Idle tongues will wag!

Dear Amy: My partner, “Chas,” and I have been together for 30 years. My sister “Shelly” introduced us. Shelly and Chas are very old friends; in fact, Chas is her daughter’s godfather. Chas tends to be quiet and low-key; Shelly is exuberant and loves attention. All these years, we have shared various family gatherings andContinue reading “Idle tongues will wag!”

Lisa! Geez, girl friend.

Dear Annie: I am a 76-year-old woman who is still not over her teenage friendship troubles. I should preface this entry by stating that I am by no means stuck in the past. This instance simply comes to mind whenever I face shortcomings in life. I’ll now set the scene: It was early September ofContinue reading “Lisa! Geez, girl friend.”

I’ve been butt-dialed!

We made plans tomorrow to meet at the county clerk’s office: me, my sister, and my parents, to transfer the title of my sister’s car to me. Then my dad would drive home, and I’d go with the others to my mom’s condo, where my sister would show me how to drive the car. (I’veContinue reading “I’ve been butt-dialed!”

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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