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Annie's Mailbox: Better Off Without Mom

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: I have been with my husband for more than 25 years. During that period, he has cheated countless times, left me for other women and developed a crack habit. I have tried to stick it out because I believe marriage is for better or worse.

Right now is definitely "worse." He will not admit that he has a problem. He hangs out with some ...Read more

Introverted Roommate Needs Space To Decompress

Life Advice / Sense & Sensitivity /

DEAR HARRIETTE: I have a very talkative and outgoing roommate. I am a complete introvert, and social interaction can be very draining for me. Sometimes I do not want to be bothered at the end of a long day, but my roommate will still knock on my door and start casual conversations with me. I don't want to hurt her feelings, because I really like...Read more

Friend Plans Own Birthday Gift

Life Advice / Miss Manners /

DEAR MISS MANNERS: As a gift for a friend whose birthday is coming up, I have offered a complimentary stay at a condo I own in a beautiful, remote area. I could also watch her child during the trip, as our kids are the same age. Alternatively, the gift could be an outing on our boat.

Today, unprompted, she suggested I get her a facial at her ...Read more

Child Care Complications Causing Conflict

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am in my 40s and recently single again after 15 years of marriage. I ended my marriage due to domestic violence.

How much of my situation should I share with potential dates? I don't want to share too much too soon, but I am unsure if this is information I should share. The question of why my marriage ended will inevitably be ...Read more

Ask Amy: Lovebirds encounter a serious red light

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My husband and I were lovebirds in college. We had so much in common!

Unfortunately, an autoimmune disease hit him when he was in good shape and he lost most of the sensation in his body.

At the age of 37 he worked with an unusual paleo diet and conducted lots of internet research. He is now stronger and healthier than before the ...Read more

Hard-Hearted Mother-In-Law Has Worn Out Her Welcome

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: For more than 20 years, my mother-in-law has shown blatant favoritism toward my husband's younger brother. Several people, including her own mother and my father-in-law, have tried to discuss it with her, but she refuses. My husband has accepted that there is nothing he can do to change her behavior.

Abby, she has recently, on the ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Irrelevant Mommy

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: When I married my husband, I suddenly became a full-time stepmother to his three young children, all under age 5. Their mother would pop up when it was convenient for her. She rarely called on their birthdays and often left them waiting for scheduled visits. I raised those children, and they called me "Mommy."

Now, after 10 years, ...Read more

Millennial Life: How Happiness Slips Into Your Ambitions

When the teacher set the test in front of me and I saw the grade, I pulled the paper close to me and felt the heat grow in my face. It was second grade, and it may have been a math test, but it could have been a spelling test. The grade on the paper was my first C-plus.

I tore the paper up into little shreds and slunk over to the wastebasket to...Read more

Get Healthy Together

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been married for over 15 years. I have a high metabolism, while she is considered obese. But she wears it well. After having children via cesarean section, her stomach has no muscles left to hold it together.

To me, she is beautiful, inside and out. I feel that she struggles with her weight and body image but ...Read more

Ask Amy: A writer shares, but her reader refuses

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I am a self-supporting working woman.

Over the past decades, I've written personal essays for various publications. I don't make money at this; I wish I could!

I have a portfolio full of my work. Some pieces are humorous; some are serious.

I moved to a new town three years ago and made a new friend. She was going on a long car ride,...Read more

Favor For Friend Ends Up Destroying The Friendship

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: A few months ago, I offered to help a longtime friend with some landscaping. The area to be landscaped is tiny. I was concerned a professional landscaper would overcharge her. She contacted a landscaper anyway -- not to hire him, but to pick his brain.

When he arrived, it was obvious he didn't want the job, and she didn't offer it to...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Mom of a Mystery Daughter

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: My daughter will soon be 16. Her father and I were never married, and we had broken up by the time she was born. When my ex discovered I was pregnant, he threatened to take the baby away and never let me see her. So I left him when I was six months along. Due to some complications during delivery, my mother filled out the birth ...Read more

Neighbor Wants To Support Sick Woman

Life Advice / Sense & Sensitivity /

DEAR HARRIETTE: I learned that my neighbor is suffering from a terminal disease. She is very private. I was told by another neighbor who is close to her. I want to be able to support her during this tough time, but I'm not sure what to do since she hasn't told me of her condition directly. In the past we have spoken, but I have not visited her ...Read more

I Hate Being Rude To My Robot Assistant

Life Advice / Miss Manners /

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I have a voice-enabled speaker, and for the most part, it is a useful delight throughout the day. But I do have one gripe, to which I cannot find a resolution.

It used to be that when the timer alert went off, I could say "thank you" and hear some variant of "you're welcome" in return, and then the alert would stop. Now I ...Read more

Misery With No Company

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My husband took away all sex and everything that went with it 22 years ago. I hate my wasted life. I divorced him in 2019, but we share a house. Neither of us has kids or relatives close by, so we kind of take care of each other.

I'm at a point where I hate my situation. I basically live in my bedroom and come out only for food, ...Read more

Ask Amy: Loved dog leaves a legacy of guilt behind

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: The dog I had for over 10 years recently had to be euthanized.

I loved my dog, but being a pet owner often made me feel guilty. I often felt that I had to choose between being with our dog or being a good mother to my kids.

I realize that I was not ready to own a pet when I first got her. I made many blunders that I still regret to ...Read more

Childhood Sexual Abuse Puts Woman On A Difficult Path

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a widow in a new relationship. I was molested for years by an older sibling. When my behavior became troublesome -- skipping school, becoming antisocial -- I was sent to a reform school for several years. The sibling was sent into the army.

When I was released from the school, I drifted into worse relationships and into the sex ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Fed Up with Family

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: Adults are supposed to set a good example, but I literally can't go anywhere without seeing adults smoking. That is not surprising because in West Virginia alone, more than one in four adults smoke. It is no wonder that across the country more than 3,500 kids will try their first cigarette today.

Thankfully, states across the U.S., ...Read more

Soon-To-Be Grad Nervous About The Future

Life Advice / Sense & Sensitivity /

DEAR HARRIETTE: I graduate with my bachelor's degree next month. Most of my classmates are excited and ready to finally be done with school, but I am a nervous wreck about graduating. I have no direction as far as my career goes. I don't have a dream job or career. I don't have any job prospects or internships lined up. I have no experience and ...Read more

Graduates Lack Gratitude

Life Advice / Miss Manners /

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Over the past several years, I've received graduation announcements from perhaps half a dozen high school seniors whose parents I know. I've sent them my congratulations as well as a modest cash gift. Not one of them has acknowledged or thanked me.

Is it wrong to give up on the future graduates of my acquaintances and decide ...Read more