Dear Annie: My cousin "Jake" married our mutual friend "Barb" over 20 years ago. He cheated on her often during the first 10 years of their marriage. I knew, and so did a few other people in the family. But I couldn't tell her because I would have been ostracized from my family members for, in their eyes, going behind Jake's back.
Jake and ...Read more
Dear Annie: I am from Northern California. I went to college back east and worked in New York for three years after school. My wife and I met in Manhattan.
About four months after we started dating, I got into a prestigious law school in Northern California, which made the future of the relationship come to the forefront: Fish or cut bait?
Dear Annie: My girlfriend, "Lenna," and I have been together for about 2 1/2 years. She and her 30-year-old son, "Josh," moved in with me about a year and a half ago.
Josh has been nothing but a liar and a thief for most of his life, to the point that Lenna has told me to keep an eye on her purse while she is in the shower. Then, about a week...Read more
Dear Annie: I have three dogs. I love them and treat them well. In turn, I expect and receive good behavior. I have worked very hard to train my dogs on proper behavior in the house. They are very well-mannered. I keep them groomed, so even shedding is not much of a problem. I wish people wouldn't assume that just because I have dogs, it's ...Read more
Dear Annie: My daughter, an eighth-grader, had always enjoyed going to school until recently. She has many friends and has always received straight A's. My wife and I have heard from some of her friends' parents that she is being bullied by two of the popular girls, both online and with gossip behind her back. We have no evidence of the online...Read more
Dear Annie: My husband and I have had a cat for two years, and it is amazing how close we are to that little furry animal. He is a Persian longhair and full of love. He purrs whenever he is held or sits in your lap. Also, we just adopted a Great Pyrenees dog. We did not know much about this breed but are pleasantly surprised at how gentle she ...Read more
Dear Annie: I have three childhood friends who also still live in the area where we grew up, and we get together for lunch or dinner every month or two. The most recent time we got together, one of my friends talked about being on a low-carb diet and losing a lot of weight. I personally started exercising at a young age and have been working ...Read more
Dear Annie: Your help is needed to resolve a family problem. One of my granddaughters, "Mackenzie," called to say she is getting married in a few weeks. This will be a small wedding, as she and her fiance do not have a lot of money. Only 45 guests are invited. Now the problem: Mackenzie is not inviting my son and daughter-in-law, as they do ...Read more
The Empty PulpitSandra Arrants
Fourteen year old Sherman Thompson has stumbled upon the body of his pastor. Laid out, dead, on the front lawn of the parsonage, Reverend Archibald Temple had a voice of thunder that has been rendered silent forever. Sherman and his sister Grace are determined to find out who killed him and ...
Dear Annie: I am a 13-year-old boy in Kentucky, and my friend told me about you and said you could probably help me.
My mom and dad had a bad marriage and divorced when I was 8 years old. They got into a lot of fights, and my dad could get really hateful and mean.
I have visitation with him, but I only see him when he has time for me. He ...Read more
Dear Annie: My girlfriend, "Lucy," and I started dating three years ago, during our senior year of college. After graduating, we both got jobs in the same city where we had gone to school, and we ended up moving in together to save money. Living together was surprisingly easy, as we're both pretty low-maintenance people. Anyway, Lucy is a good ...Read more
Dear Annie: I use Facebook to keep up with relatives and friends, but I hardly post anything -- especially not pictures of myself. I am attractive enough, but I'm not photogenic. These days, I find myself having to discreetly ask people at parties and events not to take pictures with me in them. I will be going to a college reunion soon. I don...Read more
Dear Annie: A close friend, "Jenna," has a mental illness: She hoards. Her house would be condemned if the health administration were to go there.
I can start tracing this behavior back to when she first became a mother and discovered that raising children requires more than just buying them new clothes and getting pictures taken. She worked ...Read more
Dear Annie: I love reading your column so much that I have decided to ask your opinion on a sensitive issue. I recently found out that I am expecting, which is exciting news! However, we have run into a situation with my mother-in-law, as she is a smoker. My husband has mentioned to her several times about quitting smoking and has gone as far ...Read more
Dear Annie: My daughter is single and raising two sons. Her husband died in an automobile accident four years ago.
I am worried about the relationship between her sons, "Steven," 16, and "Frederick," 10. I think they are too close and too affectionate with each other. Steven is very protective of Frederick, and Frederick worships his big ...Read more
Dear Annie: My son and his wife have been married for 11 years, and my daughter-in-law, age 31, has struggled with alcoholism, depression and anxiety for the past six years. She's also attempted suicide a few times in the past three years. She is under the care of a psychiatrist. But who knows whether she is telling him the truth? She also is ...Read more
Dear Annie: I met my boyfriend, "Tyler," almost six years ago. For the past two years, I've been wondering whether he truly loves me. There is very little physical contact between us. We're intimate maybe once a year. If I try to touch him at night, he pulls away, even if my foot just brushes against his. He only kisses me and says he loves me...Read more
Dear Annie: I'm a woman in my 90s. My husband and I were married in 1949 when I was 21. He died in 2001. We have one son.
When it came time to pay for my husband's funeral, there wasn't any spare money at all. He'd had three $50,000 accident policies from his work, but I found out that all three policies had been cashed.
I didn't know, in ...Read more
Dear Annie: This is a problem I know my family will have pretty soon. My mother married my stepfather, "Skip," after my father died 19 years ago. My stepfather had eight children before they got married, so I have eight stepsiblings. My mom passed away a few years ago.
Three of Skip's sons won't speak to him or visit because he gave his ...Read more
Dear Annie: My wife and I have been together for 20 years and married for four. We have three kids. In the beginning of our relationship, it was bad -- and the bad all came from me. I cheated on her and hurt her. She stayed by my side, and that's when I realized that I have a wonderful woman. I got my act together and ended up marrying her.
Dear Annie: I need your advice. My very musically gifted high school senior appears to want to go to college and major in music performance. But he is refusing to visit colleges. He won't discuss why; he just gets very belligerent when the subject comes up and won't expand on any reasons. Should I let it be or make the contacts for him and ...Read more