Friend's Struggle With Diabetes Causes Concern
DEAR ABBY: My best friend, who is 54, has had Type 1 diabetes since she was 9. She takes two insulin shots a day -- one in the morning and one in the evening. We live together, and at night her blood sugar drops pretty low. I can tell when it's happening because she becomes unresponsive. Twice she has had seizures that resulted in 911 calls.
I ...Read more
Annie's Mailbox: Troubled in High School
Dear Annie: I'm a junior in high school. I thought everything would happen this year -- the great friends, the boyfriend, etc. On all of the TV shows, the juniors are having boys over, getting drunk, going on dates, having sex and so much more. I know my life isn't a TV show, but I'm no different than last year.
I want a boyfriend. I want to ...Read more
Girlfriend Won't Stop Posting About Partner
DEAR HARRIETTE: I've been with my girlfriend for two years now, and things are great. But I am starting to get a little bit uncomfortable with how often she posts about me on social media. It's nice that she wants to share our moments, but the attention she's getting can be a bit too much. It doesn't help that I'm not even on social media, and ...Read more
Uninvited Guests Don't Make The Rules
DEAR MISS MANNERS: In our retirement, my husband and I purchased a large, beautiful home in a famous desert resort area. In addition to the rest of the house, we have three guest rooms that would make any five-star hotel proud, plus a private swimming pool surrounded by palm trees. You get the idea.
Naturally, our home has become a favorite ...Read more
Closer Than Ever but Farthest Apart
Dear Annie: I came across your column while searching for tips on how to deal with my marital situation. I don't know what else to do. My heart's broken. I feel depressed, like my whole world has come crashing down on me. I have been with my husband for eight years and married for almost two years now. Things were overall great until we moved ...Read more
Ask Amy: ‘Can you hear me now?’ YES!
Dear Amy: What words of advice would you have for addressing someone who is in a public place having a very public, loud, and personal phone conversation on their Bluetooth earbuds (or cellphones in general)?
I'm completely baffled as to why someone does this, but I see it all the time – in grocery stores, business offices – you name it.
Woman Struggles To Connect With Late Brother's Widow
DEAR ABBY: I am a 61-year-old never-married woman with no kids. Most of my life was spent caring for my aging parents, working on my education (I have a master's degree) and saving for my future. I am financially stable. I own my house free and clear, own my car and have very little credit card debt. I have a good job I enjoy, a circle of ...Read more
Annie's Mailbox: Lost Child
Dear Annie: I'm 18, and my parents recently went through a messy divorce. First my mom moved out. Then my dad moved out a month later because Mom didn't want him living in our house. She wanted to move back in.
I have an older sister and a younger brother. Mom tried to convince us that she missed being with us. But since she moved back in, she ...Read more
Friend Wants Woman To Raise Her Standards
DEAR HARRIETTE: I have a friend who has always had low standards for the men in her life. She goes out of her way to do everything for them and is consistently disappointed in the end because they don't even show a fraction of the same care she gives them. It's incredibly discouraging, and I don't know how to help her. Do you have any advice on ...Read more
New Colleague Doesn't Care For The Lunch Conversation
DEAR MISS MANNERS: My co-worker and I have a routine where we eat lunch together. We like to joke and talk during lunch. A new person started working here, and basically invited herself to lunch with us.
We didn't want to be rude, so we have allowed her to eat with us. However, she seems to get upset when we discuss our personal lives (nothing ...Read more
Sarcasm Starting to Cut Deep
Dear Annie: I have been married for almost 20 years. My husband used to be very jealous and controlling, but we have navigated through that, and he has gotten over these issues. However, his sarcasm is cutting me to the bone. He is very rude to everyone in public -- waiters, clerks, cashiers, etc. He embarrasses me so badly. He isn't rude to ...Read more
Ask Amy: Grief without flowers creates a void
Dear Amy: I just lost my first pregnancy to miscarriage about a week ago. This was particularly difficult because my husband and I had been trying for a while and really wanted to be parents.
In all my excitement, I had told everybody I was pregnant, so I then had to go back and let everybody know the bad news.
Everybody expressed their ...Read more
Woman's Living Arrangement Leaves Her Feeling Trapped
DEAR ABBY: I live with my longtime boyfriend, "George," and his 88-year-old father, "Frank." Frank is not your average 88-year-old. He does almost everything anyone in their 60s would do. However, he's used to us having dinner for him at the same time every night because he's very regimented about everything.
Frank gets everything taken care of...Read more
Annie's Mailbox: Sad Grandma
Dear Annie: My daughter just gave birth to our first grandson. The problem is, she and her husband plan to take the baby to his parents' house for babysitting, even though I offered. We both live nearby. I'd love to watch him at least one or two days a week.
I find my son-in-law to be arrogant and rather disrespectful. I get the impression that...Read more
Remote Employee's Move Causes Challenges
DEAR HARRIETTE: I am writing to ask for advice about how I should handle my employee moving out of the country while we remain a fully remote team. Obviously, she is allowed to work from anywhere she wants to, but scheduling has become a challenge because of the time difference. I'm struggling with finding ways to keep the team connected and ...Read more
I Was Right: Their Famous Friend Is A Jerk
DEAR MISS MANNERS: For years, our friends Cody and Nicole would often talk admirably about a high-profile person they knew. However, I found the descriptions of this man and his actions to be unethical and immoral (think Harvey Weinstein).
At the time, when I expressed my dismay, they treated me in a condescending manner, saying I didn't know ...Read more
Stand Up or Stay Silent?
Dear Annie: I am so upset. A long-distance relative is visiting my parents. For some reason, he has taken a shine to me, but he is cruel to my sibling. He constantly makes derogatory comments about him, saying he's big and making multiple comments about his size or weight. Sometimes it is obtuse, asking him, "Where are you going, to get more ...Read more
Ask Amy: Enabling robs adult son of growth
Dear Amy: My husband and I have always been hard workers.
We were never extravagant, but we believe we have led great lives.
We set aside money for our children to go to school – and we foot the whole bill. Our youngest graduated from college and moved to our second home.
He doesn't pay rent – or any other bills, for that matter.
His ...Read more
Sister-In-Law Miffed When She's Left Out Of Wedding
DEAR ABBY: My brother-in-law and his fiancee, "Shana," have been dating for five years. They have a beautiful son and have a date set for their wedding. I have been with my husband for four years, and married for about a year. We did not have a grand wedding celebration, just a simple city-hall ceremony accompanied by a dinner with immediate ...Read more
Annie's Mailbox: A Parent First
Dear Annie: I am 60 years old and have a cousin the same age. "Kevin's" conversations are sexist, racist, immature and extremely self-centered. He mocks people who recycle and told me helping others is "a waste of time." His takes on current events and politics sound like drunken barroom rants. I find myself walking away from him shell-shocked. ...Read more
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