obviously, I decided to accept them as my own.

My son and his daughter both have health ...Read more

Woman's Co-Workers Ridicule Her Extreme Aversion To Blood

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 30-year-old female who has extreme hemophobia. I cannot see blood or hear people talk about anything blood-related. I pass out when my blood is drawn, and I cannot have a finger-prick blood test either. It's even difficult for me to write this message.

I work in an office and I have told my co-workers about my problem and asked...Read more

Despite Promise To Stop, Man Resumes Watching Pornography

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Can you tell me why men watch porn? My husband watches porn on the computer at all hours of the night. When I found out about it six months ago, he promised he would stop doing it, but I just realized that he still goes online and watches it when I'm asleep at night and early in the morning.

Our sex life has diminished to almost ...Read more

Daughter Of Self-Centered Mom Craves A Role Model

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My mother is extremely self-centered. Ever since I can remember, everything has always been about her. That's probably why she and Dad split. You can't have a conversation with her without her turning it around and making it about her.

I'm 25. I just want to have a regular conversation with my mom without her somehow bringing the ...Read more

Woman Finds Perfect Partner, But Still Prefers To Be Alone

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been dating a great guy for a few months. He treats me well and seems to care about me and my family. He offers to help with the bills and cleaning my place. He's also kind and honest, and he's actually the first guy I have ever dated I feel I can fully trust.

I was single for years before we started dating, and during all ...Read more

Different Approaches To Religion Are Likely To Drive Couple Apart

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: For the first time in my life, I am in love. We met about a month ago. I know he's the man I have waited my entire life to meet. I am 33, so I know what I feel isn't just lust. We have one huge hurdle, though: religion. He's actively religious, while I am not, and he doesn't believe our relationship can survive this difference.

On ...Read more

In-Laws Could Pose A Threat To Couple's Reconciliation

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been married for 15 years and love my wife very much, but we drifted apart. Then I went and did something really stupid and had an affair. It lasted only a few weeks, and I regret it. My now-ex-wife and I are still working on our relationship. Yes, it was the wrong thing to do, but because of the affair, we have grown closer ...Read more

Hands-On Approach To Other Women Disturbs Man's Wife

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband cannot be around a female without putting his hands on her shoulder or back. He has to touch. I'm not jealous, but embarrassed when I see women cringe and the expression on their faces sometimes. I keep hoping one of them will confront him about it. It's getting worse the older he gets, especially with younger women.

Do ...Read more

Pressure From Boyfriend Spurs Teen To Question Relationship

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a 16-year-old girl in a somewhat happy relationship. When I first started dating my boyfriend, he was all about it, as was I. But now it seems like he's only interested in sex. He's always asking me to send him videos and pictures of myself nude, and I just keep telling him I'm not ready for anything like that. I also don't think...Read more

Handy Advice And Tips Help Girls Sharpen Social Skills

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I enjoy reading your column, especially letters regarding young girls and their social skills. I have two granddaughters who have the normal drama, mostly with other girls. I worry their social skills are getting sidetracked.

I am interested in ordering your booklet about popularity. You have such a good way with words, and I'm sure ...Read more

Wife Treated Like A Queen Longs For Simple Snuggling

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I recently got married to a wonderful man who is 19 years younger than I am. He's the love of my life. The problem is, he sleeps totally on one side of the bed and isn't affectionate at night except when we are making love. Then he is amazing -- affectionate, sensitive, and very attentive and kind.

He says his mother was very cold ...Read more

Herpes Infection Keeps Lonely Woman On The Dating Sidelines

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a 65-year-old woman, attractive and lonely. I am uncomfortable using dating sites because I have genital herpes. I was infected by my first husband more than 40 years ago.

If I were to meet someone on one of those sites, when would be the right time to reveal my problem? After we have gotten to know each other? Or should I be up...Read more

Lack Of Financial Planning Leaves An Uncertain Future

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My parents are in their 80s. Both are of sound mind and body. However, they never saved for their retirement and never talked to a financial adviser to help them make financial decisions. Dad receives a pension, but upon his death, Mom will receive nothing. This is the way they set it up years ago. They own their home, and that's ...Read more

Parents Angered After Kids' Baby Sitter Drops The Ball

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I go away once a year and leave our two toddlers with family. This year, their aunt couldn't watch them, so we asked his cousin Renee, who we have always liked, to watch them. She agreed, and we paid her $150 for the weekend. We also bought food she liked and stocked the cupboards with foods the kids eat. We knew ...Read more

Husband's Distress Over Ex's Bad News Perplexes New Wife

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been married to my husband for five years. He's the man of my dreams, and we have a wonderful marriage. Recently we learned that his ex-wife -- to whom he was married for 20 years -- has been diagnosed with a life-threatening cancer. They have two adult children together.

I have never questioned my husband's love or devotion ...Read more

Wife Concerned About Husband Talking To Neighborhood Kids

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been happily married to Roger for 20 years and have two kids still at home. They are pretty independent now, but my husband was very involved in coaching and volunteering when they were younger.

Sometimes when Roger and I take walks, we run into children playing in a yard or biking up and down the block. If they initiate ...Read more

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