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This Is Our Humble Abode

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I'm hoping you can settle a little disagreement between my 16-year-old daughter and me. The two of us live together in a modest home, which I am proud of. It is nothing special, but I work hard to keep it neat and organized.

When we have company, I am very welcoming and ask our guests whether they would like to see our home, from ...Read more

Old friendship is hotbed of problems and advice

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I have lifelong buddy in his 50s. He had a few emotional/family/divorce issues a decade ago and he basically checked out of life. He stopped maintaining his home and business and let his health go. There were years of dysfunctional behavior, borderline hoarding, a bad diet, a disastrous relationship -- all of these things overwhelmed ...Read more

Wife Of Man With Parkinson's Wants To Start Dating Others

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 72-year-old married woman. My husband has atypical Parkinson's and can no longer talk or walk.

I exercise six days a week, but I need someone to talk to, to share life with. I tell my husband what I do each day, but of course, there is no feedback. He's at home, and we have 24-hour care.

Can I date? If I explained to him how I...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/7/2018

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: I'm a teenager, and my friend told me he's having suicidal thoughts. His dad is really hard on him, and I suspect he's verbally abusive, as well.

He made me promise never to tell anyone and said he wouldn't actually go through with these thoughts. But I don't know what to do. Would it ruin him if I told someone? And who would I ...Read more

Does dating a former friend's ex-husband violate a 'girlfriend code'?

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Dear Carolyn:

About 20 years ago, my husband and I befriended this other couple. We were all recently married then. We saw each other's kids grow up, and spent time staying at each other's homes on visits.

The husbands had a falling out seven years ago and we all stopped speaking. She particularly shunned me after their argument, which had ...Read more

Gift Guilt

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: It was a wonderful Christmas season. However, I'm finding myself more guilt-ridden than ever. Here's why:

My wife and I are "gifters." We like to think of all the people in our lives whom we can think of -- near, far, wherever they are -- and try to give them something. Most of the gifts are fairly nice. For people we don't know ...Read more

Husband is anguished over wife's long-ago assault

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My wife and I have been happily married for 26 years. We have raised two terrific daughters. I continue to struggle with an event that happened while we were still dating.

While at a business conference, my wife (girlfriend at the time) was sexually assaulted by a client.

She was concerned about the impact on her career, her ...Read more

Dad Of Twins Fears Wife Is Suffering From Depression

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My wife gave birth to our twin girls almost a year ago, and for the most part, things have been great. They are happy and healthy, but I'm not sure how happy my wife is. I'm afraid she may be suffering from postpartum depression, but she won't see anyone about it.

She's always putting the girls first and is stressed out because there...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/6/2018

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: I'm a mother in my mid-20s and a very concerned sister. My brother, "Dennis," is four years younger and the first to graduate high school. He went to college and had everything going for him. Now he is throwing it all away.

Dennis turned to drugs and has missed important moments in our lives, such as weddings and holidays. He only...Read more

Feeling like a political prisoner at the in-laws' house

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi Carolyn:

My husband and I have planned a vacation in a few months that includes spending several days with his parents. I love his parents. In the 10 years we've been together, they've been nothing but pleasant.

That is, until about two years ago when they both retired, giving them way too much ...Read more

Neighborhood Noise

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My neighbors aren't exactly the kind of people you could describe as -- how do I put this? -- quiet. And really, that isn't a problem. I've always loved the fact that my neighborhood is full of life. I actually like hearing the sounds of kids playing outside, a loud backyard barbecue, even television and music.

A new family moved ...Read more

Boyfriend wants to leave it in Vegas

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My boyfriend of two and a half years told me that he wants to have a "drunken one-night-stand" in Las Vegas.

What should I do?

-- Upset Girlfriend

Dear Upset: I'm assuming from your question that your boyfriend wants to have a drunken one-night-stand in Vegas with someone other than you.

The desire to have an encounter without ...Read more

Family Splinters In Response To Transgender Son-In-Law

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Our daughter, Joan, and her husband, Frank, have been married 19 years. Their only child will be 4 next month. A year and a half ago, Frank came out as a transgender female. Joan is handling this exceptionally well. Our son, Alex, is not.

Our family will never have the traditional holidays again because Alex doesn't want his ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/5/2018

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: After two months, I am still upset with my father-in-law. My two daughters recently married, and the weddings were six weeks apart. My in-laws gave us a nice sum of money to help us with the weddings. We were very grateful and told them so.

Right before the first wedding, my husband lost his job. In order to finish paying for the ...Read more

College jitters or cause for concern?

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

I have a young relative who's headed off to college soon, who is feeling more than the usual allotment of jitters. She's otherwise a confident, outgoing, smart, emotionally balanced young woman from a loving and secure home. Any suggestions for how to support her from a distance without...Read more

Unofficial Third Roommate

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: Recently, I moved into an apartment with my friend "Grace." Since we moved in, Grace's boyfriend, "Jesse," has been spending a lot of time at our place. He stores his groceries in our refrigerator, and they often shower in our (shared) bathroom together while I'm home. Last week, he brought a suitcase over, and he has spent every ...Read more

Landlord has become way too handy toward tenant

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My husband and I have been married for 40 years. He owns rental property, and last year a married woman moved into one of his houses. Her husband lives out of town and is expected to move here once he retires.

A few months ago, she and my husband began an affair. I don't believe it was sexual, but it was definitely emotional.

Once he...Read more

Grandparents won't visit newborn twins

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Hi, Carolyn:

My wife and I had twins this past summer, and most of our family has cycled through and visited them. All, that is, except for her parents. We've received excuses like he had a surgery and can't travel (outpatient surgery in May), it's too expensive (we've offered to pay), and it's just too cold to travel now.

Talking to my ...Read more

Woman Freed From Cooking Is Not Eager To Dive Back In

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 64-year-old woman, divorced for 27 years. A nice guy I'll call Ronnie has taken me out to lunch and dinner several times. He really likes me and I really like him, but I'm skeptical about getting into a serious relationship because I don't feel like doing a lot of the wife duties anymore, such as cooking.

I know this may sound ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/4/2018

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: I have been with "John" for more than 10 years. We have children together. I have reached the point in my life that I wish to be married. I never wanted to be a girlfriend forever, and he knew this from the beginning.

John says stupid things like, "If you did such-and-such, then I'd marry you." I don't believe marriage is about ...Read more


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