Thursday, December 25, 2014

How much for the calling birds?

Dear Readers: Merry Christmas. We hope you are fortunate enough to be with family and friends today. Those who can volunteer their time in nursing homes, hospitals or soup kitchens, please do so. For the past few years, we have printed the annual PNC Christmas Price Index, which we find interesting and amusing. Enjoy: ”The […]

He isn’t ready to listen yet

Dear Annie: I am a concerned uncle at an impasse. I have a young adult nephew who seems perfectly content not to go anywhere in life. “Peter” wasn’t the smartest kid in school, but he managed to graduate. He now moves from job to job, never keeping one for more than six months. He seems […]

They’re not a bank

  Dear Annie: Two years ago, my sister called crying that they were going to lose their house. She didn’t realize her husband hadn’t been making the mortgage payments. She said she wouldn’t have taken all those vacations or eaten out in fancy restaurants if she had known they couldn’t afford it. Of course I […]

Argument splits up family

Dear Annie: A few years ago, there was an argument in my husband’s family. Since then, my mother-in-law has stopped having holiday dinners. She invites only one daughter and her family. This hurts my husband, but he will not say anything to his mother. We feel she should invite everyone as usual, and those who […]

It’s not a pretty picture

Dear Annie: Last month, I attended a bridal shower for my “new” granddaughter. The shower was lovely, and we all enjoyed ourselves. We took pictures of everyone with our friends and family and the new bride. My grandson’s wedding was last weekend. When my husband and I arrived, the bride and groom were off with […]

Too late to pick a fight

Dear Annie: My brother-in-law married “Rose,” a divorcée, a year ago, although they had been living together for several. This was a second marriage for both of them, and they each have adult children. Rose died three months ago from a quickly spreading cancer. She was only 67. Here’s the problem: Rose’s three adult sons […]

Disagreement on mother’s care

Dear Annie: My mother is 95 years old and in OK shape. She has been diagnosed with dementia, and her physician recommended a full-time caregiver because Mom is confused most of the time. She still lives in her home, refusing to leave, and my two siblings and I take care of her the best we […]

This ought to teach her love

Dear Annie: I have two teenage children from a previous marriage. For the past 12 years, they have lived with their mother 90 miles away, and I have visitation every other weekend and alternate holidays, etc. I have always exercised visitation faithfully and have a good relationship with both of them. This year, my daughter […]

Stuck in the middle with them

Dear Annie: My 18-year-old cousin, “Rick,” has been seeing a friend of mine for some time. Now I am in an awkward position. My friend “Joanie” told Rick she liked him, but he told her he didn’t feel the same way about her. They were together for a short time, but even then, Rick was […]

Mom’s lost interest in dance

Dear Annie: I am a 14-year-old boy. I’m on the swim team, and I take tap dancing lessons. But when I told my mom that I’d like to continue with both, she told me tap was a waste of time and that I would never go anywhere with it. Only when one of my dance […]

Wait, wait, wait … fishnets?

Dear Annie: I am in a 14-month-old relationship that is rapidly falling apart. I consider this relationship serious. ”Clara” is in her early 60s and several years younger than I am. After the first three months, we began discussing marriage. We talk on the phone every day and see each other twice a week. I […]

Dad’s attitude is getting worse

Dear Annie: My father is in his late 70s and lives next door to my husband and me. Dad is a capable adult and maintains his household. I love him and am happy that he can take care of himself. Lately, however, I have noticed that Dad is becoming short tempered and frustrated when he […]

Health issues derail relationship

Dear Annie: I’ve been living with “Marcus” for two years, and we’ve known each other for twice that long. We are both in our late 40s. Soon after we moved in together, Marcus became seriously ill. We’ve been through five invasive surgeries, and there may be more. The most serious illness seems to be under […]

Can she ever trust him again?

Dear Annie: I have been with my husband for 10 years, and we have two children. Two years ago, I found out that he was bothering a 19-year-old girl. He was 30 at the time. We separated over this, but six months ago, we got back together. Now when I ask about this young woman, […]