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Woe Is She

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My husband and I enjoy getting together with a group of friends every couple of months. But recently, one of them has hijacked every evening with her saga over looking for a new husband. We feel bad that her husband left her for, quite frankly, an extremely expensive car. Another woman was involved, too, but it was mostly the car. ...Read more

Questionable Mom Enters the Family

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My brother-in-law, "Ted," and his wife decided to call it quits over the holidays after being together since high school (about 25 years). Their relationship was very strained and was more of a roommate situation than a marriage for at least 15 years, getting worse every year. His wife moved out of their house in February, and he ...Read more

How to Give Your Cat a Pill

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: Many years ago, my cat-loving sister clipped out an Ann Landers column called "How to Give Your Cat a Pill." She lost it during a move, and I'd love to surprise her with a new one. Could you please let me know where I might be able to find that? -- Cat Aunt

Dear Cat Aunt: I'd be delighted to reprint this hilarious piece. As ...Read more

Wife Gets No Respect

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been married for many years. She was and is my business partner and a great businesswoman. We would not be where we are today without her business acumen, drive and determination. She connects well with other people of both sexes and from all walks of life and backgrounds.

I'm writing about something that has ...Read more

Heavy-Handed Neighbor

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I live in a neighborhood with two non-state-maintained roads. One is a long, straight, steep hill with about 20 residences. My neighbor "Sally" lives in the middle of the hill. She lets her pets roam free in her yard and has toddler grandchildren. People driving up her hill need to maintain speed to get up. It is hard to go 25 mph ...Read more

Workplace Crush

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I have been at my job for almost 12 years. About three years ago, I met a girl who had recently started working there. I should probably mention that I am a bisexual woman. Well, I kind of developed a wicked big crush on her. I have no clue whether she even likes women, and I'm way too shy to ask. But I can't get this girl off my ...Read more

Standing Up to Bullies

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I go to school and often see some of my classmates who are considered "popular" teasing my classmates and friends. The victims always look very uncomfortable, and whenever the teasers are told to stop, they give the excuse, "I'm just joking. Calm down." In my opinion, it's not a joke unless the person receiving the joke is laughing...Read more

Suspicious Snoop

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: When is it OK to spy on your wife's deleted text messages with a "guy friend"? My wife has been guarding her phone since I found out she had been texting a guy she first claimed was a childhood friend. The story changed to, "It was a boyfriend." And although I am somewhat ashamed that I have looked at her phone on occasion -- ...Read more

Weight Loss Means New Wardrobe

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I have been overweight my entire life. Because of a diabetes scare a couple of years ago, I lost 50 pounds, primarily through running and modifying my diet. My self-esteem has greatly improved because I now have more energy to keep up with my kids and can go for longer walks with my husband and just overall have more energy for ...Read more

Husband Doodles Immaturely

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My husband of over 30 years is a great person, successful and well-educated. I love him dearly except for one annoying thing.

He draws on people's photos in magazines and newspapers.

Almost daily, for a few minutes after breakfast or dinner, he'll draw mustaches, knocked-out teeth, facial hair and blemishes on the faces of people...Read more

'Throwback Thursday' Pix Anger Friend

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: "Lisa," a friend with whom I went to high school, got rhinoplasty -- aka a nose job -- between high school and college. Don't ask me why; I think she had a beautiful face beforehand, but that's a tale for another letter. I'm writing to you about a disagreement that's come up between her and me recently.

I love posting "Throwback ...Read more

Trouble With Purging

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: Next month, I'm moving into an apartment that's smaller than my current one. So in the meantime, I've been going through all of my stuff, trying to purge anything I don't use. I have been donating a lot of clothes, books, DVDs, knickknacks and the like to Goodwill. I used to have trouble letting go of things because of sentimental ...Read more

It's My Party

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I'm planning my birthday party. I'm renting out a room in a beautiful bar/event space downtown. I've got about 15 friends coming. Recently, in passing, I mentioned to one of my friends that I'd ordered a cake from a bakery for the occasion. She said, "You're getting your own cake? You shouldn't do that! That's sad!" I told her I ...Read more

Explosion and Silence

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for seven years. Having both been married and divorced before, we committed and agreed before we married that the words "separation" and "divorce" would never be discussed in our future.

We have a large circle of friends and attend music festivals that include old-time dancing, which I love. We ...Read more

Is He Really a Friend?

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I have a dear friend who lives nearby, but for some reason, he will not contact me. We grew up together, and a year ago, I helped him, his wife and his dogs out after Hurricane Irma knocked out electricity at their home.

He has never really thanked me, and he never calls me. And I refuse to call him.

What could be the problem? He...Read more

An Old Dog Learns a New Trick

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I'm an old guy with some advice for other older people in the workforce. I've been a contract attorney working in health care for over 30 years. When I got let go from my company three years ago after 15 years, I'm telling you, finding another job was the hardest job I've ever had. It made the real jerks I had dealt with and stress...Read more

Spread Thin on Visits Home

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I'd like to make a plea to your readers.

My wife and I live far from the places where we grew up, but most of our friends are still close to our respective parents. When we visit, especially now that we have children, it is always stressful because of our friends' expectations.

Because of work schedules, school schedules and our ...Read more

The Real Man Comes Out After Marriage

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I have been married for one year to a classmate whom I reconnected with at our 50th high school class reunion. While he was courting me, he seemed perfect. He spent money on me, bought loving cards, bought flowers, took me to restaurants and fancy hotels. You get the picture. He continued to court me until I agreed to marry him. It...Read more

The Kids Decision Revisited

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Readers: I am always fascinated to hear diametrically opposed yet equally valid viewpoints. Such was the case with the following two letters, which both appeared in my inbox on the same day in response to "Undecided in Ohio," who isn't sure whether she wants kids. Read on.

Dear Annie: I have often read this column but never responded to ...Read more

Children Won't Listen

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My husband and I have four young children. Generally, our children are well-behaved; however, sometimes they don't listen to me or my husband. It is incredibly frustrating for us, and we both lose our patience quickly with them. When this happens, we find that they start playing off one another and revolting against us.

This tends...Read more


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