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Deadbeat or just unaware?

Dear Annie: My only sibling has stopped speaking to me. My brother had a son 26 years ago. He claims he knew nothing about the child until I told him six months ago that he should take responsibility for his oldest son. We had words, and he texted me not to contact him, ever, and […]

We’re way past the borderline

Dear Annie: My girlfriend has a thing that she does with her 10-year-old son that I find borderline weird. The first time I was at her home, while we were cooking dinner together, her son started whining, “Can we do it now, please? Please?” and she says OK and tells me she’ll be back in […]

Weird games on Facebook

Dear Annie: While in high school in the late 1970s, there was this guy, “Scott,” who had a crush on me. Nothing transpired back then, so fast-forward 30 years. A month ago, I received a Facebook friend request from Scott. Of course, I accepted and found out he and his wife are separated. I also […]

Little sister still feels marginalized

Dear Annie: I am the youngest sister of 10 siblings. Over the years, five siblings have died. You’d think we would try to be closer after such awful losses. So when does the bullying stop? I have tried to be an upstanding sister and aunt, but no matter how much I contribute my money, time […]

Medical equipment draws complaint

Dear Annie: Shortly after I had knee surgery, I went to the library wearing my (prescribed) compression wrap to prevent blood clots. This compression wrap makes an intermittent humming sound. A few minutes after entering, the librarian walked over and asked what the humming noise was. I showed her the compression wrap and said that […]

Son still carries a grudge

Dear Annie: Twenty five years ago, my youngest son, then 18, quit the job he had had for four years. They had promised him an assistant manager job and when he turned 18, but did not follow through. After that, he would not look for a job or even help around the house. His dad […]

Miserable in this situation

Dear Annie: All of my life, I’ve heard about the “golden years.” Why are mine only black and gray? I have been married to my husband for 40 years. He has not been sexually capable for half that time. I understand that, but he also does not want to kiss me, hold me, talk to […]

No, not jealous at all …

Dear Annie: My mother-in-law has decor that was personalized for her by my husband’s long-term ex-girlfriend. Every time I go to her house, it’s the first thing I see and it really bothers me. The problem is, I don’t feel I can say anything to her because after all, it’s her house and the decorating […]

Getting together with the grandmas

Dear Annie: I live in the same town as two friends from high school. One of these friends married right out of high school and starting having children. My other friend and I both went to college together, and then she also married and started her family. Neither of these women had a career outside […]

Make her love me again

Dear Annie: I know I have my faults, but I can’t figure out why my wife suddenly hates me. She has said so. We have been married for 25 years and it’s like a light switch flicked. At first, I didn’t quite get it and didn’t respond well (arguing and shouting at her). But when […]

‘Minor’ seizures, Mom … minor

Dear Annie: I have epilepsy with very minor seizures that occur roughly once every three weeks. Because I am currently unemployed, I am forced to live at home with my parents as I search for another job. Even though I am over 30, my mother wants me to stay at home unless I have a […]

What we endure for our pets

Dear Annie: I was going out of town on business for a week, and a couple I know jumped at the chance to house sit. I offered to let them stay at my place in exchange for taking care of my cat. I asked in advance what staples they would want, so they wouldn’t have […]

Remember those who served

Dear Annie: Thank you once again for providing me the opportunity to reach out and thank our citizens for the care and support they provide to our veterans. Each year, Americans participate in the National Salute to Veteran Patients by visiting and volunteering at the Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities and by sending letters […]

Happy to shut herself off

Dear Annie: I’m at my wits’ end with my wife of 30 years. I think she’s delusional. I am five years older than she is, but she insists that she looks older. She claims she is fat and ugly, so she no longer wants to go out with friends, go to a movie or out […]

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