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!”

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.”

Say what?!

Dear Amy: Before the pandemic, I met a wonderful woman and fell in love. The catch? She was from New Zealand and had to return home in November 2019. She and I made arrangements for me to move there. Then the pandemic hit and created unending border closures. My flight was canceled by the airline.Continue reading “Say what?!”

Fun commentary today!

Dear Amy: I’m at a complete loss right now. I am an asexual person in my late-30s. I am in a five-year relationship and am in school pursuing a degree. About six weeks ago, an adult classmate of mine started pursuing a friendship with me (he has a wife and children). We’ve become really closeContinue reading “Fun commentary today!”

Let’s rock this!

Sanity has tenuously been restored in an insane mind, and I feel oddly good about communicating with Nate. I just feel bad that I was so… all over the place in my message. The truth is that I feel awful about what I’ve put him through, often to the point that I want to actuallyContinue reading “Let’s rock this!”

What are you saying?

DEAR ABBY: After a bad breakup, a good friend and her husband offered me a room in their home. They have two wonderful teenagers. Then the pandemic came, and we all became infected. What started out as a few months’ plan for me to get back on my feet has lasted 14 months. I haveContinue reading “What are you saying?”

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose…

DEAR MISS MANNERS: How does one deal with false modesty? I found myself caught flat-footed when chatting with a textile artist. I joked that he could be the one to help me with my blanket stitch, and he responded that his handwork wasn’t very good. Fine; I’d been mostly kidding anyway. But then he wentContinue reading “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose…”

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.”

The unintended application of some zooming tips.

Dear Annie: Throughout the pandemic, I’ve noted some things that make for a successful Zoom or FaceTime call. Perhaps these suggestions will be of use to your readers. Look at yourself on your screen. What you see is what others will see. Do not sit with a window or other bright light behind you. YouContinue reading “The unintended application of some zooming tips.”

Oh, well.

I’m finally and officially writing off the guy I like in Thailand. I don’t know what’s going on inside his head, and I’m through playing guessing games. We’re all adults, but he can’t seem to express his thoughts or feelings to save himself. I don’t mean to sound overly critical, though, because I understand thatContinue reading “Oh, well.”

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