My homophonic paradise.

Dear Amy: I have an in-law relative who has been deaf since childhood. A few years ago, I learned that this person reads lips. My problem is that they eavesdrop on private conversations by reading your lips. The masks many of us wear have helped to curb this, but with things (hopefully) going back toContinue reading “My homophonic paradise.”

A new all-around low for Annie Lane!

I’m hopeful today that Annie Lane can tackle the tough issues in today’s column. Dear Annie: Recently, a friend confronted me about something that I didn’t think was a big deal: Sometimes I forget to respond to texts for a while, and then I reply and say that I just saw the message. Technically, mostContinue reading “A new all-around low for Annie Lane!”

I’m inspired!

The iffing (intermittent fasting) is going great for the most part. I’ve still been eating from 6:00 PM until midnight, but sometimes I go over until 12:30 because I get back from the gym at 11:00 PM and don’t have enough time to finish cooking and eating my daily foods during the end of theContinue reading “I’m inspired!”

A surprise ending! (Wait for it!)

Dear Annie: Politics took over as the main topic at our holiday dinner. I don’t mind open debate among parties with differing views, as long as those debating have logical and fact-supported positions. Our dinner usually goes smoothly, as everyone gets along and, despite differing opinions, we all can adequately defend our positions. Dinner willContinue reading “A surprise ending! (Wait for it!)”

Success!

I have amazing news. I’ve spent the past many years since 2015 or so trying to master the art of weight loss. I’ve tried this, I’ve tried that. Nothing ever worked for me. And when I say it never worked, what I mean is that I couldn’t stick with it. But what’s happened now isContinue reading “Success!”

Recycling people?

Dear Amy: I recently reconnected with a man I was engaged to, many years ago. We have not gotten together in person because we live several hours away from one another and are both in our 70s. The problem is that he blames me for a breakup that happened 50 years ago! (His perception isContinue reading “Recycling people?”

I couldn’t disagree more!

Dear Amy: I am blessed to have retired before the age of 50. I am now in my mid-50s, and my life is great, but my in-laws think I should go back to work. We had a fairly okay relationship before my retirement, but now when I am around them, they tell me I amContinue reading “I couldn’t disagree more!”

Redirection and neighbors.

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My boss and I recently discovered that we have similar religious and political views. Normally this would not be a problem, but he has now taken to coming by my office several times a day to talk about religion and politics, and it’s affecting my productivity. And when I say “talk about,”Continue reading “Redirection and neighbors.”

Generational abuse.

It’s been a weird sort of day. I was talking to my mom, and she was depressed because apparently her dad died when she was seventeen on new year’s eve. Go figure. That was news! Both of my grandfathers died, and both of my grandmothers remarried, before I was born. I’d always been glad thatContinue reading “Generational abuse.”

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