Dear Abby

Distant sisters work to close the gap in their relationship

DEAR ABBY: A few years ago, my sister mailed me a long letter detailing her resentment for me and our lack of closeness. She said she wanted to have a relationship. After reading it, I reached out...

DATE: May 29, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

Dedicated walker tripped up by chatty co-workers

DEAR ABBY: I have a step tracker. I am dedicated to getting in at least 10,000 steps every day, most of them walking around inside my office building at lunch. I walk quickly, often with...

DATE: May 28, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

Grandma plays favorites with plan for her assets

DEAR ABBY: My mother raised my two nephews because of their parents’ drug addiction. They are now adults (21 and 25). As a result of these circumstances, Mom was never able to be a fun, doting...

DATE: May 27, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

Unwitting comments from dad cause childless daughter pain

DEAR ABBY: I am a 40-year-old childless single woman. I spent several years doing various day care jobs and have great love for children, but due to female health issues, I am unable to have my...

DATE: May 26, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

Man puts out a welcome mat only for his side of the family

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married 10 years, and he treats my family and friends very different compared to how he treats his own. A few months ago, my sister called me at 9 p.m. She...

DATE: May 25, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

New job in new state tests strength of men’s relationship

DEAR ABBY: I am a gay man who has been dating a divorced man for nine months. I’m 25 and he is 50. He was married to a woman for more than 20 years and has three children. (I am the age between...

DATE: May 24, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

Lawyer’s petition to help friend study is dismissed

DEAR ABBY: I have a close friend, “Samantha,” whom I met in law school four years ago. We both graduated in 2014. I have passed the bar exam, and so have all our friends from school, but Samantha...

DATE: May 23, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

Woman worries lazy fiance will also be lazy husband

DEAR ABBY: My fiance, “David,” and I are getting married soon. We have been living together and engaged for a year, and together eight years. It takes him forever to get things done around the...

DATE: May 22, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

Name-calling mom attempts to disrupt son’s marriage

DEAR ABBY: I have been married to “Amanda” for four years. During that time, my parents, especially my mother, have called her and her family “trashy” because they live in a rural area in Texas. ...

DATE: May 21, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

Old friend’s sudden withdrawal causes a crisis of confidence

DEAR ABBY: My best friend, “Ann,” abruptly ended our friendship seven years ago and I still can’t get over it. We were friends from the time we were in first grade until we were 48. We were...

DATE: May 20, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

Reluctant grandparents veto couple’s plan to start a family

DEAR ABBY: I have been married for almost five years, and my husband and I recently decided to try to have a baby. I am really excited about the possibility of being a mom. My problem is, my...

DATE: May 19, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

Mom weighs telling her son truth about dad’s ‘time away’

DEAR ABBY: My son, “Jimmy,” is 8. His father and I are divorced, and he is facing jail time. Jimmy sees him every other weekend. I’m planning on telling Jimmy the truth, although I’m sure his dad...

DATE: May 18, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

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