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Brother's fiancée unaware of his opiate addiction

DEAR ABBY - My divorced 38-year-old brother is addicted to opiates. My wealthy, enabling mother constantly bails him out financially. My brother is engaged to a very kind woman - a mother of three he met four months ago. She's not aware of his lies, … more

Marriage loses intimacy due to husband's disability

DEAR ABBY - Six years ago, my husband of 20 years was in a serious accident. He was placed on disability because of it. Because of the accident, he can't perform sexually because his "goods" don't work. I am many years younger than he is and … more

Bride feels mom is using wedding to spotlight herself

DEAR ABBY - Once I announced my engagement, my already thin, fit mother went on a diet and lost 20 pounds. My weight has always been an issue with her, and I can't believe she would draw attention to it in this way. She called me a bridezilla … more

With dad out of the country, boyfriend takes on parenting

DEAR ABBY — My husband's brother split from his wife, "Charlotte," five years ago and now works and lives in another country. The brothers are still quite close. His school-age daughters … more

Mom assisting son's job hunt stymied by internships

DEAR ABBY - My son, a junior in college, is trying to get a summer job. His degree is challenging, and he has a good work ethic plus job experience. Because he hasn't had much luck applying online, I have been calling local businesses to see what's … more

Serious video gamer gets no respect for her hobby

DEAR ABBY — I'm an avid video game player. My husband and I bond over playing games, reading and talking about them. In fact, in my spare time, I just earned a master's degree in video … more

Girl feels guilty for actions during brief breakup

DEAR ABBY - I am a 17-year-old senior and have been dating the same boy for two years. A month ago, he told me he wanted to break up "because he needed some time to figure out what he wanted." I was devastated but agreed. Two weeks later, he told me … more

Teen struggling to reconnect with alcoholic mom

DEAR ABBY - My mom is a recovering alcoholic. Her alcoholism has caused emotional distress and damaged our relationship to the point that I'm aloof and terse toward her. She's six months sober, receiving help and making an effort to repair the … more

Mom stunned to learn son has been cross-dressing

DEAR ABBY - My son's girlfriend confided to me that my son, age 35, is cross-dressing. I knew his life was in flux and that his appearance had changed, but it stunned me. He hasn't mentioned anything, and she said he would be very upset if I … more

Couple separates after husband takes acting class

DEAR ABBY - When I was 70, I started taking drama classes twice a week (I still do). My wife was against it and insisted that because none of our friends or relatives were doing it, neither should I. As a result, I suggested we live apart. I bought … more

Girl is tempted to choose a college close to home

DEAR ABBY — My daughter is graduating from high school and will be starting college. It was always her plan to go to a school away from our small town, and I supported that decision. … more

29-year-old virgin fears she's waited too long for Mr. Right

DEAR ABBY — I'm a 29-year-old female and still a virgin. This decision is mostly based on my religious beliefs, but also because I haven't met the right guy. I have been struggling with … more

Father's habit of returning food is embarrassing

DEAR ABBY - I am in my 30s and moved out of my parents' home 10 years ago. Last week I decided to visit them, and we went out to eat. Dad has a habit of sending his food back to the kitchen - "My steak isn't cooked enough," or "My food is cold. … more

Readers react to man's decision to keep cancer secret

DEAR ABBY - I'm writing in response to the man who wants to keep his cancer prognosis secret until he nears the end ("Keeping It to Myself," Jan. 11). My mother was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer that had spread to her brain. She didn't … more

Marriage at risk by wife's online relationship with ex

DEAR ABBY - My wife of 20 years has been electronically unfaithful. There have been covert telephone calls and late-night text messages to a boyfriend from long ago. He's divorced and found her on Facebook, telling her he needed "advice on … more

Boyfriend's disability has partner weighing options

DEAR ABBY - I've been in a relationship for four years. My partner has fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. When we met, he had just found out. He was still active, working, and we had sex regularly. Fast forward: He's now on disability, not … more

Suspicion, deception surround elderly father's younger wife

DEAR ABBY — My elderly father remarried after my mother died two years ago. He married an acquaintance who is 30 years younger at the courthouse with no friends or family in attendance. He … more

Customer resents questioning when making a store purchase

DEAR ABBY - Is there a polite way to refuse giving store clerks personal information? It seems like every time I shop, the clerks demand email, phone number, even birthdate, and they get testy when I say I just want to complete my purchase. I find … more

Past abuse undermines wife's focus on happy new marriage

DEAR ABBY — I'm 42 years old and in my second marriage. My first husband was very abusive. My second loves me, respects me, defends me and has brought out the best in me. But I don't feel … more

Man waiting in the wings tires of one-way romance

DEAR ABBY - I have been communicating with this girl I work with who is currently seeing a guy she's been with for four years. We have a strong connection and physical attraction, and we have both disclosed our feelings to each other. We … more
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