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A Promiscuous Former Life

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been together since we were just out of high school. We've been married for 18 years, and we have three glorious children. We have a great relationship, but I recently discovered she was extremely promiscuous in high school and found out she slept with many of our friends, some of whom are still in our social ...Read more

Ask Amy: Family rift calls for a firm boundary

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I'm trying to learn how to set boundaries, but still be respectful and not resentful or hateful.

I recently had a huge rift with my mother concerning our family’s decision about whether our teenage child should attend in-person school. My husband, child and I made the decision together, and we are good with it.

My immediate family ...Read more

Friend's Constant Advice On All Things Begins To Grate

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have a friend from college I'm really close to, but they have begun an annoying habit I need help addressing. We live more than 1,000 miles apart, and over the past six months, I've noticed that my friend has been giving me unsolicited advice on daily tasks that don't concern them. At first it didn't bother me. Now it's happening ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Ready To Cry

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: I have been married to "Cole" for 18 months. Soon after the wedding, I became pregnant. Then Cole left the country on business for nearly five months. A few weeks before he came home, Cole confessed that he had slept with other women on this trip, and that he had a relationship with one of them. I tried to talk calmly about it, but ...Read more

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Is COVID-19 tearing marriages apart?

Life Advice / Dating Advice /

Early on in the pandemic, relationship and legal experts predicted divorces nationwide would skyrocket. With shelter-in-place orders, couples would no longer be able to outrun their issues, experts surmised.

Plus, a variety of factors would add to the pressure.

Stuck at home with home-schooling kids.

Stuck at home with college-age kids.

...Read more

Public Speaking Need Not Cause Anxiety

Life Advice / Sense & Sensitivity /

DEAR HARRIETTE: I have to deliver a speech tomorrow in front of 50 individuals. It is for my summer program's closing ceremony. Although public speaking is a fairly easy task to many, it's rather daunting to me. I get so scared I'll mess up or slur my words that I start to sweat. I'm even scared of forgetting what I have to say. Do you have any ...Read more

If I'd Wanted Your Opinion, I'd Have Asked

Life Advice / Miss Manners /

DEAR MISS MANNERS: It seems these days that people interject their opinions or input when not asked.

For instance, at work the other day, I asked a co-worker for input on a situation that had occurred. Another co-worker heard this interaction and immediately interjected their opinion on how they would have handled it.

If I wanted this person's...Read more

Ostracized Because of Sexual Orientation

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am a 15-year-old boy, and my family hates me because I am gay. For as long as I can remember, I've known I am attracted to other guys. My parents found out last year and became extremely angry with me. All I feel now is their hatred. They say I am a disgrace. Though they still take care of my needs -- food, clothes, shelter, etc. -...Read more

Ask Amy: Addiction is a family disease

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Information on drug addiction or substance abuse with various pills scattered over the page

Dear Amy: My husband’s daughter is addicted to drugs — namely, Fentanyl.

When she randomly contacts us, he allows her to play this game where it’s everyone’s fault but her own.

She recently committed a serious crime and instead of confronting ...Read more

Dad Encourages Teen To Drink Before Heading To College

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My parents have been divorced since I was little, but I still visit Dad often, especially now that I'm fully vaccinated. What's causing the problem is I am leaving for my first year of college. Dad has been offering me alcohol while I'm at his house. I would be lying if I said I have never accepted a drink when he offered one, mainly ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Desperate in New York

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: I am a 23-year-old woman and will admit that I am an extremely jealous and possessive person. I am constantly accusing my boyfriend of looking at other women and thinking of other women while we make love.

Just recently, I gave my boyfriend a gift certificate for a massage, but I wanted to be in the room, watching everything that ...Read more

Millennial Life: Demanding the Basics Is Not Radical

When my daughter was born, her lung collapsed. Our local hospital put her in the neonatal intensive care unit, but on the second day, the doctors recommended that we take her to the bigger city about 40 miles down the road that had "stronger machines."

As staff initiated the transfer to the other hospital, they asked if I wanted to follow ...Read more

Style Imitator

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: After going to college out of state and graduating a few years ago, I moved home with my parents so I could save money while attending graduate school. Recently, my mom has started to get on my last nerve. If I look good in an outfit, she goes out and buys the same thing. Though this has been happening since high school, it's been ...Read more

Ask Amy: Grandparents resent entitled child’s drama

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My husband and I have two granddaughters whom we cherish.

I am growing increasingly concerned with the behavior of their parents toward the youngest one.

“Camille” has always been the "drama queen.”

If she didn't get her way, she pitched a fit and her parents acquiesced.

As she got older, they catered to most every whim and ...Read more

Woman's Parents Continue To Host Unfaithful Ex

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I divorced my cheating husband, but my mother keeps inviting him over to her and Dad's house. Not only does she invite him, she's now inviting one of the women he cheated on me with! She tries to justify it by saying she isn't going to keep him out of our daughter's life. Our daughter lives with my parents -- but she's 23 years old. ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Feeling Used and Abused

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: My sister-in-law, "Ilene," works for the airlines and gets to fly for free. Consequently, she has been visiting us a lot. She stays with us (she doesn't ask), never rents a car (so we are burdened with entertaining and transporting her), and gives little notice (sometimes we learn about it the day before).

Ilene's father lives near ...Read more

Neighbor Won't Let In Woman Who Forgot Keys

Life Advice / Sense & Sensitivity /

DEAR HARRIETTE: The other day, I left my house in a rush and forgot the key to the main entrance of my apartment complex on the table. When I returned about an hour later, I spotted my neighbor, who I usually see outside while she's walking her dog. I politely asked her if she could open the gate for me since I left my keys inside. She looked at...Read more

Arguing Couple Should Stop Discussing Work

Life Advice / Miss Manners /

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I've been married nearly eight years to a man I dated for 11 years before we married. He's my best friend and I love him dearly, but we argue terribly all the time over small things relating to behavior, manners and protocols.

Specifically, my husband is in the process of trying to find another job, and he has asked me to ...Read more

How Do I Make It Right After Cheating on my Boyfriend?

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My boyfriend and I have been together for six years now. Two years ago, I cheated on him, and he found out shortly after when he looked at my phone and saw that I was texting the other guy. At the time, I panicked and said that my best friend, "Deb," had been using my phone. I then reached out to Deb and begged her to cover for me ...Read more

Ask Amy: ‘Something borrowed’ makes someone blue

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My friend “Jill” is getting married next week. This celebration had to be rescheduled multiple times, due to COVID.

I'm excited for her, but I got an update from her this morning that's made me very angry and hurt.

Jill sent me a picture from her final fitting (veil and all), where she was wearing a delicate string of pearls that...Read more