Dear Annie: I want to share a story with you and your readers about a resource that has helped our family tremendously. They are called memory care centers, which is an alternative to assisted living.
in 1998, my sister and I were informed that the agency handling the 24/7 home care for my dad, who had Alzheimer's, could no longer work with ...Read more
Dear Annie: I must disagree with your advice to "Brokenhearted in Ohio." These adult children should not have to be reminded to call or send a card to their grandmother on her birthday or any holiday. They are being very disrespectful, no matter how busy their lives are.
Beyond her apparent focus on expensive gifts from the past, Grandma ...Read more
Dear Annie: Over the years, my tolerance for garlic has gotten so bad that I have cut it out of my diet entirely. This is really hard because garlic is in everything. I try to explain to people that yes, this is real, and yes, it makes me very sick. There are even support groups on Facebook about this.
At church, I do not go to potlucks or ...Read more
Dear Annie: There's a pizza place my husband and I go to once in a while near our home that has a really nice wait staff -- mostly younger girls -- but there is one gal, "Veronica," who's older, and we hit it off really well. We were good friends, or so I thought. The last two times we have been in for lunch, she has gone out of her way to avoid...Read more
Dear Readers: Today marks the first day of a new season and one of my favorites: fall. As we say so long to summer and swap our swimsuits for sweaters, we look ahead to new and exciting memories to come -- from back-to-school activities to trick-or-treating, football games to pumpkin-carving and plenty of apple cider.
Here are some of my ...Read more
Dear Annie: I will be 80 in October 2022. I do not have a problem with aging. It's better than the alternative.
I read this years ago and still think they are great words to live by: "Age is just a number of years ... It is what you do with those years that keeps you young and beautiful to be near. Age is a state of mind: If you leave your ...Read more
Dear Annie: I will admit that I am a controlling daughter-in-law. I suffered childhood abuse of many kinds and am deeply reluctant to trust others with my children, particularly men.
My father-in-law sets off my alarm bells in a bad way. He is not appropriate with women and children.
I could list all the warnings I have been told and heard ...Read more
Dear Annie: We're in a bit of a crisis here. My daughter has gone through a messy divorce. Her ex-husband took her to court for custody of their two younger children, calling her neglectful and unfit, as well as seeking to reduce support payments, to name a few charges. She won the case, but now he is appealing.
He has practically unlimited ...Read more
Dear Annie: My grandson was the victim of hazing incidents in the locker room at his private school. It went on for more than a month. Someone made videos of parts of it, and the entire school saw the videos.
The perpetrator was asked to withdraw from his school (not expelled). The detective who investigated told my daughter that he had never ...Read more
Dear Annie: I've been reading your column for a while and now have a situation of my own I'm hoping you can help me with. I've been with my girlfriend for 10 months and am set to propose very soon. We get along quite well, make each other laugh, build each other up and communicate well, too, so things couldn't be better. The only issue is that...Read more
Dear Annie: I am a 44-year-old single male who has been struggling with the dating scene. I only started dating in the last 15 years. Though I have met a lot of great people during that time, it seems as if being a gentleman, opening doors, trying to build a relationship, sending good morning/goodnight texts, and having great dates with ...Read more
Dear Annie: I am 75. Two years ago, my oldest son, age 53, died suddenly from a massive heart attack. He was single and worked hard to amass a very large estate, which he left to me. The plan once his estate closed was to use some of the money to move to another state, pay cash for a house, get a couple of dependable cars, keep the remainder ...Read more
Dear Annie: I am writing in response to "Angry Neighbor," published on Aug. 28. "Angry" is upset about a campaign sign in his neighbor's yard. Some states have a time limit for how long a political sign can remain posted. The neighbor might be in violation of a law or ordinance. "Angry" could pursue this further.
Thank you. -- Helpful ...Read more
Dear Annie: My Brazilian wife recently went to her native country for the first time in 10 years. She wanted to see her family. In the three years we have been married, never once had she ever discussed or hinted at getting any type of plastic surgery. About two weeks into her seven-week vacation, she disappeared for three days.
She sent me a...Read more
Dear Annie: The best wisdom my mother gave me about dealing with the death of our pets was this: Our pets live shorter lives than us so we can have more lovely ones. -- Wisdom
Dear Wisdom: That is really sweet. Thank you for sharing.
Dear Annie: I regret not visiting my mother enough when she was alive.
I was a "very busy, always working" ...Read more
Dear Readers: Today is Sept. 11. A day that changed America forever. There were many brave men and women who lost their lives this day. Below are some quotes that help to remind us of the preciousness of life and honoring those with incredible courage.
"If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no ...Read more
Dear Annie: I've been married to a wonderful woman for almost 50 years. That alone should explain our relationship: 50 years. I've never loved anyone else. Our courtship and marriage were wonderful. She was everything I wanted my wife and the mother of my children to be, and she has been, except for one detail. She lied to me about her sexual ...Read more
Dear Annie: I recently had my 50th birthday. My boyfriend and I have been dating for seven years, with a two-year break. His friend recently asked me if my boyfriend gave me a present from him. I hadn't received the present, so I didn't say anything to my boyfriend, hoping maybe time just got away from us and he forgot. It has been over six ...Read more
Dear Annie: I am at my wits' end. I don't know what to do for my 29-year-old grandson. He needs help, but I don't know how to help him.
This is what I call a wasted life. He has no motivation to better himself. He has been living at my house for five months. After he got here, he got fired, so he sat here until the end of July doing nothing ...Read more
Dear Annie: I am a 68-year-old Grammy, and I love to do things with my grandchildren. Unfortunately, as we age, our immunity lowers, and we can become sick more easily.
We can expose whooping cough to our grandbabies by just holding them. Pneumonia can be deadly, too, along with COVID-19 or the flu.
So, as we become older, we have to take ...Read more