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Get a Room

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: Am I turning into a curmudgeon as I get older, or are couples today way more comfortable being physical in public? I recently went to a concert with my husband, something I'd been looking forward to for weeks. But I couldn't concentrate on what was happening on the stage. That's because seated next to us were a young couple, probably...Read more

Cult Diet

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Dear Annie: My friend "Janice" and I met in college and were bridesmaids in each other's wedding. We live down the street from each other, and our kids play together. Until recently, she'd been about 30 pounds overweight ever since I met her. She would always talk about losing those pounds but never do anything about it. So I was really happy ...Read more

Putting a Foot in the Door

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Dear Annie: My daughter is a sophomore in college and is starting to apply for summer internships. She's a great student -- all A's and B's -- and a hard worker. She wants to work in the film industry, so most of the places she's sending her resume are media companies, film studios, advertising agencies and the like. My good friend of 25 years...Read more

An Old Flame

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Dear Annie: In December, I went to a holiday house party, and most of the people in the crowd were my old friends from college (class of 1979). I hadn't seen some of these people in 25 years or more. The hostess pulled out her giant photo album, and there they were, several pictures of my favorite ex-girlfriend and me having the time of our ...Read more

Worried About a Soldier

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am 13 years old, and I have a problem that I am too embarrassed to talk about with anyone at home or school.

My stepbrother is 19 years old, and he enlisted in the Army after he graduated from high school. I don't know why I feel this way, but I am scared to death that something bad is going to happen to him. Sometimes it keeps ...Read more

Respect for Time

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Dear Annie: I have a sister-in-law who always has spur-of-the-moment birthday parties for her children -- usually just giving us all one day's notice. They are active in school activities and sports. All of these activities have schedules planned weeks in advance, but my sister-in-law's excuse is that the parties have to be "squeezed in" when ...Read more

Unwanted Tunes

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I go to a small school, with only a handful of people in my graduating year. We've all known one another since kindergarten and first grade, and we all spend our time talking and interacting as a group.

Sometimes at the lunch table -- or when a conversation dies down and we're sitting in comfortable silence -- one of my friends, "...Read more

Romantic Gifts Early On

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Dear Annie: In the past, Valentine's Day usually made me anxious because I didn't have a date. This year, I'm nervous for the exact opposite reason. I've just started dating a great guy, "Jeff," and he just asked me to officially be his girlfriend -- a few weeks before Valentine's Day. We were talking about how we wouldn't be able to spend the...Read more

The Favorite Child

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Dear Annie: It has been over a year since my sister and I had a falling-out. She used to live with me but moved in with my mother. I have tried to reconcile with her to keep harmony within the family. I have been unsuccessful.

It appears that our mother has taken my sister's side in our disagreement and has treated me disrespectfully on many ...Read more

An Exit Strategy

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Dear Annie: I have been married to my husband for 34 years. He's been emotionally and verbally abusive for the whole 34.

He hit me a few times when we first got married (he was physically and verbally abused as a child), but he hasn't hit me since then. However, he's very bossy and controlling. I can't go visit anybody without his approval. ...Read more

Declining Relationship With Daughter

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Dear Annie: My ex-husband was emotionally, verbally and physically abusive, and he was a womanizer from the very beginning. So I divorced him in the 1980s; I then kept custody of our daughter.

All was good between my daughter and me for 10 years -- before my ex managed to work his way back into my life with his usual charm. I really thought ...Read more

Overlooked Friend

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Dear Annie: I am so upset I'm beside myself. Every time I think about it, I get so angry I could spit!

A neighbor and walking buddy of mine for many years, "Marie," died last year, and no one in our circle of friends knew about it. We knew she was in failing health with Alzheimer's disease, but no one knew she was as bad off as she must have ...Read more

Wanting More

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Dear Annie: I will very soon turn 68. I was with my ex-husband for 42 years before we divorced eight years ago. I dated several men in the first four years, but four years ago, I connected with a man I had dated in high school.

We spend three nights a week together and a little of the day after together. Very rarely do we vary from this ...Read more

Shocking Kiss

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Dear Annie: My husband and I went out with another couple for New Year's Eve, "Bob" and "Sheryl." Bob is a longtime friend and has been seeing Sheryl for the past year. Here's the issue: After the clock struck midnight and everyone was sharing well-wishes and kisses and hugs, Sheryl decided to put her tongue down my husband's throat and plant ...Read more

Bad Way to Break the News

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Dear Annie: I am in the process of getting a divorce after 38 years of marriage.

I'm wondering whether you could help me understand the way in which my husband "announced" he is having an affair. We went to a small-town festival, and he introduced me to a woman. I could tell there was something going on. Later that day, he said that yes, he ...Read more

Friend Grows Cold

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Dear Annie: My good friend Grace and I met Beth about two years ago at a summer camp. We all became fast friends and ended up spending the rest of the summer together. Beth moved away that November, but we continued to see her almost as much as we had before. Now we all attend different schools, and it has been hard. We managed to make it work...Read more

Dealing With Debilitating Grief

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am a 69-year-old man who, until now, only read your column periodically. Each time I read your advice to someone, I would say to myself, "Hmm, that's really good advice." I never ever thought that I would need to write to you. Well, now I am eating those words.

In late August, I lost the most important person in my life to ...Read more

Colder Relations

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Dear Annie: I have lived within a day's drive of my eldest sister for many years. Several years ago, as she was getting back on her feet after a divorce, I went to visit for Christmas. I had a great time. But after that, things seemed to get progressively tenser with each visit.

She started participating as a foster parent for infants and ...Read more

Bothersome Newcomer

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Dear Annie: I have been involved with a local nonprofit animal activist group for the past 12 years. About three years ago, we had a woman whom I will call "Susan" join our group. Right off the bat, Susan was causing drama and even called the police on a volunteer who changed the password on our adoption site without telling anyone.

My gut ...Read more

Sick of the Negativity

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I'm writing to you regarding one of my best friends, "Melanie." Melanie and I are both in our late 20s. We met in college and bonded over our senses of humor and our preference for staying in and watching a movie over going out to frat parties. She's been there for me during some hard times. She's one person I can rely on to always...Read more


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