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DEAR ABBY: New job in new state tests strength of men's relationship

posted: 05/24/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

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 his middle and oldest children.) We met one day and have never been apart since.

DEAR ABBY: Lawyer's petition to help friend study is dismissed

posted: 05/23/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

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 has not.

DEAR ABBY: Woman worries lazy fiance will also be lazy husband

posted: 05/22/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

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 house or buy things we need. I have tried lists and constant reminders.

DEAR ABBY: Mother's treatment of wife calls for maternal 'divorce'

posted: 05/21/2017 2:10 a.m. Discuss

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.

DEAR ABBY: Old friend's sudden withdrawal causes a crisis of confidence

posted: 05/20/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

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 inseparable as children; she was the maid of honor in my wedding; and though we've lived 3,000 miles apart for most of our adult lives, we maintained a close friendship through phone calls and yearly visits.

DEAR ABBY: Reluctant grandparents veto couple's plan to start a family

posted: 05/19/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

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 parents and his parents don't want to be grandparents.

DEAR ABBY: Mom weighs telling her son truth about dad's "time away"

posted: 05/18/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

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 will want me to lie and say he needs to "work out of town" for a while, or something like that.

DEAR ABBY: Classic meatloaf is comfort food that warms generations

posted: 05/17/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: My stepmother had a recipe for meatloaf that she found in your column years ago. She made it for us often when we visited and we all loved it. However, we have been unable to locate that recipe anywhere and don't remember how to make it. Could you reprint the recipe for me? We've been trying others, but yours is the best. -- JENNA IN JACKSONVILLE, FLA.

DEAR ABBY: When man is ready to talk, his wife can't stay awake

posted: 05/16/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: As the only income earner in our household of five, I work long hours. Sometimes I would enjoy talking about my day with my wife of 18 years. While she has no problem staying awake to watch TV or going out with her friends on the weekend, she usually falls asleep right in the middle of what I'm saying. It also happens in the car while I'm driving.

DEAR ABBY: Ex-friend cast out of social circle dreams of vengeance

posted: 05/15/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: My friend has decided she can no longer tolerate my husband. She feels he doesn't "respect" her. This is far from the truth, in my mind.

DEAR ABBY: With parents gone, truth can be told about brothers' crimes

posted: 05/13/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: I have known for a long time that once both of my parents were gone, I would cease contact with my brothers. My problem is how to explain it to other family members and friends. I don't want to go into the details about my reasons. I feel it would hurt my parents if the truth were out.

DEAR ABBY: Emotional intensity of work leaves man drained at home

posted: 05/12/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: When I was in my 20s I chose a career whose long-term effects I hadn't anticipated. I am charged with telling people they are dying and watching them die on a daily basis. While I know I am good at it, it leaves me emotionally drained.

DEAR ABBY: Parents refuse to confront reason their son is bullied

posted: 05/11/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: We have some great friends we have known for five years. Our families enjoy time together, and although the friendship started through our kids, I now get together with the other mom outside of kid-related activities. Her son, "Michael," and my daughter (ages 12) are best friends in middle school, and I truly care for him, as well as his family.

DEAR ABBY: Mom takes needless risks following her son’s suicide

posted: 05/10/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

Dear Abby: My fiancee has a death wish. She recently lost her youngest child to suicide. She’s in pain and rarely has a good day. She suffers from PTSD and relives the scene in her mind daily.

DEAR ABBY: Woman wonders if opposites can move beyond attraction

posted: 05/09/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: I have been in a two-year relationship with a man who is loving and intelligent. We have talked about marriage since the beginning. I have traditional values, while he doesn't believe the institution of marriage is necessary.

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