Trading in secrets.

Dear Amy: My adult sons are so estranged from my ex-husband that neither invited him to their weddings. While I still have difficult feelings toward my ex, I try to have some level of civil interaction with him. He often asks for updates as to what our sons are up to and how they areContinue reading “Trading in secrets.”

Lured to the dark side.

So, I thought I was close to my paternal aunt, Aunt Judy, but… a few things have gone wrong lately. A while back, she asked if I’ve managed to reconcile with my sister yet. The question rubbed me the wrong way because my sister is violent and has some dark-triad traits. She’s assaulted me sixContinue reading “Lured to the dark side.”

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.”

Playing with fire.

Dear Amy: I was close friends with a woman, “B,” for 10 years. Around six months ago, our friendship began to unravel because of her sudden racism, spreading rumors about me, her husband being incredibly grossly sexual toward me, her narcotic addictions, and the amount of time I spent watching her children while she andContinue reading “Playing with fire.”

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