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Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I came to the United States back in the late 1980s. My husband at the time suddenly abandoned me and my two children. We entered a legal separation agreement in 1990 and eventually divorced in the early 2000s.

During this period, I supported myself and my two children without any child support or help from my ex-husband. I was not...Read more

Ready for Relationship

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am a 26-year-old gay man who has recently entered a new relationship after being single for nearly four years. I'd kept my distance from dating until I was positive I found a man who was looking for the same kind of life I have been looking for -- a life of commitment and honesty so we could build a future together. I have been ...Read more

Shifting Attitude on Gratitude

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I'm in my late 30s. I've read the many letters you've printed about how thank-you notes have gone the way of the dodo. I have a different angle on this complaint.

Let me preface this by saying that I am not perfect in this realm. It took my wife and me forever to get around to sending thank-you notes after our wedding, and I think...Read more

Concerned About Odors

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My mother is in her 80s, and I love her very much. At her age, she has earned certain privileges. And I understand we all have our little quirks that might annoy others.

The problem is my mom doesn't wear clean clothes. It started out that she would wear a certain outfit a couple of times before washing. Now, however, every outfit...Read more

Poisoning Morale

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am trying to handle a delicate situation at the office. A man I work with has very poor hygiene and is an all-around slob. The guy has no respect for anyone, including himself. He often comes to work without combing his hair, and many times he smells as though he hasn't showered in days. He has some other unclean habits at the ...Read more

Shot or Not

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My wife is pregnant with our first child. She's due in a few weeks and recently asked me to get a vaccine for whooping cough (Tdap). I got the vaccine.

However, now she is talking about everyone who will be around the baby getting the vaccine, including my parents. I can just imagine me telling (not asking) my mom to get a ...Read more

The Push and Pull of Friendship

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: "Susie" and I are long-term friends. We've known each other for 40 years. My husband and I moved to another state a few years ago, and Susie subsequently followed me. I introduced Susie and her husband to another friend of mine, "Linda," and Linda's husband. We enjoyed many good times together, the six of us.

As time went on, ...Read more

Another Kind of Addiction

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: As hard as it is for me to talk about this, my problem is that I suffer from addiction. I envy alcoholics, drug addicts and smokers because they have access to medications to help them stop. But that is not the case for me. I have a sexual addiction and have struggled with pornography addiction. I called a couple of agencies in the...Read more

A Resource Down the Drain

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My roommate has an annoying habit. Every time he uses the bathroom, he keeps the water running. We live in a drought-ridden area, and I don't want to think about the amount of water he wastes each day. We've lived together successfully for just over a year now, without any real fights. I don't want to make a big deal out of this, ...Read more

Say What?

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: Frustration is interrupting my sleep, upsetting my stomach and leaving me on the edge of tears or screaming. My husband of many years has had a hearing problem for years, but he won't do anything about it. I have tried all manner of things to get him to go to an audiologist for assessment, including telling him I'll go, too (even ...Read more

Retirement to Bring New Headaches

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: After working my whole life, I am retiring in a couple of weeks. I've been looking forward to some downtime, sleeping in, time for myself and time to do the things I want to do, but a problem has appeared.

My husband wants me to take care of his 97-year-old semi-invalid father, who expects a full cooked breakfast every morning at ...Read more

Be Happy for Your Mom

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: Why can't children of widowed parents be happy when their surviving parent finds a new companion? As a recently divorced senior citizen, I have re-entered the dating scene. I have dated a couple of widows whose children (in their 30s and 40s) have proved to be a real challenge. These ladies have been widowed for three to 10-plus ...Read more

On the Other Side of the Bars

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I'm a pretrial detainee, and I've been in jail waiting for my day in court for going on three years now. My wife has been patiently awaiting my return. She has been so supportive and has persevered through this trying time with courage and strength. My dilemma is that I'm worried that she is growing weary but is too proud to admit ...Read more

Passionate Kiss With an Old Friend

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My wife, "Andrea," bumped into an old friend, "Gary," at our tennis club's New Year's Eve party. They were friends in high school, but he moved out of the area for college and didn't move back until recently. (His parents have both fallen ill, and he and his wife are taking care of them.) At the New Year's Eve party, Gary and my ...Read more

Daughter With a Nasty Habit

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I have a beautiful daughter in her mid-20s. She is attractive, bright, friendly and hardworking. She has so much going for her. She does have a peculiar bad habit: She picks her nose in public. It's not just a quick pick when no one is looking. This is a thorough deep cleaning without a tissue.

I have tried to talk to her about ...Read more

Dating With Autism

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am a 36-year-old man living with my father. I also have autism, and because of this, I have had difficulty in dating women.

For a few years, I was on the dating website called I Love Your Accent (I had been on 10 other sites prior to that), which matches American and British singles, but nothing happened.

Then, last fall, I ...Read more

Gratitude Lacking

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: There are three sisters in my family. Two of us are childless. Our other sister now has seven grandchildren. Every Christmas and birthday, my other childless sister and I send a check to each grandniece and grandnephew. We never expect any gifts in return, but it would be nice to receive a text message or an email acknowledging our...Read more

The Other Women

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am an attractive and well-educated divorced woman. Recently, a man whom I dated several years ago contacted me. We are both 70. Our reunion was great. We have been getting along very well and communicating daily ever since. We live across the country from each other. He invited me to his home, where I was his guest for three ...Read more

Wedding Invitation Snub

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My youngest daughter, "Marta," is beautiful and caring but intellectually challenged. I have always encouraged all my kids to do what makes them happy, and she is no different. A couple of years ago, she met a wonderful man through mutual friends, "Brian." After dating for almost a year, they married last fall. We could not ask for...Read more

Lack of Long-Distance Trust

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: About six months ago, my boyfriend, "Jordan," relocated to another state for work. We've talked about my eventually moving there, too, so we could be together, but we've held off making firm plans. He says he needs more time to settle in to life there. He also says he wants to be positive he sees himself at this job long term ...Read more


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