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Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar

A little distance from abusive father may be a good idea

Dear Annie: My father has always been especially unkind to my sister, “Portia.” She always has had behavioral problems, not to mention she is a bit paranoid and has a ferocious temper. Portia also drinks too much and continues to contact her abusive ex-boyfriend. My older sister and I try to show Portia lots of […]

I corrected the grammar of my boss and she went ballistic

Dear Annie: After living and working for 35 years in a large city, my husband and I were able to return to our hometown to help care for our elderly parents. I reconnected with a high school friend who asked me to work part-time in her large, nationally known family business. One of my duties […]

‘I Am the Nation’ a great way to remember the Fourth

Dear Readers: Happy Fourth of July! Here’s one of our favorite pieces, originally written in 1955 as a public relations advertisement for the Norfolk and Western Railway company magazine (now the Norfolk Southern Corporation) and updated in 1976. Although some of the statistics have changed over the years, the sentiment remains the same: ”I Am […]

My ex-boyfriend is pressuring me to get back together

Dear Annie: I recently broke up with my boyfriend of two years. I had been having doubts for a few months and one night he took me out for a surprise picnic. On the way to the picnic, I thought he was going to propose and the only thought I had was: “How do I […]

Brother-in-law’s actions could indicated a medical problem

Dear Annie: I am gay. Two years ago, my partner of 34 years told me that my brother-in-law had touched her breasts inappropriately. I didn’t believe her and we had a huge fight over it. She never confronted him or told my sister, and she has continued to socialize with my family. Last weekend, we […]

I think my siblings are taking advantage of my 82-year-old mom

Dear Annie: My father passed away many years ago and my mother remarried and moved to a vacation home. However, she still owns the house we grew up in and two of my siblings now live there for free. My sister is 60, and my brother is 46. Neither has worked for years. I talk […]

Losing a sibling over something that might be remedied is terribly sad

Dear Annie: I have two sons, both married with children, living in two different states. For several years, my older son “John” has refused to talk to his brother, “Teddy.” I don’t know why, except that John’s wife initiated it. My husband and my sons and their families were at a wedding a few years […]

June 30, 2015 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Leave a reply

I’m running out of patience with my recovering sex-addict husband

Dear Annie: Not long ago, I discovered that my husband of 25 years was living a completely secret life. This life included pornography, voyeurism, physical affairs, emotional affairs and flirtations with hundreds of women he met through his sales job. Many of the women thought he was going to divorce me, even though he was […]

You don’t have to be over friendly to sister’s new beau, only polite

Dear Annie: My sisters and I have always been close, but some changes have occurred this year that threaten our relationship. My youngest sister, “Carrie,” separated from her husband of 13 years and it has been a tumultuous four months for all of us. She began dating again a month ago, and one relationship has […]

Most people want to help but don’t know how to do it

Dear Annie: I used to be one of those people who, when I heard that someone was ill or injured, would say, “If I can do anything to help, please call me.” I meant it with all of my heart, but of course, no one ever called, so I wrongfully assumed they were OK. Then […]

Is it OK to tell my mother-in-law that her husband in cheating?

Dear Annie: My father-in-law “Ron” is having an affair. At first I was not sure, but now I have proof, and my husband has seen his father with this woman, as well. Even my in-laws have told us that they only coexist with one another. I am not sure if my husband’s mother knows of […]

It’s common for spouse-deafness in many marriages

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for nine years. When we were dating, we had the best conversations. He would remember events that happened in my life and would follow up with questions later. He talked about things going on in his life and would include me in the conversation, asking my […]

Tellers are accepting tips from my dad. Is this permitted?

Dear Annie: My father is starting to have trouble managing his banking. He has a decent fixed income, but somehow, he is now living from one check to the next and he’s getting costly overdrawn notices. I have started to write out his bills, and I try to keep his checkbook balanced. Last week, I […]

I’m afraid to tell my wife of my desire to cross-dress

Dear Annie: I am 50 years old. After 10 years of marriage, I feel I must tell my wife of the reason for my declining ability to perform in the bedroom. After three months without intimacy, she requested that I see a doctor and I agreed to do so. However, what she doesn’t know is […]

June 23, 2015 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Leave a reply

Gap year was a great solution for our 21-year-old son

Dear Annie: Last year, our 21-year-old son took a break from college and lived at home. I am amazed by the number of people who thought this was unacceptable and said they would never allow a child to take a year off of college. Here’s my perspective: High school graduation is like taking your 18-year-old […]

Having a caring father is one of life’s great joys

Dear Readers: Happy Father’s Day to all of the men in our reading audience who have had the pleasures and responsibilities of raising children. This includes fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers and those who have stepped in as father figures for children who need them. Bless you all. Having a caring father is not only one of […]

Our sister thinks we are wrong to divvy up mom’s belongs

Dear Annie: My mother had a stroke seven months ago and now cannot walk, read or speak. She will never be able to return to her house, which will need to be sold should she run out of money for the care facility in which she now lives. Her house sits exactly as she left […]

My friend never lets me pick the movie we are going to see

Dear Annie: For the past 20 years, a good female friend of mine and I have gotten together every few weeks for walks, lunch and movies. The problem is, whenever we go to the movies, she always picks. I’m a pretty easygoing person and will see whatever she wants because even if the movie doesn’t […]

Counseling can help woman get over death of friend

Dear Annie: Recently, I insisted a dear friend move into my home so I could help him after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. After a lengthy surgery, doctors managed to remove it. Two weeks later, I took him to a rustic cabin retreat so he could rest. The morning we were to leave […]

Neighbor and her new boyfriend are making our life miserable

Dear Annie: A couple of years ago, my husband and I introduced ourselves to our new neighbor. We helped her catch her dog when it took off down the street and lent her our cellphone when her dog locked her out of the car. We waved hello and goodbye. She told us that her husband […]

Friend duped by larcenous Lothario using online dating site

Dear Annie: My friend, “Josie,” recently joined a popular online dating site after her husband decided he’d rather be single. Josie met several interesting men on the site, and after chatting with them for a week or two, every single one of them asked her for money. She refused. Finally, one asked her to cash […]

June 16, 2015 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Leave a reply

What can I do to get closer to my daughters-in-law?

Dear Annie: I have two daughters-in-law who seem disrespectful to me. The first one only visits on Christmas day. Yet she has no problem calling when she wants me to take her kids to a doctor’s appointment or pick them up from school. The other one does the same, but her excuse is that they […]

When brother comes home from college he acts like a kid

Dear Annie: When my brother “Steve” comes home from college, he stays up until 3 a.m., sleeps until 2 in the afternoon, and leaves his chores and homework until the very last minute. I don’t understand why he doesn’t keep a regular sleep schedule or take care of his homework and other chores early in […]

Ungrateful bride failed to thank anyone in wedding party

Dear Annie: A good friend of mine was recently married, and I was her maid of honor and happy to do it. The bride had only one other woman in her bridal party, a high school classmate who now lives halfway across the country. That meant all of the bridal party duties became my responsibility. […]

My husband threatens to disinherit me when we argue

Dear Annie: Two years ago, I married “Will.” We were both widowed. I had a good job, a nice home and a car. Will was retired and wanted someone to travel with, so I chose to retire in order to spend time with him. He didn’t like my home, so I sold it. He already […]

If you trust your husband it doesn’t matter what his ex does

Dear Annie: I am confused about how to handle my husband’s ex-girlfriend, who shows up at his family funerals and stays three hours at the visitation hanging with my husband and reminiscing about the past. They discuss things out loud with no respect for me. This woman is married, but never comes to these gatherings […]

I can’t stand the way my mom talks about dad now that he’s dead

Dear Annie: My dad died two years ago. He was 73. Mom misses him so much. When we visit, she talks about all the nice things Dad used to do. This makes me sick. When Dad was alive, he never missed a birthday, Christmas, Valentine’s Day or any other important day. He would always buy […]

Teacher upset that school graduates non-qualified students

Dear Annie: Graduation is coming up, and I don’t know what to do. You see, most of the seniors aren’t qualified to graduate at all. Some of them have been truant for half of the years they were here. At least 15 seniors were absent from class for their entire senior year, and at least […]

June 09, 2015 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Leave a reply

Loving someone always involves the risk of being hurt

Dear Annie: I’ve been good friends with “Barney” for 10 years. During that time, we’ve had an on-and-off romantic relationship. For years, I assumed it was a timing issue, but I finally realized that, as much as he might care about me, I was just being used to fill up time between women. I felt […]

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