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Bad-Tempered Sister-in-Law

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I was close to all my brothers when we were growing up, especially because we had no extended family around. Our grandparents and aunts and uncles were quite a distance away. All of us really felt it, and the siblings always wanted spouses who could provide what we never had -- a close relationship with our family.

Recently, my ...Read more

Slowing Down

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am old, and I worry about falling. I have read advice to us old people on numerous websites on how to avoid falling. But one thing is missing: It is important not to hurry.

I have only anecdotal evidence, but I have observed that hurrying often leads to falling. One friend died after a fall rushing to answer the phone. My wife and...Read more

A New Beginning Up North

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: Please help me. I am in my mid-40s and have been with a man for seven and a half years. He has four children who I absolutely adore. His youngest is 12. We started dating when she turned 5. We have had them full time for the past seven years. I have gotten pregnant five times with this man. There were three miscarriages and two other...Read more

Unable to Buzz My Babysitter

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: We have a very close friend whose 16-year-old daughter, "Lily," babysits for us quite often.

There have been a couple of times, however, that Lily has not had her phone with her when she comes to babysit. I like to check in often with Lily to ensure things are going well with my kids, a 3- and 4-year-old. So when I couldn't get a ...Read more

Desperate to Decode This Dating Dilemma

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I've found myself in a dating maze and desperately need some advice. I've been dealing with some mixed signals from the person I'm dating; he's all about making plans and being super affectionate one day, then is distant and elusive the next. I'm getting whiplash. How do I make sense of this behavior without coming off as needy or ...Read more

Family Strains and Friend Flakes

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My husband and I are both in our second marriages, and we've been together nearly 27 years. I have no children. He has two grown sons. The younger one has lived with us since he was 11 years old. The older one was 17 when I moved in, and he decided to live with his mother instead of staying with us. Somehow, he resents both me and ...Read more

Love Letters and More for Valentine's Day

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Readers: Wishing you all a very Happy Valentine's Day. I hope it is filled with lots of love, laughter and joy. Below are some famous quotes about love.

"Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love." -- William Shakespeare

"If I should think of love / I'd think of you, ...Read more

Seeking Harmony in the Household

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I have been married for 23 years. This is the second marriage for both of us.

My wife has a couple of so-called friends who I have bad vibes about. In the first case, her friend "Carolyn" called my father a loser. I told her off, and when my wife questioned her, she denied it, and then my wife accused me of being a liar. She said ...Read more

Finding Voice at Family Gatherings

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: At holidays and other family get-togethers, my parents-in-law prefer that I speak only when spoken to. They host every holiday. I believe they see me as extremely opinionated, which makes me vulgar at worst and irritating at best, in their eyes. My father-in-law once explained that he would teach me how to refrain from speaking, as...Read more

Navigating Family Bonds With Care and Concern

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I just read your response to the letter regarding the lack of appreciation for a wedding gift. While I completely agree that the couple should have sent thank-you notes, an awful thought crossed my mind. We just had our wedding last year, and we sent out combination personalized thank-you/holiday greeting cards to our friends and ...Read more

Depressed and Desiring Love

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I've been in a nursing home since I was 60. I would love to find someone to fall in love with, but I have a problem socializing. I can't wrap my head around the fact that I'm in a nursing home. I'm depressed and see myself not having much time to live with my several health issues. I can't walk and I'm wheelchair-bound. I've tried ...Read more

Unsettled by Friend's Mid-Divorce Behavior

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: For three years, my husband and I got really close with another couple. But in the last year, our friend's marriage hit a rough patch. She's been acting different -- bragging, being arrogant and talking a lot about meeting other guys.

Now she's going through a divorce, and every time we talk, it's all about the men she's meeting ...Read more

Other Solutions to a Potential Stalker

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Readers: A number of you wrote in in response to "Tired of Being Scared at Work and at Home," about the 26-year-old woman who was struggling with how to handle a co-worker she suspects of stalking her. Below are some of your helpful insights.

Dear Annie: Your answer to "Tired of Being Scared at Work and at Home" didn't address the ...Read more

Sisterly Strife

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My problem is twofold. My nine-year relationship with "Louis" is usually a joy. We are both 59 and have only ourselves to tend to daily.

We both contracted Covid during the holidays. It was rough, but we helped each other.

His sister is always the bearer of bad news. She exaggerates for effect. Their mother lives in the apartment...Read more

At a Crossroads in Retirement

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I have three kids and four bonus kids. They are all adults and living great lives. Most of them live in the same city as my husband and me.

We want to downsize and move to a quieter town, but I don't want to move far away from them. I like the connection of them coming for the holidays and birthdays or just stopping by. That will ...Read more

Coping With Unseen Challenges

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: When my parents divorced, they could barely stand to be in the same room with each other. This went on into my adulthood.

One day, several years ago, I called my father and asked him to remove a negative post on Facebook he had made about my mom. He had made a post calling her a liar, among other things. I told him it had been ...Read more

Keeping Politics out of My Friendships

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I just read the letter about a friend who talks about politics too much, and the writer said it was causing them to question whether or not to end their friendship.

I had a similar situation some years back with a cousin. So I asked my aunt (not the cousin's mom) how she would handle it. That's when I learned her hard-and-fast ...Read more

Mother's Secret Still Weighs on Me

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: When I was 4 years old, my father went to work one day and my mother's "friend" came to visit us. We had a nice lunch; her friend showed me how he could make smoke rings with his cigarettes and could pull a quarter out of my ear. He bounced me on his knee and was so much fun. My father was 20 years older than my mother and never ...Read more

Staying Healthy and Saving Time

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I'm knee-deep in a demanding job, and I absolutely love it. The problem is, I can tell my health is slipping. I'm not getting a lot of sleep, I rarely have time to hit the gym, and my meals usually consist of fast or frozen food due to time constraints. My body is starting to feel the consequences, and I want to feel good again ...Read more

When Family Dinners Are a Health Hazard

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I want everyone to keep their germs to themselves. I am carefully training my children to avoid any contact with dirty hands or saliva when handling communal food. Unfortunately, few people in my world share my view.

My mother and mother-in-law routinely share their germs while preparing foods, such as eating off the stirring ...Read more

 

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