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Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I have Type 2 diabetes, and I went through a near-death experience this summer -- with kidney failure, congestive heart failure and other problems. I had to have surgery. While I recovered in the hospital, my son brought me my laptop. I posted my story on Facebook.

While my other friends were offering messages of sympathy over my ...Read more

Child victim faces abuser at family events

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I suffered regular sexual abuse at the hands of a cousin when I was between the ages of 5 and 8. He is eight years older than me.

I actually go years without thinking about it, but when it comes back to me I feel angry and in pain. I'm 46 years old now.

Over the last few years I have shared the secret with my sisters and a few close ...Read more

Child victim faces abuser at family events

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I suffered regular sexual abuse at the hands of a cousin when I was between the ages of 5 and 8. He is eight years older than me.

I actually go years without thinking about it, but when it comes back to me I feel angry and in pain. I'm 46 years old now.

Over the last few years I have shared the secret with my sisters and a few close ...Read more

Orphan at Christmas

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi, Carolyn:

Both of my parents died in the past year. I had spent every single Christmas with them at my childhood home. Needless to say, I am dreading the holidays. I have small children of my own now. If one more person tells me to start my own tradition I’ll scream. If we had more money I...Read more

Girlfriend Seeks The Best Way To Nudge Boy Out Of Dad's Bed

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I have been together for two years. I moved in with him about a year ago. He has a 9-year-old son, Todd, who stays with us every other week.

Todd is a great kid, but he has a genetic disorder and still often wets his bed. When it happens, he changes his pajamas and then climbs into bed with us. I don't mind, but I ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 12/8/2016

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: My 12-year-old son recently informed me that his 18-year-old cousin was molesting him. I immediately informed my in-laws. They were in shock and denial. Both said, "Are you sure? Maybe they were experimenting." I was outraged and disgusted, and so was my husband. I went to the police and filed a report.

Both the perpetrator and ...Read more

I Know About You

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My love and I are both about 70 years old. My love, "Marjorie," belongs to a community service group, which she has been in now for 30 years. Her husband died four years ago.

Marjorie dated "Arthur," who is from her community group, for a year. They broke up, and about four months later, we started dating.

When Arthur and ...Read more

Job seeker is rebuffed for negotiating

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I am a 34-year-old man working in risk management, seeking a mid- to senior-level position in my profession. Recently, I had a wonderful panel interview with a billion-dollar health care company. It could not have gone better. I was thrilled to receive a voicemail a day after the interview requesting a call back.

When I called back ...Read more

Job seeker is rebuffed for negotiating

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I am a 34-year-old man working in risk management, seeking a mid- to senior-level position in my profession. Recently, I had a wonderful panel interview with a billion-dollar health care company. It could not have gone better. I was thrilled to receive a voicemail a day after the interview requesting a call back.

When I called back ...Read more

Poor Money Management

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Dear Carolyn:

My brother and sister-in-law have notoriously poor money-management skills and compulsive spending habits. After many years of helping them with gifts and loans, their immediate families now refuse to lend them money.

When their 17-year-old daughter was visiting recently, she mentioned that her parents pressure her to ...Read more

Husband's Multiple Affairs Leave Wife In Legal Limbo

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband of five years has confessed to affairs that resulted in two children. I suspected that something was up when after a year of marriage he seemed distant. Despite our almost 15-year age difference, I never in a million years thought he would do something like this.

A few months ago, he started disappearing again. At first it...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 12/7/2016

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: I am 57 years old and divorced. I am now engaged to a woman who is 29 years my junior. "Carla" is everything I ever wanted. I never intended to fall in love with her, but I needed a friend, and there she was. She feels the same way.

Here is the problem: Even though we are engaged, Carla's parents do not know I exist. For the past ...Read more

A Heap of Hate

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: Years ago, we were friends with a beautiful young lady and her husband. He passed away several years ago, and she has never been the same since. Even though she is so beautiful on the outside, she is extremely jealous, and her insecurity shows through in a ridiculous manner, making her a very ugly person.

She currently has a live-...Read more

Faux 'bridesmaids' can't afford the honor

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I have a longtime friend who has asked our circle of five women to be "bridesmaids" for her wedding photos.

She has been married to her (second) husband for years. They own a beautiful home and have two children. She had a lavish first wedding and opted for a small second wedding, to which none of us were invited. She comes from a ...Read more

Faux 'bridesmaids' can't afford the honor

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I have a longtime friend who has asked our circle of five women to be "bridesmaids" for her wedding photos.

She has been married to her (second) husband for years. They own a beautiful home and have two children. She had a lavish first wedding and opted for a small second wedding, to which none of us were invited. She comes from a ...Read more

Exhibitionist Neighbor

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi, Carolyn:

I think we have an exhibitionist neighbor. In the morning, before dawn, the bathroom blinds (but not any other blinds) are raised high, the light is on, and she is clearly visible using the toilet and drying herself off after a shower. Her bathroom window is directly in our field ...Read more

Knitted Breast Prostheses Are Made With Tender Loving Care

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: You would be doing millions of women a great service by telling them about Knitted Knockers Support Foundation. It has been tirelessly working at inspiring volunteer knitters and crocheters to provide free soft, light prostheses for breast cancer survivors.

Typically, the traditional prostheses can be hot, heavy, expensive and...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 12/6/2016

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: I am in my late 20s and have been happily married for over five years. Here is the problem:

My parents divorced when I was little, and my father is an alcoholic. Ever since I can remember, he would call me on the phone, drunk and rambling so much that by the end of the call, I would be in tears. The past couple of years he's ...Read more

A Situation That's Not a Comedy

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: For the past two decades, my life has been an episode of the sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond" on steroids.

My mother-in-law has made a wonderful grandmother, but she has constantly criticized my weight, my hairstyle, what I feed my children and how I dress and discipline them. She always does this out of earshot of her husband and...Read more

'Outed' uncle wants to babysit his nephew

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My husband's very religious family has serious issues with him being gay. His brother, "Steve," outed him in high school. He was forced into therapy, cut off financially and put through hell.

In the past few years most of his family has started to include both of us in their lives -- except for Steve.

Steve and his wife live near us,...Read more

 
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