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Disowned but Invited

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am a widow with many children and stepchildren, who all are adults. Most of us get along and spend time with one another on a monthly basis.

There is one stepson, "Joe," who has decided to "disown" the family, feeling that he isn't kept in the loop and that others don't talk to him. This is the second time he's announced a ...Read more

Who Let the Dogs In?

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: First, may I start off by saying I love animals, especially dogs. I have had several dogs and loved them, as they loved me, unconditionally. But when did it come to be that all dogs are service dogs? When did it start being OK to bring a dog into a grocery, a pharmacy and even a restaurant? Today in a department store, there was a ...Read more

Overwhelming Hatred

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: In 2013, I lost my brother to a drug-induced heart attack. At the time of his death, he had just learned that his daughter had brain cancer. My beautiful niece was just 12 years old when she was diagnosed.

My parents took her in. I was not happy about this. I endured horrible abuse at the hands of my mother and stepfather as a ...Read more

Post-Divorce Brainwashing

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: We are the grandparents of two very precious children. Recently, their parents were divorced after their mother had an affair with another man and became pregnant. Our son is trying to get shared residential custody, but the judge at their hearing believed the false statements of the children's mother and ruled in her favor. We ...Read more

You're Wrong About My Life

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I have read your advice column off and on for a while and am excited to see you have a Facebook page that you post things to.

I'd like your advice, as I have in-laws who have sent me various columns of yours that feature letters from people whose situations they think mirror my situation. Though I appreciate their wanting to offer...Read more

Family and Politics

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: We have a situation in our family, and it may be a problem in other families. Maybe you have an answer to help us all.

I voted my conscience in the most recent presidential election, but I feel I am being punished by my daughter and her family, who didn't agree with me. She had an exceptional education, which I believe should have...Read more

With This Ring

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I was engaged for about two years and ended the engagement and relationship after realizing that despite our fondness for each other, we would just not be able to live together. There was an argument at least once a week.

After the breakup, I asked for the ring back, and she declined, saying I had broken her heart. In the meantime...Read more

Retail Woes

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: Today my sister and I were looking at dresses at our local J.C. Penney. I can't remember a more frustrating visit to what I had considered a go-to store for my needs. We had to go through three departments to find a clerk. She was from the shoe department but was more than willing to help us. We weren't able to find an appropriate ...Read more

Wife Wants Out

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: Six weeks ago, my wife of 14 years and the mother of my two kids told me that our marriage is over. She said that for the past several years, we've been growing apart. She is not willing to see a marriage counselor because she is already at peace with this decision. This revelation blindsided me.

I started working from the house ...Read more

The Specter of Past Alcohol Abuse

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been together for 30 years. The first 22 years of our marriage, I was drunk every weekend and some weeknights. I'm not proud of the things I did and said. I'm not happy about all the quality time I missed out on with our children, who are now grown and out of the house. But I can't undo what's been done, and ...Read more

Medicated and Changed

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been together for four years, married for one. She's always been a little absent-minded. At first, it was cute, but then it started to become more of an issue. After we got married and moved in together, I noticed it more. For example, I came home a few times to find the stove on with nothing on it. This ...Read more

All-Consuming Video Game

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I gave my 5-year-old son a PlayStation 4 for Christmas. He has since logged countless hours on his new favorite game, "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim." I would have no problem with this, except he has played the game so much that he has mastered the made-up language and, whenever I try to talk about his newfound obsession, pretends ...Read more

Thinking of Leaving

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I have been living with my partner for 36 years. By all outside appearances, he is a very good man. And in many ways, he is. But in the important ways, he is not. Birthdays and special holidays are never acknowledged; he makes snide comments about my weight; he's never been there when I've really needed him; he drinks until he is ...Read more

Hearts Will Break

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am the father of two married girls, who both have made bad decisions on spouses -- one in her first marriage and the other in her second marriage. In light of this, it concerns me that I did not ever vet my daughters' choices of men.

Now that I have five granddaughters, two of whom are twins and madly in love with boyfriends, I ...Read more

You're Eating That?

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I work in an office with mostly wonderful ladies with whom I, in general, get along well with. I have one lunchtime irritation.

There is a certain co-worker, "June," who always has a comment to make about what I'm eating for lunch. She never says anything so blunt as, "That is unhealthy! How can you eat that?!" However, her ...Read more

A Surprise Letdown

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am writing to you with a problem that probably seems pretty petty compared with some of the more life-or-death questions you get, but I am too embarrassed to bring it up with anyone else, so here goes.

I recently celebrated my 30th birthday. Weeks in advance, my husband promised me a great day. For weeks, I looked forward to it ...Read more

Seeking Relationship Closure

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I feel like a cliche. About a year and a half ago, after six years of dating, "Jon" and I broke up -- or more accurately, Jon broke up with me.

It blindsided me, especially because I had just relocated with him to another state about a month earlier. He said he was having personal issues and just wanted to be alone. He was ...Read more

The Real Grandma

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My three children are all grown and married and are in their early to mid-30s. They have three children among them, ages 14 years, 10 years and 1 month.

When I first got married, many years ago, my parents hounded me constantly about when I was going to make them grandparents. Sadly, after I had my three children, they were "too ...Read more

Ended for the Wrong Reason

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I need your help with something. I am still in high school and have hit a bump in the road with a relationship issue.

I was dating this guy, "Andrew," for 10 months, and I really thought we had something going. Then I met this guy "Will," but we were just friends. One of my really good friends, "Natasha," would always talk to ...Read more

The Son-in-Law's New Woman

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: Our only child died of a quickly moving cancer. She left a husband and four teenage children. Less than one year after her death, our son-in-law, "Ben," was captured by a woman less than 10 years older than our eldest grandchild. This woman, "Meredith," was married at the time and has a very young child of her own.

Our ...Read more


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