Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for more than 40 years. During the first five years of our marriage, he confessed to several instances of infidelity. He begged for forgiveness. I forgave him.
Well, recently, I found out he was lying and never actually had slept with other women. He told me that he had been questioning my ...Read more
Dear Annie: I liked the advice you gave about not moving in with a partner too soon in a relationship, but my situation is quite the opposite. I have been with my boyfriend for 2 1/2 years (we are both in our late 20s), and it has recently come up that he would not consider marrying someone unless he has lived with the person for a minimum of ...Read more
Dear Annie: At age 50, thanks to loving support, I'm starting to stand up to my controlling mother. She is sweet to others but says hurtful things to me and complains about everything and everyone -- even friends and grandkids.
She never apologizes; any issue is someone else's fault, or she denies saying anything thoughtless. She voices "...Read more
Dear Annie: I am a 41-year-old happily married man with three beautiful children. I have created a problem that I have no idea how to resolve.
My youngest son, Jordan, is 15 years old. He is an amazing and compassionate young man who cares deeply for others. When he was 12, he befriended a fatherless boy in his class. "Ray" is a sweet, loving...Read more
Dear Annie: I recently was on a short flight. A young couple and their two children were seated behind me. One was 11 months old; the other was 2 years old. I am a mother of three and grandmother of six; I love kids and don't consider myself a grouch. However, I just like to sit quietly in my seat and read my book and do not really care to ...Read more
Dear Annie: While clearing out my desk and bookshelf for some late spring-cleaning, I came across a few business cards from folks I, at one time, thought I would definitely need or want to stay in contact with. But I haven't thought about them since their cards got lost in the shuffle. This got me thinking: How important or valuable are ...Read more
Dear Annie: I am a 13-year-old girl in Montreal. I go to a private high-tech school with nice friends and teachers. I have divorced parents and an elder brother, "Edward."
My mom and I spend quality time together pretty often. We go out and have fun, and she buys me things. The thing is that she does these nice things -- such as taking me for...Read more
Dear Annie: I am having issues with my sister, "Sharon." We are both in our early 50s and have always had a good relationship, but she and my husband, "Rick," haven't gotten along in the 26 years I've been married. I would describe their relationship as "tolerant" at best. Because of this, whenever she comes to town, I get together with her ...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: My friend "Brianna" and I recently got into a fight via text messaging. She was trying to plan a surprise girls trip for our friend's 30th birthday. She was texting a couple of other friends and me suggestions of places we might go, with links to vacation rentals. The places she was suggesting were out of my price range, though, ...Read more
Dear Annie: Three years ago, my former high school sweetheart and I had a one-night stand. We both live in different states, but I was visiting my family.
Although we didn't have intercourse, he seems to dwell on this night.
For example, when he knew that I was planning a visit the following year, he booked a hotel room. I never encouraged ...Read more
Dear Annie: My father-in-law and mother-in-law died a couple of years ago, months apart from each other. When it came to settling the estate, the will stated in clear and precise terms that everything was to be divided 50-50 between my sister-in-law, "Jackie," and my wife. We did as they requested.
A few months later, Jackie contacted my wife...Read more
Dear Annie: My husband and I are retired. We are in our 70s, and he is in poor health. He has cancer. But the problem I'm writing to you about is that he does not get visits or calls from his family on a regular basis unless he's in the hospital. They live in the same town as we do. When I was younger, my parents shamed me into visiting twice ...Read more
Dear Annie: Why do people think it is OK to say rude things to very thin people? Acquaintances and friends say such things to me all the time: "You are so skinny! You need to gain weight." Would they tell a heavy person that she needs to lose weight because she is so fat? I don't think so!
I have always had a problem keeping weight on, except...Read more
Dear Annie: I live in a very small Montana town with a very short summer season. My friends and neighbors and I have been inundated with summer guests who have made our town and homes their summer vacation destination. Every year, our own summers have been ruined because of this guest influx. This puts a great strain on us financially, as well...Read more
Dear Annie: I have been married for seven years. My husband has had not one but several affairs. And he didn't just have affairs; he had two kids born six weeks apart from two different women. I love my husband and am helping him raise these children, who are now 2 years old. I keep telling myself the kids are innocent and it's not their fault ...Read more
Dear Annie: How do you determine whether an associate is experiencing some memory loss, dementia or cognitive decline? With a close longtime friend, you can usually note a change from the person's normal functioning. But if you became friends with someone during the retirement years, you often don't know what someone's level of functioning or ...Read more
Dear Annie: I moved from the city to the country about 20 years ago, and now that my husband is deceased, I plan to return to an urban environment. I have spent many hours researching different locations, including using the internet and driving through neighborhoods, and I believe I've found a centrally located area that is upscale but ...Read more
Dear Annie: I am a 75-year-old woman in good health, and I've been married for 54 years. I have wonderful children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. My problem is that many lifelong friends and most of my family members don't seem to want to maintain a relationship with me. When I contact them, they seem glad to hear from me, but for the...Read more
Dear Annie: I would like your opinion on a recent incident that happened to me. I went to my son's house to go out to dinner with him and his family to celebrate his birthday. When I arrived, the only person there was my granddaughter. My son was meeting us at the restaurant, and my daughter-in-law, "Jean," had been called into work but ...Read more