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Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar

My son can’t forgive me for not leaving my abusive husband

Dear Annie: Twenty five years ago, my youngest son, then 18, quit the job he had had for four years. They had promised him an assistant manager job and when he turned 18, but did not follow through. After that, he would not look for a job or even help around the house. His dad […]

I’m so tired of being ignored by my husband I am almost suicidal

Dear Annie: All of my life, I’ve heard about the “golden years.” Why are mine only black and gray? I have been married to my husband for 40 years. He has not been sexually capable for half that time. I understand that, but he also does not want to kiss me, hold me, talk to […]

February 06, 2016 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 2 Replies

My mother-in-law thinks I’m jealous of my husband’s ex

Dear Annie: My mother-in-law has a decor that was personalized for her by my husband’s long-term ex-girlfriend. Every time I go to her house, it’s the first thing I see and it really bothers me. The problem is, I don’t feel I can say anything to her because after all, it’s her house and the […]

How can I steer the conversation away from kids, grandkids?

Dear Annie: I live in the same town as two friends from high school. One of these friends married right out of high school and starting having children. My other friend and I both went to college together, and then she also married and started her family. Neither of these women had a career outside […]

After 25 years of marriage, my wife suddenly hates me

Dear Annie: I know I have my faults, but I can’t figure out why my wife suddenly hates me. She has said so. We have been married for 25 years and it’s like a light switch flicked. At first, I didn’t quite get it and didn’t respond well (arguing and shouting at her). But when […]

My mother is smothering me with her concern over my health

Dear Annie: I have epilepsy with very minor seizures that occur roughly once every three weeks. Because I am currently unemployed, I am forced to live at home with my parents as I search for another job. Even though I am over 30, my mother wants me to stay at home unless I have a […]

February 02, 2016 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | 1 Reply

Good idea to put certain things in writing for house sitters

Dear Annie: I was going out of town on business for a week, and a couple I know jumped at the chance to house sit. I offered to let them stay at my place in exchange for taking care of my cat. I asked in advance what staples they would want, so they wouldn’t have […]

February 01, 2016 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Nationwide call goes out to honor hospitalized veterans

Dear Annie: Thank you once again for providing me the opportunity to reach out and thank our citizens for the care and support they provide to our veterans. Each year, Americans participate in the National Salute to Veteran Patients by visiting and volunteering at the Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities and by sending letters […]

My wife wants me to put on weight to make her feel better

Dear Annie: I’m at my wits’ end with my wife of 30 years. I think she’s delusional. I am five years older than she is, but she insists that she looks older. She claims she is fat and ugly, so she no longer wants to go out with friends, go to a movie or out […]

January 30, 2016 | Posted in Seniors | 1 Reply

Praying won’t keep woman’s fiance from gambling, drinking

Dear Annie: My fiance and I became engaged a year ago. He has many good qualities: He is really sweet most of the time, and he is a good provider. He takes me on nice trips and buys me lovely presents. He even rubs my feet and cooks for me. However, there are three bad […]

I regret settling for a cold, unfeeling ‘robotic’ husband

Dear Annie: When I met my husband many years ago, he had just returned from Vietnam. His mind was shaky, and he was a chain smoker and a serious alcoholic. We have maintained a comfortable, peaceful relationship. I could not tolerate drunkenness, so he stopped. But what seemed left was an unaffectionate, unemotional robot. He […]

January 28, 2016 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

I’m worried that the man I had affair with is stalking me

Dear Annie: Several years ago, I had a much talked about affair with an older married man at my office. It lasted for several years. I was single at the time, and I met him at a very low period in my life. He told me I was smart, pretty and fun to be with. […]

Is it spousal abuse if husband won’t get a job?

Dear Annie: I’d like to know if this is considered spousal abuse. A young couple become born-again Christians. The husband decides he wants to go back to school to become a minister. He quits his corporate job and moves his family out of state. His wife supports him and the children for four years as […]

January 26, 2016 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | 3 Replies

How can I get my diabetic friend to make healthy choices?

Dear Annie: A friend of mine has Type 2 diabetes and an eating disorder. Recently, she visited the doctor and her blood pressure and blood sugar levels were extremely high. The doctor spoke to her about the consequences of her diet, and after the visit, she spoke to his nurse. She was told that if […]

January 25, 2016 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Inability to have a baby is putting a strain on marriage

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been trying to conceive for three years, with no luck. I’ve tried almost everything there is over the counter, and I can’t seem to bring myself to see a doctor. I’m afraid he’ll tell me there is something wrong with one of us and we’ll resent each other. […]

January 24, 2016 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

I’m ready to give up on my one-sided sexual relationship

Dear Annie: I’ve been with a wonderful gentleman for several years. Our biggest issue is that he has no idea how to make love. At the beginning of our relationship, I would try to guide him on what felt good to me. He was a little clumsy about it and gradually lapsed into thinking a […]

How can I get my husband to stop complaining about aches, pains?

Dear Annie: Please help me before I pull my hair out. I am 40 and have been married for the last eight years to a man I love more than I thought possible. We have a good relationship. We are open and talk often. My dilemma is that he complains all the time about aches […]

How can I tell the woman I’m dating to stop incessant talking?

Dear Annie: I am a healthy, active, 68-year-old divorced man, still employed and productive. About a year ago, I met “Caroline,” a pleasant, generous, compatible woman, and have since enjoyed her company on a regular basis. We spent Christmas together in Europe. It was lovely. Unfortunately, there is one problem that drives me crazy: Caroline […]

I don’t think I’m disloyal when I tell mom that my wife is unhappy

Dear Annie: You must know that for every letter that you get, you only hear half of the story. I read the letter from “Wife on the Outside,” who said her husband talks to his mother negatively about her. I hope that my wife reads that and follows your advice to go to counseling. I […]

I feel like a charity case because I can’t reciprocate brother’s gifts

Dear Annie: My half-brother and his wife are old enough to be my parents. He is quite well-to-do and so are his children. I am only six years older than his oldest child and have always felt more like one of his kids than his sister, especially after my parents died. However, I am never […]

January 30, 2016 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

I want to settle down but don’t seem to attract the right guys

Dear Annie: I am a 23-year-old female who recently moved to a new town. I have met a few guys, but it never seems to go anywhere. I can’t seem to find someone who wants anything more than sex. I used to sleep around, but I’m more mature now, and I value myself enough not […]

January 18, 2016 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 2 Replies

My mother, siblings make me feel guilty for wanting to move out

Dear Annie: When my father passed away, I moved in with my mother to help with her bills. Five years later, I’ve paid off her mortgage and continue to live with her and pay her utilities. I now have the opportunity to purchase my own home. At age 33, I feel I need my own […]

If neighbor parks in front of your house, park in front of theirs

Dear Annie: I read with great interest the letter from “At My Wits End,” whose rude neighbors take up too many parking spots on her street. We had a similar situation a few years back. After several attempts to resolve the problem, I waited until the street was empty of cars due to street cleaning. […]

January 16, 2016 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 4 Replies

My husband told me he is bisexual and ruined our ‘perfect’ marriage

Dear Annie: I met my husband in college. He was outgoing, handsome and a star athlete. We now have two beautiful babies and, I thought, a perfect marriage. A month ago, we had dinner with a couple we’ve known for years. One of them said something about “bisexuals,” to which I replied, “There is no […]

January 15, 2016 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

After 30 years of marriage, my wife still won’t help around the house

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been married for 30 years and we’ve had the same problem all of that time. She doesn’t have an outside job, but she doesn’t do much around the house, either. She doesn’t clean and rarely cooks. It is always up to me to tidy up. I am forever […]

January 14, 2016 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

My siblings visit my sister who lives next door, but not me

Dear Annie: Several years ago my brother-in-law died. He had been married to my older sister for 50 years. They had no children. She did not want to live alone, nor did she want to live with a roommate. In order to solve the situation, I sold my home and bought a duplex where she […]

I’m hurt that no one showed concern for my family after Paris attacks

Dear Annie: In October, I visited my family in France. Three weeks after I returned home, the terrorist attacks occurred. My husband was out of town and I was all alone. My family in France, thankfully, was safe. I consider myself a loyal friend. However, only one person called to ask about my family and […]

January 12, 2016 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists

My wife has started to withhold sex after we argue

Dear Annie: I’m 48 and have been married to my beautiful wife for 21 years. Lately, whenever we argue, she will withhold sex. This could be anywhere from a week to three months. And she won’t talk about it. This is putting a huge strain on our relationship. We’ve been to counseling for a year, […]

January 11, 2016 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

‘Granddaughter’ has stopped inviting us to her birthday parties

Dear Annie: Six years ago, our son married a woman with a 4-year-old daughter. We immediately fell in love with this little girl. There is no biological father in the picture, and her maternal grandparents live out of state. We have always told her that we consider her to be our granddaughter, with everyone’s blessing. […]

My sister has spread lies about me to my extended family

Dear Annie: I’m a 70-year-old woman, respectable, attractive, well-educated, retired and totally self-sufficient. I owe no one anything and ask for nothing. The problem is my family. Although I have always treated them with kindness and respect, they are extremely disrespectful and spiteful to me. My narcissistic drama queen “victim” sister, who brags how “competitive” […]

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