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Still Wanting to Kick It

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: They say that you'll never forget your first love and that forbidden love excites the most desire, and lately I've been thinking nonstop about my first love. I'm not talking about a man. I'm talking about soccer! At 6 years old, I learned what it feels like to be completely free, present and powerful when I stepped on the field and...Read more

Dueling Cleaning Methods

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: Please settle an argument that has been raging in my household -- more specifically, my kitchen -- for years. My husband, "Steve," will use the same sponge to clean dishes, wipe counters, scrub floors and even wash the car. Who knows how many times axle grease residue has been left on my plates? Daily, I microwave our sponges or ...Read more

Cleaning Up Son's Messes

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: A while ago, my husband and I co-signed a car loan for my son. At the time, he was very financially stable. After about 2 1/2 years into the loan, we started getting late notices, as he was in financial difficulty. He ran into a situation with his job and was brought up on charges with the law. The car was eventually totaled, but I...Read more

Inheritance Causes Family Rift

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: When my dad passed away several years ago, he left a certificate of deposit to me. When it matured, I went to the bank with my mom because she had a CD that matured at the same time. The CD that Dad left me was a payable-on-death CD, with me as the only beneficiary, and my dad was the individual owner of the CD.

About a year later...Read more

The Mommy Burden

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My boyfriend and I are starting to get serious, and everything is going smoothly except for one constant bump in the road: his mother. His dad is out of the picture. She is single, and he is an only child and lives at home. She desperately wants him to be a mama's boy, but he never has been and never will be, which frustrates her. ...Read more

Coed Sleepovers, Revisited

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Readers: I recently published a letter from "Not Comfortable," who is helping to raise her three granddaughters. She stated that coed sleepovers seem to be the norm for children in her town, and she wondered what reader consensus is on that topic. I was delighted to hear from people of all ages on all sides of the issue. Here's but a ...Read more

Guest With a Gross Habit

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My middle-aged confirmed bachelor brother-in-law is a frequent and welcome dinner guest at our house. Lately, when no one is here but his brother and me, he's begun cleaning his plate with his finger and then licking his finger. Sometimes he just licks his plate.

He is a dear. He's also sensitive and easily hurt. I'm reluctant to ...Read more

Is It Just a Game?

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My wife is borderline addicted to "Words With Friends" (an app game similar to Scrabble), and it's causing me concern, in addition to creating some strife within our marriage. It would be one thing if she were only playing with other female players, but she also has an ongoing game with a former male classmate, which I consider to ...Read more

Outdated Tradition?

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am a baby boomer and appreciate the 20th-century tradition of "rising to the occasion" and taking in meals if a family member is ill or if there has been a death in the family. It is a kind and thoughtful gesture. I am in a club, and one member's husband was diagnosed with cancer two years ago. At that time, our president ...Read more

I've Gotta Take That

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I have an old and close friend I've known for 50 years. We live far apart, and the only way to talk is by telephone.

Over the past several years, my friend has started to suddenly interrupt our calls when there is a click on the line signaling another call. He will announce midsentence that he has another call coming in that he ...Read more

Changing Diet Changes Relationship

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: Last weekend, I got a text from my dad that said: "I'm going vegan LOL." (Yes, he says "LOL." He's hip like that.) I laughed and brushed it aside, but during dinner last night, he and my stepmom told me they are serious about it. It definitely took me by surprise, but I was supportive and excited about the idea, so much so that I ...Read more

Somebody's Watching

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I have a loving daughter, and I respect her husband greatly. I have visited from across the country countless times. I am 84, and they have two grown children. Everyone is happy when we are together. The only issue as far as I'm concerned is that the hubby, although generous and kind, is overly domineering, bordering on being a ...Read more

A Man's Loss Touches Readers

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am asking you to reprint your column with the letter from "Neil," who lost his wife to cancer and was having a difficult time coping with his grief. I am giving my copy to my brother-in-law, as he lost his wife, my sister, to glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer, Nov. 1. Now I would like to have another copy. -- Kansas Karol

...Read more

The Other Grandma

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I know this is short notice, seeing as my question is about Christmas, but I'm hoping that you can publish an answer. I'm quite sure there are others in my shoes.

I have a 9-year-old grandson, "Bradley." He has been in and out of our lives, mainly because of the fact that his mother, "Jill," and my son, "Andrew," are not married ...Read more

Victim of Family Gossipers

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My husband has a large family. For the past 20 years, we have attended all the family gatherings. A few months ago, we found out my husband's two brothers and their wives have been gossiping about me.

We saw the conversations by accident. Apparently, these two couples get together quite often, and it seems I'm the main topic of ...Read more

A Thief in the Family?

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My wife and I have always enjoyed hosting events for our family over the years. This past July, for a second time, we hosted a cousins reunion, which brought approximately 40 guests to our home. Our home is not huge, so everyone had access to all parts of it. The children ran and played throughout our home, and the adults were ...Read more

I'm Not Looking at You

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I was told recently by a neighbor that the neighbors next door to me call me Mrs. Kravitz, a reference to the nosy neighbor on "Bewitched." I am bewildered and hurt.

My kitchen window is in view of their back door, and when I'm washing dishes or cleaning up the area, they can see me; I can't see them. Now I bend down so if they ...Read more

Husband Looking at Porn and More

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for 22 years, and to my knowledge, he has always been committed to me and our family. However, recently he upgraded to a new phone, and I have found he is continually exploring porn and pictures of nude women. I know that all guys look at this from time to time, but now he carries around this mini...Read more

Enabling a Self-Destructive Son

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My stepson, "Dale," lives off benefits from the government and his father -- my sweet, loving husband, who is in his 70s. Dale has not worked for five years, and his dad bails him out of every scrape and crisis he gets himself into. Dale has been fired from every job he has ever had. He has spent time in rehab. He lies, steals, is ...Read more

Tardy to the Party

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I have a friend who is always late. Lunch, dinner, concerts, movies -- I don't think I've ever gone to an outing with her when she hasn't shown up 10 or 15 minutes late. She's a lovely, caring person otherwise and a thoughtful friend, but I can't help but be put off by this seeming lack of consideration for other people's time, ...Read more


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