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Thanks for the Junk

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am in my 60s, as are my brothers and sisters, and we're all retired. We have always exchanged nice, thoughtful (though not expensive) gifts for birthdays, Christmas and maybe some other special occasions. Over the past several years, my brother "Rod" and his wife, "Erma," have, in addition to a lot of other rude behaviors, ...Read more

The Joy of Comparing

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I read your column daily and always like your tough love and sensible advice. I'm interested in what your advice would be in the following situation. It involves gift giving at Christmas for nieces and nephews. My daughter does not feel that her brother gave as much to her sons as she did to his daughter and two stepchildren. She ...Read more

My Body's My Body

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My husband, "Robert," and I moved back to our hometown several years ago to help with aging parents. I went back to work as a nurse, and he joined his father's law firm. Upon moving back, we struck up a friendship with an old acquaintance of Robert's. "Tim" and Robert went to high school together and a year of college.

We have ...Read more

Unwanted Houseguest

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I'm a little chagrined to admit that we can't come up with a solution to this situation by ourselves, but we are really stumped. We have a friend who has stayed over with us twice. The first time, he brought two others with him, which worked out OK. The second time, he stayed for four days, ate everything in the fridge, as well as ...Read more

You May Wanna Get That Checked Out

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I have been a practicing dermatologist for over 20 years. I love my profession. I am also a mother to two boys and a girl. Recently, my son who's a senior in college came home for Thanksgiving. His new girlfriend came over to our house for dinner. He told me how much he likes her and that they had been dating for about three months...Read more

A Matter of Biology

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Dear Annie: My grandson "Logan" was fathered by someone other than his elder and younger brothers' father, "Ron." (Our daughter was separated at the time from Ron, and they ended up getting back together before Logan was born.) When Logan was born, they put Ron as his father on the birth certificate. Ron and both sets of grandparents know that...Read more

Grandma Didn't Write That

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: Over the holidays, my wife's niece posted a picture of a recipe card on Facebook that was from her grandmother, my wife's mother. She said it was her favorite Christmas recipe from her grandmother and in her grandmother's handwriting. She wants to have it printed on a tea towel (in Grandma's handwriting), and several other ...Read more

Toxic Family Members

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am a 50-year-old married woman with two children. I am far from perfect, but I do feel I am a decent person. My issue is my sister and my mom. I have spent most of my adult life trying to please both of them. I walk on eggshells every time we have a family function, because I never know what I've done that they will be upset ...Read more

Rethinking Sleepovers

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I have a situation at my home that I really don't know how to deal with.

We have a blended family, with an 18-year-old daughter and two boys.

My stepdaughter is a senior in high school and just let her mother know she likes girls, even though she has a boyfriend.

We would never let any boys spend the night at our house, but she ...Read more

A Grandma Shut Out

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am a 68-year-old widow with two grown children, both married, both living nearby. I dearly love babies and baby-sit as much as possible. My son and wife had my first grandson over the summer. My son called me the morning after to invite me to see him, so I did for a few minutes. Then, a few weeks later and a few weeks after that,...Read more

Takeout Tipping

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I was picking up food at a restaurant for lunch the other day, and I found my pen hovering over the "tip" line on the receipt for an awkward few moments. I'm never sure how much to leave when I get takeout. What's the standard tipping etiquette? And while we're on the subject, how much should you tip the pizza guy? I don't want to ...Read more

English Pet Peeves

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I considered myself an average student after graduating high school in 1970, and I have been very successful in my 36-year career as an insurance investigator. I have dealt with a wide range of cultures. I feel I'm of average intelligence and probably below average in my English and grammar skills -- yet I find it amazing how most ...Read more

Long-Lost Daughter Brings Problems

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My husband and a daughter he fathered 50 years ago recently found each other via an internet post from the two children we have together. Since they met, he has been hiding in a locked room and calling her several times a day. When I asked him to stop sneaking, she sent him a phone to use just to call her.

We live in Florida, and ...Read more

A Poem for New Drivers

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: Your predecessor Ann Landers published a poem called "Dead at Seventeen" to get the attention of new drivers and impress upon them the dangers and responsibilities of driving a car. Might you have that on file somewhere? I have a 17-year-old granddaughter with a new driver's license, whom I'd like to see it. -- Shirley in Indiana

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Does Mother Know Best?

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: A few months ago, my mom came to visit from out of state. We've always had a strained relationship and never seen eye to eye. While she was here, she made a big deal about the fact that I wash my dishes with bristled brushes and not dishcloths. I explained that dishcloths harbor bacteria and that bristled brushes are more ...Read more

Needed: An Accessible Shower

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My wife and I are both in our 80s, and though we do not travel as much as we once did, we are still able to get around a bit. I am in fairly good physical condition, but my wife must use either a cane or a walker. The problem is this:

When we stop at a hotel or motel for the night, it is almost impossible to get a room with a walk...Read more

Shunned by Siblings

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am a middle child with two elder brothers, a younger sister and a younger brother. They all get together and have dinner and movie dates or hang out with one another. I am always excluded. No phone call or text. They have been rude and unwelcoming for more than 15 years now. No idea why. I have finally told them that I think they...Read more

Your Will Is Others' Command

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I have a will that I made out several years ago but needs revising. Seeing as I have no children, I directed that my assets be split evenly among my siblings -- or to their descendants, should I outlive one or more sibling. Over the years, I have realized that my nieces and nephews are not all the same. I would like to change ...Read more

Power of Attorney Turns Ugly

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I've been estranged from my twin brother for two years, since our sister died after her short battle with a terminal illness. When she was diagnosed, her family gave him power of attorney rights (property and health) during her remaining time. My brother managed her personal affairs and health care well, but unfortunately, he took ...Read more

New Friend's Annoying Social Habits

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: Over the past six months, a wonderful friendship has been developing with a potential friend who enjoys the cultural and outdoor activities that I do. We are both exchanging viewpoints, backgrounds, likes and dislikes freely. However, I have two problems: When I share my experience about a difficult health situation or maybe a ...Read more


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