Life Advice



Making the Ordinary Extraordinary

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: Just adding my opinion about coping in these difficult times. I don't want to be identified, even by the area of the country I live in, because millions in our country are doing the same things to endure and triumph over our present hardships.

My husband has been suffering from cancer for the past four years, and we have come to ...Read more

Tell Us Something Good

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: You asked us to send you positive stories in the midst of the pandemic.

I work at a newspaper in Findlay, Ohio. Over the past four weeks, I have been writing "positive" stories about how people are responding.

I wrote about a man who owns a local coffee shop. He wanted to do something for children who would not be getting a meal ...Read more

Don't Forget These Heroes

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My parents originally made me executor of their trust. My brother, who is now 59, caused them nothing but heartache and trouble. He was fired from three jobs that I know of, and he was given a dishonorable military discharge. He has never been close to my two sisters or other brother.

My husband died, and my parents both had ...Read more

Puppy (and Kitty) Love

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I have a problem. I am 13 years old and am now getting homeschooled because of COVID-19. I have video calls with my teachers and lots of homework afterward.

We have three pets -- two dogs and one cat. The problem is that I do not know how to give them all the same amount of affection. It is challenging when I am doing work and one...Read more

Toxic Celebrity Worship

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am so tired of fake people on the internet. Every day we see countless stories about the latest gossip on certain celebrities and athletes. Is it necessary that we have to know about everything they say and do, who their latest "soul mate" is, the expensive things they give their kids, who broke up with whom, where they ate out, ...Read more

Finding Beauty in the Ugly Part of Aging

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I was very close to my grandmother, and when she died, I felt guilty at times, thinking that I might have been sharp with her. She had always been like a mother, and a friend. I guess I was mad that she was getting older. She never got bad enough that we couldn't have a coherent conversation about how she felt.

She would ask me to...Read more

Modeling Jealousy or Gratitude?

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: Here comes another summer, and I always enjoy taking my children to a local amusement park. It is a nice park, but can you tell me how to explain to my children why we have to wait in line for, let's say, 30 minutes or more to get on a ride, and then they witness others coming up in a separate line and getting right on? It is ...Read more

Dousing Old Flames

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: In 1966, "Linda" and I met at church one night. I was "head over heels" in love with her immediately, and I believed then that she was, too. We were in our early 20s. I was in officer candidate school at the time. I gave her an engagement ring after we dated for a few months. I thought all was well. But a month or so later, she ...Read more

Never 'Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda' Yourself

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I don't think your reader should regret, after 49 years, not going to the private college he wanted to attend.

I applied to two private universities after graduating near the top of my class, with volunteer experience and having participated in the many programs offered by my high school. I specifically applied to one college ...Read more

Wanting a Break from the Front Lines

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: Due to COVID-19 and the economic downturn, I was recently laid off and am getting unemployment. My wife, meanwhile, is a health care worker who still has to work with COVID-19 positive patients. She is ticked off at me, and everything else, and would like some time off. Please help. -- Husband at Home

Dear Husband: First, a huge ...Read more

Let Her Go

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I have been with this woman, "Sue," for close to a year now. Lately, things haven't been the greatest because I feel she is acting like a teenager. She thinks every free moment should be spent with her, and if I don't, she gets mad. She will text me throughout the day and send, on average, 10 texts that say, "I LOVE YOU." If I don'...Read more

A Different Love Language

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am a widow. I have three adult children, two daughters and one son. I am fortunate that my son, "Ryan," and one of my daughters, "Melissa," both live in the same city as me. But I'm writing because I have an ongoing situation with Melissa.

I have severe arthritis, and while I am able to take care of myself, there are times when ...Read more

Sewing Is for Life, Not Just for Girls

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I was wondering how the man with a short fuse was functioning in the work situation. I had a friend years ago who had anger issues that caused disastrous results in his family, professional life and social life. His license was revoked, and he was ordered to get help, which he did as an inpatient in a psychiatric facility. He was ...Read more

Not Wanting Daughter Around Toxic Household

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I know of a situation that I think needs to be addressed but I'm not sure how. My 15-year-old daughter has a friend, "Dawn." Dawn's mom, "Lucy," married a widow, "Reba," two years ago. Reba sold her home and bought a house with Lucy at Lucy's suggestion. Reba is probably in her early to mid-60s; Lucy is much younger.

Lucy talks to...Read more

Avoiding Scammers

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: As a public service, please make your readers aware of the grandparents phone scam. My elderly parents were victims of this scam. Someone called them claiming to be a narcotics detective and told them their grandchild had been arrested and they needed to send bail money in order to have her released from jail.

He said they must ...Read more

Blind to Accomplishment

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am a 67-year-old male. I married for the first time when I was 34. All my friends had gotten married, and my wife-to-be was studying to be a doctor, and I knew that would make people look up to me. I came from a well-to-do family but had not achieved anything on my own. Also, I did not believe I could support a family, so it ...Read more

Readers, Please Take Care of Yourselves

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Readers: During these harrowing times, it's more important than ever to take care of yourself. In light of that, I'd like to share some tips for keeping your immune system performing at its highest capacity.

--Exercise, however you can. Exercise has been shown to improve immune system functioning.

--Eat your vegetables (and fruits and ...Read more

No Need to Rush This

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am recently divorced with two young children. As soon as my divorce was finalized, I initiated a date with someone I'd known for years. We're still dating nine months later.

He is not really my type, but I asked him out because he makes me feel safe. He has been divorced for five years and is ready for a serious relationship. He...Read more

Be Safe; Get Tested

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: In a future column, please stress that when someone is cheating (or being cheated on), they should be tested, along with everyone else involved -- and the sooner the better. -- JP

Dear JP: Great advice. I hope this isn't a lesson that you had to learn the hard way. Being cheated on is bad enough.

Readers can visit gettested.cdc....Read more

Ditch the Victim Mentality

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: Good for Also Slender 50 Years Later. How nice that she has retired in Florida and has access to a pool. She is among those whose financial well-being allows them to swim a mile daily and maintain their appearance in ways that many others cannot.

This reminds me of the celebrities who give birth to twins and 90 days later are back...Read more


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