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The Kids Aren't All Right

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I have been married to my husband for 11 years. He has three grown children, all gainfully employed, who live in distant cities. We live in the large house his children grew up in. Two of the children are married with young kids.

The problem is that at least twice a year, his kids decide to coordinate a visit home, all coming into...Read more

Retirement Comes in With a Bang

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am a 67-year-old man who has extreme seller's remorse and have slipped into depression from selling my business two years ago. The reason I am writing is to caution the 10,000 baby boomers a day who are turning 65. After retiring, I was caught completely off guard by the fact that my entire identity was my business. I have also ...Read more

The Leftovers Thief

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I have had this issue with a certain family member, and I am hoping you can advise me on what to do. When the family of one of our sons visits and eats dinner at our house, his wife cleans up afterward, which is appreciated, but the problem is that she takes 90 percent of the food for herself and her grown children without asking. ...Read more

Husband Addicted to Game

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: Ever since "Pokemon Go" came out, my husband has been spending a lot of time playing it. Sometimes he's out for eight to 10 hours per day, including during the night, walking around and attempting to find Pokemon for the game.

"M" is in his early 50s and has been a stay-at-home dad for the past seven years. Our lifestyle is frugal...Read more

Mom Is a Food Hoarder

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My mother is 79 years old. She was born during the Depression, and I know that when she was younger, she didn't get enough to eat. The problem now is that she still hoards food. She admits that she has a problem, but she can't seem to stop buying food for the freezer. She has a huge chest freezer and two smaller freezers that are ...Read more

Thirty's a Crowd

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: Though the holidays are behind us, I'm left with some lingering resentment. My problem is that we host too many guests. I married into a family of seven. This family has since grown to 30 people, even with the deaths of the mother and father. My wife and I took on the hosting of the annual Christmas get-together for the family, but...Read more

Not Over Him Yet

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: About a year and a half ago, the absolute love of my life and I broke up. I was going through some hard times and suffered from major depression and wasn't taking any medication for it. I accused him of cheating, not loving me, etc., to the point where he'd had enough. I don't blame him, really. We still talked afterward, and I ...Read more

No News Is Good News

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I'm suffering from what I call vigilance fatigue. The state of our government's affairs may never have been worse, and I'm trying to stay on top of it all, but it's exhausting.

I do want to stay informed, but I find that every moment I'm not working or spending time with my kids, I'm reading a magazine or an online news story or ...Read more

Taking Time to Appreciate Veterans

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: In the past year, the Department of Veterans Affairs has tackled many issues for our veterans, and we are proud to participate in the largest transformation of VA in recent history.

Our volunteers and community partners form a large part of this effort, allowing us to bring programs and services to our veterans that otherwise ...Read more

Cut the Chitchat

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I recently went to see my doctor about some troublesome symptoms I had been experiencing, and the entire time he was examining me, he kept up a running monologue about the holidays and politics and other assorted topics. I responded as necessary, but mostly I found myself wondering how he could be doing a good job of listening to ...Read more

This Is Our Humble Abode

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I'm hoping you can settle a little disagreement between my 16-year-old daughter and me. The two of us live together in a modest home, which I am proud of. It is nothing special, but I work hard to keep it neat and organized.

When we have company, I am very welcoming and ask our guests whether they would like to see our home, from ...Read more

Gift Guilt

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: It was a wonderful Christmas season. However, I'm finding myself more guilt-ridden than ever. Here's why:

My wife and I are "gifters." We like to think of all the people in our lives whom we can think of -- near, far, wherever they are -- and try to give them something. Most of the gifts are fairly nice. For people we don't know ...Read more

Neighborhood Noise

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My neighbors aren't exactly the kind of people you could describe as -- how do I put this? -- quiet. And really, that isn't a problem. I've always loved the fact that my neighborhood is full of life. I actually like hearing the sounds of kids playing outside, a loud backyard barbecue, even television and music.

A new family moved ...Read more

Unofficial Third Roommate

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: Recently, I moved into an apartment with my friend "Grace." Since we moved in, Grace's boyfriend, "Jesse," has been spending a lot of time at our place. He stores his groceries in our refrigerator, and they often shower in our (shared) bathroom together while I'm home. Last week, he brought a suitcase over, and he has spent every ...Read more

Tip Stolen

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I had a problem that I have not seen in your column. My family and I were out of town and having lunch at a lovely botanical garden in a nearby city. A sweet young waitress brought some of our orders and was assigned to our table, although she did not take our orders, as they have a cafeteria-like setup.

We still put down a cash ...Read more

Three's a Crowd

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am either in a predicament or being overly sensitive, and I trust you to tell me the truth either way. I am in my 40s and in what I thought was a very healthy relationship with a stable, responsible man who has a very good job, "Luke." I've never been in this type of relationship before, as I previously chose to be single and ...Read more

Aw, You Should Have

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My boyfriend and I have been together for three years. Everything is going well between us, and he's a sweet and thoughtful guy in general. But he didn't get me a present or card for Christmas, and it's been bothering me the past few weeks, though I've tried to just move on. It's not something I'm eager to bring up. I feel pretty ...Read more

Just a Touch

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: In this new (and long-overdue) era of "#MeToo," I'm wondering: Is it always inappropriate to lightly the touch the arm of an opposite-sex acquaintance during a casual conversation? I'm not talking about prolonged or repeated touches. I just mean a spontaneous and quick touch. I realize that some people may find such action sexually...Read more

Running to Mommy

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My boyfriend, "Mike," and I are in our late 20s and have been together for five years. Our issues stem from his calling his mom during every argument we have -- whether it's small or large. It adds strain and stress to everything, but he doesn't see it. I have asked him several times to stop, but he either gets defensive and ...Read more

Tipping Housekeepers

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: You frequently write about tipping, but I've never seen a column about housekeepers, which is one of the hardest jobs, in my opinion. I am 67 years old and have been employed for four years at minimum wage.

We clean up to 20 rooms a day. For example, today I cleaned 16 rooms and received one $3 tip, which I appreciated. If guests ...Read more


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