Dear Annie: This concerns unwanted reactions by others to my husband's and my medical problems. My husband has balance and coordination problems, for which we have been seeking answers for years. He sometimes stumbles or falls. I have experienced a degeneration in tendons of both hands and have been through surgery seven times. I'm wearing a ...Read more
Dear Annie: About a month ago, a truck with an attached trailer lost control while on the highway and smashed into my sedan. Luckily, everyone was OK. However, my car is currently in the shop for major repairs. I'm working through some fear of driving, and I didn't want to pay the insurance on a car I might not use, so I decided to forgo ...Read more
Dear Annie: I am in a predicament. My best friend is also my neighbor, and I don't know how to tell him I would prefer a call or text before he shows up in our house. It's a daily occurrence. Sometimes I don't even get into my house after work before he is here to hang out, chat, find out what we are having for dinner and just be here with us....Read more
Dear Annie: My good friend has a habit that makes it difficult for her fellow diners when she is out to eat. She frequently blows her nose at the table and places her dirty tissues in a pile on the table. If cloth napkins are being used, she has no problem blowing her nose in it. She has chronic bronchitis, so it is an ongoing problem.
She ...Read more
Dear Annie: Wedding season is upon us. I have been married for over 30 years, and I would like to share some wisdom and hard truths with any prospective brides or grooms.
The man or woman you are marrying will not change. Many things are hard-wired by the time we are in our late teens. To avoid a lifetime of regret and disappointment, please ...Read more
Dear Annie: I wrote this list after saying goodbye to my beloved dog, Capra, and thought you might share it with readers.
10 Things My Dog Taught Me
10) There is great beauty in the quiet stillness. Let it envelop you.
9) Sniff it. Touch it. Feel it. Taste it. Hear it. Engage all your senses in the world around you.
8) Plunge in. You can ...Read more
Dear Annie: A few years ago, one of my sons needed funds for support during some difficult times. I explained that I would help but that I needed the funds to be returned. His spouse was checking other avenues to gather it.
It has now been over three years since the loan was given. In that time, they have purchased a second vehicle and even ...Read more
Dear Annie. My octogenarian parents recently visited my family for two weeks. They stayed in our house for the duration of their stay. My three sons are all preteens and were very excited to spend time with their grandparents. My husband and I are always a bit more anxious to have them stay. My parents were present and financially supportive ...Read more
Dear Annie: I'm a recent college graduate, and I just moved into my first real apartment (as in, not campus housing). I found my current roommate, "Stella," through a friend of a friend. She is very outgoing and laid-back. My problem is that I think she assumes everyone is as laid-back as she is. This mainly comes up regarding our food. Stella...Read more
Dear Annie: My husband and I have made the decision to refrain from having children. People are very nosy, always asking when we will have kids, as we have been married for six years and I am 32. When I tell them we have chosen not to have children, which I consider a decent response, I get negative feedback. Some say, "You know, you should ...Read more
Dear Annie: Last night, my husband and I had our date night at a local Italian restaurant. Sitting next to us were four high school girls eating dinner. All four of them were on their phones. It appeared to me that two were texting each other while the other two were looking at social media and commenting on other people. They didn't seem to ...Read more
Dear Annie: I am a healthy, strong teenager who goes to a great school. I have a roof over my head and food on the table, but there is one problem: I'm transgender, and my parents refuse to accept me. I came out to them about three years ago as gay, before I fully understood what was going on in my head. They told me how strongly they felt it ...Read more
Dear Annie: I'm very frustrated, and I would like your opinion, please.
My daughter-in-law doesn't seem to realize that some of the things she does really hurt me. I've always been there for my son and daughter-in-law. I try very hard to be a good mother-in-law. I never interfere. I never show up without calling, and I hardly ever ask them ...Read more
Dear Annie: My 30th birthday is just around the corner, and it's bothering me more than I'd like to admit. I know that right about now, people older than I am are probably reading this and feeling insulted and/or rolling their eyes. I don't mean any offense. I've just never wanted to grow up. Even when I was a kid, birthdays bummed me out. (OK...Read more
Dear Annie: I work in health and wellness for the largest retailer in the world. I love my job, but there are so many things I don't understand.
Management is always on us about making money (which I understand), but no matter what we do, it is never enough. We reside in a depressed area and really do quite well for where we live.
With all ...Read more
Dear Annie: I read your column in my local paper, and you seem to respond in an unbiased manner, so I am turning to you for advice.
Over the past few months, I have received invitations to a 1-year-old's birthday party, a graduation and a wedding reception (not the wedding). In each case, the inviter was an acquaintance whom I know casually. I ...Read more
Dear Annie: I have a problem I do not know what to do about. As I am getting old, I terribly dislike having my picture taken -- especially when I am asked to pose. I get beet red from embarrassment and start feeling sick.
Last Sunday, my husband and I attended a religious ceremony for his granddaughter "Bridget" (my lovely step-granddaughter)...Read more
Dear Annie: I am a doctor and have a friend whom I see at medical conferences once or twice a year. We first met five years ago, and we get along great, especially because there was a time when we female doctors were rare. However, our friendship is very casual, and I don't really consider her a close friend. I just think of her as someone I ...Read more
Dear Annie: My family relocated the year I was entering ninth grade, and on the third day at my new school, as I was walking home, a girl I'll call Ann ran up to my side, introduced herself and insisted on carrying my books to my home, some three blocks away. The next morning, Ann and three other girls waited on the sidewalk outside my house ...Read more