Meg makes faces for fun.

Dear Amy: My husband and I have been married for almost eight years. I’m 44, and he is 38. We have three kids, ages 5, 3 and 1. We’ve always had an amazing sex life and a great relationship in every way. We also have the usual stress that comes along with raising kids (payingContinue reading “Meg makes faces for fun.”

Sharing the prayers?

Dear Amy: My husband had knee replacement surgery at a Catholic hospital last week. The first few weeks of his physical therapy are done at our home. The first session was today. Everything went well, and when it was time for her to leave, the therapist asked if my husband wanted to pray with her.Continue reading “Sharing the prayers?”

Fried pickles, anyone?

Dear Amy: Several years ago, my husband and I visited his brother and wife for a vacation. We stayed with them and relied on them for transportation. One night, we went out to dinner. His brother ordered some fried pickles as an appetizer. My husband told him he had never had one and reached overContinue reading “Fried pickles, anyone?”

Self-absorption, controlling tendencies, and more self-absorption.

Dear Amy: I’m undergoing treatment for breast cancer. People have had some very odd reactions to the baldness caused by my chemotherapy. I’m not asking for advice on how to handle it, but I am seeking an explanation. I find it very strange that several friends have asked to see me bald. Those who seeContinue reading “Self-absorption, controlling tendencies, and more self-absorption.”

The truth about Oz.

TRIGGER WARNING: SEXUAL ABUSE DEAR ABBY: I reached out recently to the daughter of my cousin who had just passed away. I offered condolences and a picture of her great-grandfather, who was my grandfather. I also shared some warm memories of her dad, my cousin. She shot back with some seriously negative information about herContinue reading “The truth about Oz.”

Opinions versus advice?

Dear Amy: Can you help me to understand the boundaries of offering advice? Coronavirus-related circumstances mean my 35-year-old daughter must make an employment decision involving relocation. From experience, I have insights into her potential relocation choices that she does not have. What I know on this topic could affect her ultimate happiness. She hasn’t askedContinue reading “Opinions versus advice?”

Wow. Is four advice columnists a record tonight?

Dear Amy: Our 28-year-old daughter recently became engaged to a wonderful young man. We couldn’t be happier for them. They plan to marry in two years, after they complete their graduate degrees. So, what could go wrong? His parents are adamant that our daughter take her fiance’s last name when they are married. She hasContinue reading “Wow. Is four advice columnists a record tonight?”

I have lived it!

Dear Amy: I come from a very judgmental family, and I’m wondering how to break the awful habits I learned. Growing up, we’d often be driving home from family events and my parents would bad-mouth the relatives we had just seen. This affected me, even if their criticism was sometimes justified. As adults, my boyfriendContinue reading “I have lived it!”

Relationship death and psychics in the produce department.

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been together since 2008 and married since 2011. We slept in the same bed, held hands and talked about everything in the beginning. Then, in 2013, he got a job in Iowa. I stayed home until my youngest went to college. I joined him in September 2014. HeContinue reading “Relationship death and psychics in the produce department.”

Prom queens, valedictorians, gossips, and backstabbers.

DEAR ABBY: I am a 73-year-old retired woman who still maintains contact with a number of old and new friends for movies, dinner, museum visits, etc. Until the COVID virus, we did things often. Now, not so much. Someone in this group told me that on a couple of occasions, a few of them wereContinue reading “Prom queens, valedictorians, gossips, and backstabbers.”

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