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Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My husband and I have had some difficulty getting pregnant. I am 32 and feel the clock ticking as each day without my having a fertility doctor passes.

This entire process is completely embarrassing. I am ashamed I even have to go through this. I feel as though I am less of a woman.

We recently moved to a new city, and I don't ...Read more

Husband gives a hand -- and a beer -- to homeless friend

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: Over the last year, my husband has been watching out for an older homeless man, "Bill," that he sees around his office building each day.

My husband brings him a bag lunch almost every day, and has also given him bags of toiletries, winter supplies and the occasional sweater.

I've been fully supportive, and have helped to pack ...Read more

Search Begins For Recipes To Replace Lost Heirlooms

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Due to some unfortunate family circumstances, I was devastated to discover that nearly all of my boxes of cherished recipes had been destroyed. I'm now starting over from scratch to collect special recipes I can pass down to my children.

Most of my family members have died, so they can no longer be a resource for the traditional ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/16/2018

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: I have an 8-month-old puppy, and I take her to a local dog park so she can run off leash and play with the other dogs, which she loves. In the three months I have been taking her, "Phoebe" has never been attacked or fought with another dog. That was until last night, when Phoebe approached another dog that was on a leash and that ...Read more

Pressure from sons to move closer is breaking this grandmother's heart

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Hi, Carolyn:

My husband and I, 68 and 61, were thrilled to become grandparents two years ago. We are enjoying our first years of carefully planned retirement in our home on the East Coast.

The problem is our sons, who live in two of the most expensive real estate markets on the West Coast, are constantly pressuring us to move closer to them...Read more

Um, Excuse You

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I'm a woman in my mid-20s. About a month ago, I started seeing "Vern." He was my first date through an online dating site, so I was nervous and then pleasantly surprised when he turned out to be charming, sincere, witty and just as good-looking in person. We share a lot of the same interests and even, it turns out, have some mutual...Read more

Siblings want to send artist to life-school

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My brother has worked as a freelance artist (with side gigs, such as teaching) his whole life. He is capable of working hard, and is talented, but due to distractions (volunteer work) and poor choices (he doesn't believe in agents, and refuses overly "commercial" work) he has never supported himself.

My parents have subsidized him, ...Read more

Mom Is Desperate To Stop Teen's Violent Outbursts

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a mother of two boys, 13 and 12. My oldest son has become very abusive, both physically and emotionally. He has been arrested for hitting me and hitting his little brother. He was recently kicked off the bus for hitting another student and has also been locked out of school.

I have tried therapy and medications for him, but he ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/15/2018

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: I am finally divorced. My ex and I have a minor child together. He has met my new partner, and they get along great while at our son's sporting events. I thought it would be healthy for our son to see us as friends.

I also thought it would be nice to meet my ex's new girlfriend since they've been a couple as long as I've been with...Read more

Husband's discomfort with confrontation doesn't bode well for his parenting

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

Thanks so much for your response [to my question in Monday's column]. Unfortunately, my husband won't be the one to [tell his parents to back off]; I've asked him to after I walked away from a conversation before, and he declined, saying he wouldn't be comfortable doing so. He's much, ...Read more

Not a Pro Bono Baby Sitter

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I'm a college sophomore. Recently, I baby-sat for a friend of a friend who is a few years older and lives in town with her husband and two kids. One was an infant, and the other was a toddler. It was a relatively easy baby-sitting gig; the little one mostly just slept, and the older one, though a bit of a handful at times, was not ...Read more

Uncle wonders why family members are ghosting him

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I grew up with two siblings -- a brother and a sister. My brother, his wife and three children lived near our parents. My family and I (wife, two children) lived some distance away. We maintained contact through holiday cards and drop-by visits. Everything was cordial, if not particularly close. In hindsight, all direct interaction ...Read more

Teen With Older Boyfriend Keeps Dangerously Late Hours

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My daughter is 19 and lives with me. She is seeing a 26-year-old man who has a child with another woman he didn't marry.

When my daughter goes out with him, he keeps her out until 3:30 a.m. or later. He has done this twice that I know of. I had a conversation with him, and he assured me he would make sure she is home before midnight,...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/14/2018

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been happily married for 15 years and recently decided to try an open-marriage lifestyle. We are doing this with full honesty and respect for each other.

The main problem is that the dating success is not equal. I found it easier to get a date. Whereas, my husband is having a tremendous degree of difficulty. ...Read more

Mother-in-law won't stop asking, 'When are you going to get pregnant?'

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

Hello! Any suggestions for avoiding the ever-fun "When are you going to get pregnant?" questions? Husband and I are actually trying, haven't been as successful as quickly as we'd like, and had some hard times -- a really really really early miscarriage, not even comparable to many women...Read more

An Ivory Gift

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: Twenty-five years ago, my husband and I honeymooned in Kenya. While there, we both fell in love with elephants. We discovered that they are one of the most intelligent and kindest animals around. While on safari, we witnessed a baby elephant crying. The entire family went over to comfort her. The elephants seemed to express a ...Read more

Hyper-competent professional bored in her job

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I am 35 years old. For the last 10 years, I've been working at the same company, gradually working my way up to senior management. I have a large, high-performing team, and we typically hit all of our department goals. We have a great reputation, and are seen as the team that "gets it done" every single time.

Here's the thing -- my ...Read more

Blocked by brother for continuing to include him on group texts

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Dear Carolyn:

A message from my brother: "'John,' you have tried to call me a few times, wondering why I don't answer. ... When you were sending those group messages to me and I politely asked you to stop, your comment was, 'I like to include you, why does it matter?' So I blocked your number. I hate those and you're not the only one that I...Read more

Bride Is Drowning In Details Of Planning A Beach Wedding

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My fiance and I are looking forward to being married soon. The problem is, he wants a traditional wedding with bridesmaids and groomsmen, and I prefer a wedding at the courthouse.

I'm not good at planning parties, and we have almost no budget to work with. We will be paying for all of this out of pocket. We have a venue booked on a ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/13/2018

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Readers: Happy Mother's Day. Please phone your mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, stepmother or foster mother and wish them the best. And our special good wishes to all the new mommies who are celebrating their very first Mother's Day. Also, please don't forget those for whom this day, for whatever reason, is filled with sadness. Give ...Read more