Dear Abby
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Secret history of molestation makes dad an ongoing threat

DEAR ABBY — My very best friend growing up was repeatedly raped by her father from around age 13. She told me when we were 17. I reported it to a policeman, but back then, they couldn't do … more

Son always worries about unhappy mom's welfare

DEAR ABBY - My mother-in-law constantly talks to my husband about committing suicide because she's not happy with her life or her husband. My husband worries all the time and has offered to let her come stay with us for a while. To me, this would … more

Retired man won't interact with his own generation

DEAR ABBY - My husband, who is retired, now prefers to talk exclusively to people under 21. He says he is "mentoring" them, though I haven't seen any indication of this. He says he has no interest in talking to people our age, so when we get … more

Couple's plans hit a snag over detour to a strip club

DEAR ABBY - My boyfriend and I have been dating for a year and a half. We are planning on moving to California together in a few months. I flew to Monterey to job hunt, and he is supposed to be flying in soon. However, last night I found out he … more

Dad's rocky relationship makes life a bumpy ride

DEAR ABBY - I'm turning 17 and live with my dad and his girlfriend. They have broken up four times, causing my dad and me to retreat to the basement where we live the peaceful, happy life we did before he met her. When they first started dating, … more

Woman finds ways to mend lost dream of motherhood

DEAR ABBY — I have some suggestions for "Longing to Be a Mom" (Feb. 27), whose husband doesn't want a child. If you talk your husband into it, are you prepared to do all the parenting … more

Daughter is stuck playing referee in parents' divorce

DEAR ABBY — I'm 16 and my parents are getting a divorce. It is really hard. They put me in the middle a lot in their arguments, like I'm a counselor. I have told them repeatedly I don't … more

Woman looks for exit out of one-way friendship

DEAR ABBY - I have a friend who brags nonstop about her boyfriend, her job, her new car, etc. She only comes out of the woodwork every so often to text me things like, "Roy just got a $13 raise at work!" I respond with wholehearted support and … more

Grieving widow offended by gift of artificial flower

DEAR ABBY - My brother-in-law died a month ago and was cremated by the local affiliate of a prominent funeral home. To make it easier for my sister, I accompanied her to the mortuary to pick up her husband's remains. I walked in alone, and as I … more

Military marriage suffers from frequent separation

DEAR ABBY - My husband and I are both active duty military. We've been married for three years and have an 18-month-old daughter. My husband is sweet, handsome and a great father. We got married very quickly, and I think that's where our problems … more

Choice made before difficult birth haunts mom

DEAR ABBY - Twelve years ago, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. It was a difficult pregnancy and delivery due to a medical condition my daughter was diagnosed with in the womb. The doctors let my husband and me know there could be problems … more

Red flags remain in romance that returns after 47 years

DEAR ABBY — I have rekindled a romance from my youth. "Jerry" and I were engaged to be married 47 years ago, but I felt he was too worldly and fast for me, so I broke off the engagement. I … more

Mystifying mood swings happen without warning

DEAR ABBY — I read your letters every chance I get. They remind me that I'm not the only one with problems, but sometimes I just feel so empty. I have random bouts where anything can send … more

Rescinded vacation invitation causes family rift

DEAR ABBY - My son "Jeff" is wealthy and lives in another state with his wife and family. His wife has now moved her mother to where they live and she works for my son. Jeff and his family take vacations several times a year in the U.S. and out of … more

Woman feels title of grandma should be hers alone

DEAR ABBY - My granddaughter, "Emily," is 13. I have been very involved with her all her life. My daughter, "Ginger," is divorced and has had a boyfriend, "Greg," for about three years, but there has been no talk of marriage. Greg's mother has … more

Man must choose between wife, pregnant mistress

DEAR ABBY - My husband and I have been married for 13 years and have two beautiful children. I recently found out that for the last two years, he has been having an affair, and his mistress is now three months pregnant. When I confronted him … more

Family urges bride to pick cousin as maid of honor

DEAR ABBY - I have an extremely difficult decision to make. I recently got engaged to the love of my life. However, with this comes the decision of who should be my maid of honor. Until a couple of years ago, the choice was obvious - my cousin. … more

Women's shared misery enabled better friendship

DEAR ABBY — I lost my husband of 45 years three years ago. My longtime friend, "Grace," was very supportive and included me in family dinners and outings so I wouldn't be alone. A year … more

Teen caught in violent gang seeks way to straighten out

DEAR ABBY — I am 19, and I have been smoking and drinking — a lot — ever since I was 14. I also sneak out and go to parties and hang out with a gang I'm in. We get … more

Man can't get beyond his feelings for former wife

DEAR ABBY - I was divorced seven years ago. My ex-wife, "Annie," and I were married almost seven years and had what I thought was a great relationship. Then we bit off more than we could chew financially. I began working long hours to get us out of … more
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