Life Advice



Aging Mother Causing Strife

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My family is dealing with an aging mother. Since my father died, she has moved often. Every place she moves to eventually has some issue, and she starts complaining. Soon she is driving me crazy about whatever it is. Even after the problem is solved, she'll find something else to focus on.

I have tried to get her interested in ...Read more

In Need of Impartial Assessment

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Dear Annie: My oldest sister has five grown children. Four live out of town, and one lives with his mother. My sister has never been able to stand up for herself very well. The out-of-town children have been trying to get her money. They have even somehow made the court send her a letter to appear for a 30-minute evaluation to see if she has ...Read more

Writing Down What's Hard to Say Aloud

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am trying to decide if I should print out the following letter and give it to my wife. What do you think?

Dear Leigh:

My goal here is not to blame or accuse or criticize. I just want to find a way to better communicate. Please don't get angry or frustrated or feel like I am trying to attack you because that is not the case.

...Read more

Just Best Friends for Now

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I recently ended a long-term friendship. I feel it was the right choice to make, and I don't regret the decision. However, I would like your opinion on whether my handling of the situation was appropriate.

Here's some background on this now-defunct friendship: "Tammy" and I connected on social media about three years ago. She is a...Read more

Family Trip Turned Free-for-All?

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Dear Annie: I've been dating my boyfriend for a little over 14 months. We knew each other 30 years ago, as we attended the same church. We never said anything but hello to each other. Fourteen months ago, we connected on Facebook, and a fairytale romance began. We were so in love and enjoyed spending time with each other.

For the past few ...Read more

Serial Interrupter

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Dear Annie: My husband constantly interrupts me. When I open a conversation with him, he immediately starts talking about his thoughts before I even have a chance to finish mine. When with a group of people, I will start to say something about an experience we may have had, and he immediately takes over the conversation.

I have talked to him ...Read more

How to Feel Less Powerless

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Readers: A great number of you wrote in and responded to "Feeling Powerless" with some wonderful suggestions to help. Below are a few. Thank you very much for your positive input.

Dear Feeling Powerless: I think there are many, many people feeling the same way, including myself. Here are some things I do to put positive feelings out into...Read more

Craving Closeness

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My husband and I met 20 years ago and had a passionate, whirlwind courtship. Two years after we were married, intimacy gradually became less and less frequent.

In a nutshell, my husband hid his physical issues from me, which were caused by a surgery that he had undergone as a kid. The surgery did damage to him, which worsened over...Read more

Gawking Issue

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am writing to you because I am desperate to find the answer to my problem, which is similar to other letters I have seen in your column.

I went through a divorce a year ago. My 68-year-old ex-husband loved gazing at young women whenever we went out in public. He always said he would never trade me for the world. But he loved the...Read more

Suicide Threats Must Be Taken Seriously

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My daughter goes to college full time and works full time, so she is very busy.

When she was in high school, she knew at least four people who committed suicide. She, of course, doesn't want it to happen again. She has a current friend who threatens it now often, maybe even nightly. The friend was recently committed to a facility ...Read more

I Have an Old Flame I Can't Put Out

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I'm writing in response to "Grieving and Not Prepared for a Confrontation" whose husband died before he could recoup a sum of money he lent to his brother; now, she needs that money and is looking to collect. Your wishy-washy advice to this widow on how to approach her brother-in-law Simon was like advising her to take a water ...Read more

My Best Friend Makes Me Feel Like Second Choice

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Dear Annie: When our sons married and left home, my husband and I decided to make sure our sons and their families would never have to choose who to visit on any holiday. We also wanted to make sure that we got to see all of our extended family members during the holidays. So, we announced that we would always have our holiday get togethers at...Read more

Boyfriend's Secret Friendship Has Me Wondering

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I've been seeing this guy since early December. He's perfect in every way, except he seems to be attached to this one woman, "Suzy," who he became good friends with due to unfortunate pasts connecting the two of them. Since the very beginning, he has always been honest with me about his platonic relationship with Suzy.

While I ...Read more

Birthday Gifts Have an Age Limit

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Dear Annie: This letter is in reference to the aunt and uncle who provided generous gifts to their six nephews, only to be forgotten when it came time for those same nephews to thank them.

I would suggest that they do what I have done with my 20 grandchildren: I'll give them birthday cards and gifts until age 18. At that time, I let them know...Read more

Can I Keep My Guy Friends?

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I have been dating my boyfriend for almost eight years. We were high school sweethearts, and we are each other's first everything, so we've only been with each other.

I've had a guy friend for about six years because we worked together. We've since stayed friends once we both left our jobs. I do hang out with him, but I always let...Read more

Facebook Misinformation Alienates Son

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I have two sons. My older one was always a source of difficulty growing up. He loved to read encyclopedias and science-related books. This led him to correct his teachers at times. Needless to say, this did not go well for him and made him an object of bullying in public school. I sent him to private school where they recognized ...Read more

Feelings First

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: Some years ago, I went to a nearby office supply shop, where I saw a local couple looking around. The woman, a local musician, had Alzheimer's, but she seemed to recognize me, so we began a conversation. I don't recall what it was about, but it was the silliest, most illogical and the most fun conversation I've ever had with anyone...Read more

Yearning for the Truth After All This Time

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I'm still bothered by memories that are over 20 years old. I mostly just want to know the truth of this situation. Here is the incredible and unlikely story that I have shared with no one.

My wife and I became good friends with a Catholic priest whom we both respected. We would occasionally invite him over for a meal at our house ...Read more

Paranoid Boyfriend Ignores My Boundaries

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Dear Annie: I recently reconnected with a man I was engaged to as a young girl. We broke up because of a misunderstanding. Now, decades later, we have reunited.

He is loving and kind most of the time. However, when he feels I have slighted him, he will tell me that he's breaking up with me because of some supposed slight that I have committed ...Read more



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