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Old and Discarded

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am a 72-year-old married (for now) man. I was just told by my wife that she wants a divorce because I am no fun. We've been married for almost 50 years. Apparently, she has been planning this for quite some time. She got a face-lift, wants liposuction, etc. She goes out dancing and has been working out.

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The Gross Habit of Spitting

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: The other day, I was working from a cafe close to my house. As I sat there for a few hours, I saw a number of men spitting on the sidewalk as they passed by. Men in dirty clothes, men in fancy suits, young men, old men -- it seems to be a trait shared by all types of men. Fond as I am of finding and cultivating common connections ...Read more

Fallout From a Layoff

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am writing you in hopes of getting, well, a little shred of hope. I come from a lower-middle-class family that has always been short on money, high on stress and full of love despite that. Growing up, I always admired the fact that my parents served a healthy, comforting meal every night, despite having multiple jobs, and waited ...Read more

Never Celebrated

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Dear Annie: I've been wanting to write to you about this for a while. About one-twelfth of people have December birthdays. Mine is in the second week of December.

When I was a child, my birthday celebration would get lost amid all the holiday events. It'd get mashed together with some big get-together or sometimes be pretty much forgotten. ...Read more

Staying Socially Connected While Immobile

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Dear Annie: My mom recently had a health scare. Although she is OK for now, it has limited her mobility, and she's not nearly so active as she used to be. She always has been really active in the community and has had a heart for seniors. Unfortunately, that also means that most of her friends are in similar straits -- mostly housebound and ...Read more

Not on a First-Name Basis

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Dear Annie: My son's best friend, "Travis," has started to call me by my first name. For as long as I can remember, I was "Mrs. Thomas." But yesterday, when I brought over lunch for the boys, Travis said, "Thanks, Susan." I thought it may have been a joke and chuckled a little and put down the plates. But the next day, I drove Travis and my ...Read more

Daughter Doesn't Approve of Mom's New Relationship

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am a 50-year-old woman. I have two adult children and two grandchildren. I am a recovering addict. My daughter chose to stay with me during all those painful years. Now, after many years alone, I finally met someone who loves me, and I love her -- yes, "her." My partner is a woman. "Sally" and I have been living together for ...Read more

Left Out of the Group

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My elder brother, his girlfriend and I have always been very close. Let's call them "Ryan" and "Beth."

We used to text and call one another often and even hang out a lot. But a few months ago, I introduced my friend "Donna" to Beth. And for the past few months, they've been hanging out more and more. Now they are the ones who hang...Read more

Empty-Handed Guests

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I have a question of etiquette. Our adult sons (who are older than 40), their wives and our grandchildren often visit over the weekends for family sit-down dinners. We do this pretty much every weekend because they live close by and we enjoy the chance to keep up with our daughters-in-law and grandchildren.

Our boys and their ...Read more

Divorce Blocks Out Grandma

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am hoping that you can help me solve this problem. My son recently divorced the mother of his two children. My former daughter-in-law has decided to unfriend me on Facebook and talk negatively about me to others. I would like to still be able to show my friends pictures of my grandchildren from her Facebook page. I am very sorry ...Read more

Traumatic Past Remains

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I want to tell you my story. My father was an alcoholic wife-beater. My crib was in a corner of my parents' bedroom, and I have a vivid memory of him beating her as I stood in my crib crying in terror. He turned to me and warned that if I didn't shut up, I would get some of the same. I sobbed myself to sleep without anyone to ...Read more

It's My Life

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am a 20-year-old woman, and I feel that my family is toxic for me. My grandfather, aunts and uncles have raised me since I was 3 years old. I do not know where my father is, and my mother is not supporting me. (It goes without saying that she and I don't have a great relationship.)

My grandfather is the one who pays to send me ...Read more

Suspicion of an Affair

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Dear Annie: My husband and I are in our 60s and now both retired. About 18 months ago, I picked up his cellphone by mistake. (We had very similar phones at the time.) I discovered he was texting a former co-worker who is an attractive 30-something divorcee and who, when I first met her, introduced herself as my husband's "work girlfriend."

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Addiction Affecting Household

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My 52-year-old stepdaughter is on drugs and has been for 20 years. Her mom has had her removed from our home four or five times, but she is now back living here. She is causing so much stress to the whole family, and we do not know where to go for help. She refuses to go to any type of rehab.

She is paranoid -- barricading herself...Read more

Husband's Hearing Loss, Revisited

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Readers: Recently, I printed a letter from "Sad and Frustrated Beyond Words," who was at her wits' end with her husband, who has hearing loss but refuses to get help. I told her that she's right that her husband should get his hearing checked but added that until he's open to seeing a doctor, she should focus on her own mental health. I ...Read more

Family Members' Regrettable Posts

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: This is an issue I imagine many people are having. Sometimes my family members post things I disagree with online. Many times, I've found myself typing up a comment, only to decide against clicking the "submit" button. I really don't want to get into arguments with loved ones about politics, so I refrain from saying anything. I ...Read more

Leaving After Years of Abuse

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Dear Annie: When my youngest son graduates high school, I plan on leaving my husband.

My husband, "Bill," and I have two sons. My husband has refused to discipline either of them. He's always allowed the elder son (age 20) to curse me out and make my life a living hell, as well as bully his little brother. Bill has often been dismissive and ...Read more

Husband Packing on Pounds

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My husband has gained about 15 pounds in as many months. "Robb" has been a naturally thin person all his life, or at least in the 10 years I've known him. I know he realizes he's gained weight, because he's mentioned how his clothes aren't fitting well anymore, and recently his brother visited and gently teased him about how he was...Read more

Problem Child

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I'm at my wits' end, and I really hope you can help. I love my children, and I love being a mother, but my youngest seems to want to make that as hard as possible for me. My son is a senior in high school, and I fear he is going down the wrong path. He has always struggled in school, but I've always gotten him tutors; he's always ...Read more

Dumped by Friend

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I hope you can help me with a friendship problem I am having. A group of six or seven of us get together for birthdays and other events. We also do things individually. One in our group, whom I interact with regularly, and I were attending an event where I mentioned we would stay for only a half-hour. I lost track of time, only to ...Read more


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