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Can't Forget About Her

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My family relocated the year I was entering ninth grade, and on the third day at my new school, as I was walking home, a girl I'll call Ann ran up to my side, introduced herself and insisted on carrying my books to my home, some three blocks away. The next morning, Ann and three other girls waited on the sidewalk outside my house ...Read more

Friend in a Problematic Relationship

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: Last fall, my friend "Olive" and her boyfriend of five years, "John," broke up. Of course, I wasn't happy to see her going through the tough emotions that come with any breakup, but man, I sure was happy to see that guy out of the picture. He was a jerk. He cheated on her multiple times and hardly let her see her friends. The rare ...Read more

Let Him Go to Voicemail

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am in a quandary about a situation. I am a widow. Sometime after my late husband passed away, an old friend and I renewed our friendship. At first, things were very pleasant, and I enjoyed his company. This gentleman was divorced. I believe that his former wife had an affair. I don't think he ever worked through the feelings of ...Read more

Sullied Grass

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I've never written to one of these columns before, but I do read them. My family recently bought a home in a large development in the South. We don't own a dog at this time but have in the past. The neighborhood is full of dog owners who walk their dogs and let them do their business on the neighbors' lawns, sometimes way up the ...Read more

Boundaries Needed for Mom

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I have been in a relationship with my fiance for seven years. When we first started dating and I met his mother, she cried and said, "Take care of him." Mind you, he's 52 years old. I didn't think anything of it. Well, six years later, I can't count all the incidents of drama and manipulation that she's created.

She's incredibly ...Read more

A Romeo Con Man

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I was born and raised in America but am engaged to a Nigerian guy I met on Facebook. We have been dating for two years now through text messages, video calls and phone calls.

He claims he has no money to travel here, so his getting here mainly depends on me. I am disabled and on a fixed income because of medical problems. I can't ...Read more

Is Her Body a Distraction?

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I work at a small office that employs all women. Most, including me, are older than 50. Over a year ago, one of my co-workers had a double mastectomy. Over the year, we all were very supportive and helpful to her. Last week, I was summoned into the boss's office to be told that this employee is having serious emotional stress ...Read more

Partner Unsupportive of Children

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I'm in a relationship with someone whom I thought would care about and love me. I met this man almost 10 years ago.

My adult son, "Barry," lives with us, though he will be moving out soon. My partner gets home from work and complains to me about little things Barry does. For instance, he recently complained about how much toilet ...Read more

How to Help a Worried Friend

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I have a friend who is going through a tough time, and I am wondering how I can help her.

She was a single mother who raised two daughters and a son on her own. I am still amazed at how she provided a safe and loving home for her children all by herself. Her daughters are married and living in different states with their families....Read more

Fertility Woes

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My husband and I have had some difficulty getting pregnant. I am 32 and feel the clock ticking as each day without my having a fertility doctor passes.

This entire process is completely embarrassing. I am ashamed I even have to go through this. I feel as though I am less of a woman.

We recently moved to a new city, and I don't ...Read more

Um, Excuse You

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I'm a woman in my mid-20s. About a month ago, I started seeing "Vern." He was my first date through an online dating site, so I was nervous and then pleasantly surprised when he turned out to be charming, sincere, witty and just as good-looking in person. We share a lot of the same interests and even, it turns out, have some mutual...Read more

Not a Pro Bono Baby Sitter

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I'm a college sophomore. Recently, I baby-sat for a friend of a friend who is a few years older and lives in town with her husband and two kids. One was an infant, and the other was a toddler. It was a relatively easy baby-sitting gig; the little one mostly just slept, and the older one, though a bit of a handful at times, was not ...Read more

An Ivory Gift

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: Twenty-five years ago, my husband and I honeymooned in Kenya. While there, we both fell in love with elephants. We discovered that they are one of the most intelligent and kindest animals around. While on safari, we witnessed a baby elephant crying. The entire family went over to comfort her. The elephants seemed to express a ...Read more

Too Angry to Enjoy Retirement

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Dear Annie: My husband of nearly 50 years recently retired from a long and successful career as a litigator. He loved his work very much and rarely lost a case. In the past few years, I have seen a dramatic decrease in both his health and his happiness. He always seems ready for a fight -- with a neighbor, a family member or just a server at a...Read more

The In-Laws Would Not Approve of Dad

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am a gay divorced father of three. I divorced the mother of my children after almost 30 very difficult years of psychological and physical abuse. When we first separated, my eldest daughter pulled me aside and offered to testify on my behalf if the divorce proceedings warranted it.

This daughter is soon to marry a wonderful ...Read more

The Truth Hurts

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: From the time you are born, your parents and elders tell you to always tell the truth. When you go to school, your teachers tell you the same. And then when you enter the real world, you find that if you tell the truth, you are labeled a -- well, a word too rude to print in the newspaper. You are considered rude and opinionated. ...Read more

An Open Letter for 'Be Kind to Animals Week'

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Dear Annie: I'm hoping you'll print this for Be Kind to Animals Week. While traveling, my daughter saw four dogs lying beside an interstate. When she stopped, two ran off into the woods. With the aid of another motorist, she managed to get two dogs into her car and drive them to a shelter in the nearest city. One was adopted. The other was not...Read more

Fido Can't Hold It

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am having an issue with our 13-year-old bichon frise and am hoping that you can point me in the right direction. We adopted our dog when he was 1 year old, and he was house-trained. Until recently, our work schedule allowed us to walk him three times a day. Midsummer, my husband changed jobs, and we now are able to walk him only ...Read more

A Pajamas Conspiracy?

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Dear Annie: Shortly after Christmas, my work friend, "Mike," and I were talking at lunch and discovered we have the same problem. Our wives both gave us silk pajamas. Worst yet, they expect us to wear them! We think it's a conspiracy, even though they have never met. Mike wears his boxer briefs to bed. I stopped wearing my underwear to bed ...Read more

Young Toxic Couple

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Dear Annie: My girlfriend and I have been dating for a little over 10 months now, and she has been pushing for an engagement since month three. I've been telling her I'm not ready for marriage. We are in a toxic relationship but have been working on it and have been improving step by step. The main reason I have been hesitant about marriage is...Read more


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