Violence!

DEAR ABBY: Occasionally when my husband goes running, I drop him off at the park while I do the grocery shopping. We agree to meet back at the drop-off spot in one hour. Occasionally, I’m late by maybe five minutes, and certainly no more than eight or nine. When this happens, my husband gets extremelyContinue reading “Violence!”

Ebenezer Scrooge and gift cards.

Dear Amy: Every year, my husband receives a text message from his sister asking what our two children would like for Christmas. She does not acknowledge our children’s birthdays or any other special milestone that would warrant a call, a card or a gift; but at Christmas she always sends gift cards. My children andContinue reading “Ebenezer Scrooge and gift cards.”

Dysfunction and rehabilitation.

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My husband grew up in an unhappy home, and came up with all kinds of strategies to stay out of trouble. Like, he has this odd way of answering a yes/no question with a word that could go either way. Plus, he can never be wrong. Over the years, I’ve helped himContinue reading “Dysfunction and rehabilitation.”

Interesting goings-on in advice world today!

DEAR ABBY: I went for a jog the other morning, and when I returned home I discovered I was locked out of my house because the garage door keypad wasn’t working. I had left without my cellphone or a key, so I tried to contact my wife through our Ring doorbell. My wife told meContinue reading “Interesting goings-on in advice world today!”

The whole gamut of emotions!

DEAR ABBY: I recently backed out of an adoption. I feel terrible about it. How can I mentally and emotionally get over this? My baby girl is 4 months old now, and my guilt is getting worse. I backed out three days before she was born. The couple I had chosen turned out to beContinue reading “The whole gamut of emotions!”

Fun times with advice commentary today!

Dear Annie: I’ve been married to a man for 17 years. But not long after the marriage, he stopped being a husband. At first, we would talk, laugh and have fun. We would do things together, go places and, most of all, we would make love all the time. It’s been 10 years since weContinue reading “Fun times with advice commentary today!”

Obvious advice and guilt trips!

TRIGGER WARNING: SUICIDE (in the context of an advice column) Dear Annie: I am a 43-year-old woman who has had severe treatment for resistant bipolar depression, with psychotic features, my whole life. At 10, I tried to hang myself. At 16, I attempted suicide with pills and alcohol, and again at 25. I am anContinue reading “Obvious advice and guilt trips!”

Seriously?

Dear Annie: My wife and I have two boys, 10 and 12. For years, my wife has been either brushing their teeth herself — long past when it was appropriate — or hovering over them nightly to ensure they are doing it the “right” way. Every night she asks them, “Did you do all theContinue reading “Seriously?”

Birthdays, anniversaries, and bad husbands!

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I adore my longtime boyfriend and the happy life we have built together. There is, however, a recurring issue over which we cyclically disagree: his birthday. While never truly enjoying getting older, I have always enjoyed celebrating my own birthday — what a wonderful excuse to see loved ones and share aContinue reading “Birthdays, anniversaries, and bad husbands!”

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