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Too much info online

Dear Annie: A couple of months ago, I met a guy at a concert and he added me as his friend on Facebook. Except for that one encounter, I don’t really know him. Tonight, I was strolling through Facebook and noticed a very disturbing post he had made. It bothered me so much that I […]

Situation grows intolerable

Dear Annie: I have been married for 50 years and don’t think I can stand one more day. The man I am married to was once everything to me. Now, as each day passes, I grow more resentful. I like him less and less, almost to the point of hatred. He has always been a […]

Well, if he doesn’t ask …

Dear Annie: I am six months into a separation from my husband of seven years. (The separation was his idea.) I thought our relationship was solid and was completely blindsided when he told me he felt deserted and lonely. While I am still hoping for reconciliation, I have recently begun seeing someone else. My relationship […]

Doesn’t want the help

Dear Annie: My friend, “Andrea,” is in her early 20s and concerned about her mother, “Joan.” Joan has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and she has abused prescription and other drugs for as long as Andrea can remember. A few years ago, Joan was put on disability due to a work accident. She […]

Leave the dog at home, huh?

Dear Annie: I would like to know why stores allow people to bring their pets inside. I have seen dogs sitting in the carts with their blankets as the owners push through the store. I often see one particular owner at the same store. She appears to like the attention the dog brings, as she […]

Still blames her for everything

Dear Annie: My son, “Robert,” is 50 years old. He has no contact with his older sister or me. When Robert was 13, my husband and I divorced. His father was a troubled person. He was a typical old-fashioned European father who believed in physical punishment, and used a belt when disciplining his son. I […]

Where there’s a will (or three) …

Dear Annie: While my mother was still alive, she gave a substantial amount of money to my oldest son, “Rick.” Everyone but Mother knew she was supporting his drug habit (which he has since overcome). When she died, her will gave equal amounts of money to both of my sons. My younger son, “Chris,” was […]

Trying, but running out of patience

Dear Annie: I am 17, married, with a 1-year-old daughter. I am doing amazingly well for a teen mom. My husband and I have a house and car, I’m finishing school, and we are both working. Before we moved into our house, we lived with my husband’s father and brother. When my brother-in-law expressed interest […]

The kid’s the least of your worries

Dear Annie: I have a fiancée whom I love and cherish. She has a 2-year-old son from another relationship and I accept and enjoy this child. The boy’s father was physically and verbally abusive toward my fiancée, and I believe the guy is still unbalanced from drug use. He has no interest in being with […]

In defense of sororities

Dear Annie: I am in a sorority and proudly wear my Greek letters. However, when I go outside the campus, I receive a lot of negative feedback. People assume things about me that are not true, and this can be very hurtful. They think I haze, hang out promiscuously with frat boys, drink, do drugs […]

Absence hurting more than expected

Dear Annie: I am a 12-year-old boy with a problem. My dad died when I was a baby, so it’s just my mom, my 22-year-old brother “Jason” and me. Mom works two jobs, so I don’t see her that much. Basically, Jason has taken care of me. Jason is my hero. He helps me with […]

Mother is just wasting away

Dear Annie: My mother has never been a big eater, but in the past year, she seems to have developed a serious eating disorder. At age 62, she skips meals regularly and has shrunk to a bony 90 pounds. Her skin is sagging, her hair is thinning, and she is very irritable. Mom acts superior […]

Feeling left behind at home

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been together for 10 years and married for two. I still work full time, but my wife took early retirement last spring and now she spends weeks at a time visiting different members of her family. When she is gone, she rarely answers her phone. I’ve noticed that […]

It’s a chilly environment at work

Dear Annie: I work with two women who turn on the air conditioning first thing in the morning. This happens year-round, including cold winter days. One of them claims to be hot even on below-freezing days with the windows open. I’ve talked to my manager, who is warm and comfy in her office. The manager […]

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