Life Advice


Health & Spirit

A Suspicious Trip?

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My wife and I are in our 30s and live next to a very kind gentleman in his 60s, whose wife passed away four years ago. We get along very well with him and have been very generous in looking after him. He has always made his gratitude for our filling the void in his life very apparent.

He hired my wife two years ago to come over ...Read more

Bitter Ex

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My wife and I were married 17 years ago, and although we did divorce, we still remained on friendly terms.

Recently, however, she made the mistake of accidentally letting me know she had called her ex-husband (whom she married before me) for advice on something. Then she admitted that through all these years, she has remained in ...Read more

The Wrong Kind of Discipline

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: Two years ago, my brother and his wife, who have no kids, took my then-8-year-old son on a great trip. They returned very exhausted after a week, having had a wonderful time.

Once home, my brother informed me -- by demonstrating on me physically -- that he had hit my son in the head to discipline him. I was immediately upset but ...Read more

Person Who Needs People

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am in my mid-60s. I live in a small town, where I know lots of people but have only one friend I can count on. Another really good friend had to move out of state for her job. And another friend, along with her husband, I have known for 35 years, but I get absolutely nothing in return. We only get together if I reach out to her. ...Read more

An Abusive Streak?

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I have a friend I've known for at least 15 years. A month ago, I invited her and her husband for dinner. When both of my kids told me they didn't want her over, I couldn't believe it. I asked why. I told them that she's always been good to them and she'd love to see them, especially my son, who has been away at college.

My son ...Read more

The National Salute to Veteran Patients

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: America cares deeply for its veterans. Each and every day, volunteers and Department of Veterans Affairs employees alike provide compassionate and devoted care for those who "have borne the battle." As we have done for many years, this February, Americans will participate in the National Salute to Veteran Patients by visiting and ...Read more

Witnesses of Abuse

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My daughter and I have witnessed aggressive acts in public areas and are at a loss as to what, if any, action we should take. The most recent example was when we watched a man yelling at what appeared to be his significant other. He grabbed her by the arm, forcefully placed her in the car and buckled her seat belt. Then he went ...Read more

A Shining Example

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I have a rare child, one who asks nothing for herself and gives generously to others. Each year for her birthday and Christmas, I try to find something, anything, my daughter might like as a gift. She smiles sweetly and says nothing or says, "I'm good."

Yet she works hard to make other lives easier and happier every day. When her ...Read more

Who's the Idiot?

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My soon-to-be mother-in-law and I are in an all-out war via social media.

It all started when she posted an article about politics that was full of blatant lies and misinformation. I commented with a few links so she could do further research and see that she was totally wrong. She replied by saying that I am young and naive and ...Read more

Son Battling Addiction

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My husband and I are in our 60s and have lived in our community for almost 20 years. The community has mostly retired couples, many of whom have been friends for years.

We have three adult children, who are all settled and successful. However, four years ago, our 36-year-old son became addicted to painkillers after an injury that ...Read more

Wading Through Messages

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: As of this writing, I have 6,972 unread emails.

A lot of them are promotions from stores I shopped at once. Some are from social media sites, telling me I have notifications -- Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest -- which I hardly ever check.

I guess I never got into the habit of deleting these messages as they came in, and then once ...Read more

Elusive Sleep

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I used to get by on six hours of sleep a night, but as I've gotten older, I really like to sleep for a full eight or nine hours every night. But the problem is that it is not always easy to sleep that long, especially if I am snoring a lot.

I snore so loudly that my wife sometimes asks me to sleep on the couch, or she will sleep ...Read more

Daughter Takes Precedence

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: What is wrong with me? I truly don't know what to do. I have a boyfriend of five years, and for five years, I have watched him pursue his daughter daily.

He texts her several times daily. He knows where she is every minute, whom she is with and what her plans are. He would drive 45 minutes to walk her dogs for her because she is ...Read more

Living Independently

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I moved out and started living on my own several years ago, and I have fallen in love with living independently. However, over the years, my parents' insistence that I move back near home has increased. Despite being only an hour away by plane (about 300 miles), they insist that I "need to be within driving distance in case ...Read more

Pressured to Have Another

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My son just turned 6 months old, and he is my entire world. I love him to pieces, and I love being a mom more than I thought was possible. I also work full time as a science teacher and softball coach at the local middle school. When I get home, I am beyond tired.

My husband and I live very close to where we grew up -- we are from...Read more

Letting Oneself Go

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am in a loving, wonderful relationship with a loving, wonderful man, "Marco." He's supportive and kind, and he makes me feel like a million bucks. This is in sharp contrast to past relationships, in which I've been belittled or not appreciated or I've turned into someone I don't like. I was with wrong guy after wrong guy after ...Read more

Neighbor Hits Last Nerve

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I'm fed up with my neighbors across the street. They are a family of four -- with two kids who are about 4 and 6 years old. The mom is really the one who's bothering me. Daytime is not a problem, as I'm at work. Nighttime is not a problem; the kids play on the trampoline in their front yard, and I actually smile sometimes seeing ...Read more

Close Colleague

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: A woman recently started to get close with my husband at work. She always finds excuses to ask him to do things with her alone. From what I heard before meeting her, she sounded smart and fun. My husband said that she often asked about me and said she wanted to meet me.

I know my husband and trust him. We love passionately. So I ...Read more

Roommates Clash

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I live with four other people in a big old house outside Boston. Two of the roommates are a couple, "Jeremy" and "Rachel." Rachel is a very close friend of mine and has been for about 10 years, ever since we met in college. She and Jeremy live downstairs, while the other three of us live upstairs.

Jeremy and Rachel have been ...Read more

Reunited but Wondering

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am in a loving relationship with a wonderful man, "William."

We grew up together, but our families moved apart over time, so we lost all contact. Then, just by chance, I found William on a dating site. I wanted to contact him that afternoon. Then I changed my mind. I would sleep on it that night.

The next morning, I woke up ...Read more

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