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Annie's Mailbox for 12/2/2015

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Dear Annie: Please help settle a dispute between my wife and me. I have been an avid golf player for the past 20 years. After every Sunday game, I come home and wash the golf balls in the kitchen sink. We live in a very modest house, and other than the bathroom, the kitchen has the only other sink.

I refuse to wash my golf balls in the bathroom...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 12/1/2015

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Dear Annie: I am a 51-year-old attractive professional, divorced twice and currently engaged to a 58-year-old man who also is twice divorced. We met online and hit it off pretty quickly. He has a magnetic personality, and sex is great between us. He moved in, and I am supporting him financially until he gets his businesses in order. He has had ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 11/30/2015

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Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for 15 years. During our first year of marriage, he cheated on me with an old girlfriend. I was pregnant at the time. He promised never to do it again.

Several months ago, I noticed that my husband seemed distant, irritable and less interested in sex. We have three children, and I work two jobs and...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 11/29/2015

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Dear Annie: My co-worker, "Carl," has been at his job for 8 years. I've been here for 10. We've never been friends, but that hasn't really mattered until now.

Recently, Carl and I were put together on a team. It turns out, he is one of the most uncaring, egotistical, self-centered, small-minded individuals with whom I have ever dealt. He makes ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 11/28/2015

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Dear Annie: After 21 years of marriage, my husband was enticed by a divorced woman and engaged in an affair. She made it very easy for him and was constantly emailing, texting and calling. This woman knew me and my family, and that we were happy, but it didn't stop the homewrecker from pursuing my husband until he gave in. I realize he is just ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 11/27/2015

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Dear Annie: My 12-year-old daughter confessed to me this evening that she believes she is bisexual. She was quite upset about a comment made by another girl today. I immediately comforted her and explained that I love her, no holds barred. She will always be my baby.

I know your column has recommended some websites for parents and personal ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 11/26/2015

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Dear Readers: Happy Thanksgiving to one and all! We hope you are fortunate enough to be spending the holiday with family and friends, and that you will remember those who are alone and would love to be included with your family.

Our special thanks to those readers who are spending the day volunteering at shelters and soup kitchens. Bless you.

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Annie's Mailbox for 11/25/2015

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Dear Annie: A couple of months ago, I met a guy at a concert and he added me as his friend on Facebook. Except for that one encounter, I don't really know him.

Tonight, I was strolling through Facebook and noticed a very disturbing post he had made. It bothered me so much that I went to his page and saw that the previous two hours had been a ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 11/24/2015

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Dear Annie: I have been married for 50 years and don't think I can stand one more day. The man I am married to was once everything to me. Now, as each day passes, I grow more resentful. I like him less and less, almost to the point of hatred.

He has always been a good provider. He worked while I stayed at home and raised our five children. Back...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 11/23/2015

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Dear Annie: I am six months into a separation from my husband of seven years. (The separation was his idea.) I thought our relationship was solid and was completely blindsided when he told me he felt deserted and lonely.

While I am still hoping for reconciliation, I have recently begun seeing someone else. My relationship with Mr. New is of the...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 11/22/2015

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Dear Annie: My friend, "Andrea," is in her early 20s and concerned about her mother, "Joan." Joan has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and she has abused prescription and other drugs for as long as Andrea can remember.

A few years ago, Joan was put on disability due to a work accident. She used to have a regular doctor, ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 11/21/2015

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Dear Annie: My husband and I raised my three children with very little help from their birth father. He paid no child support and rarely visited them.

Of course, now that the children are adults, Dad is back in the picture. My children are so hungry for what they feel they missed that they've left me behind in the dust. I do understand this on ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 11/20/2015

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Dear Annie: I would like to know why stores allow people to bring their pets inside. I have seen dogs sitting in the carts with their blankets as the owners push through the store. I often see one particular owner at the same store. She appears to like the attention the dog brings, as she stands and talks a lot to anyone who passes.

My grandson...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 11/19/2015

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Dear Annie: My son, "Robert," is 50 years old. He has no contact with his older sister or me.

When Robert was 13, my husband and I divorced. His father was a troubled person. He was a typical old-fashioned European father who believed in physical punishment, and used a belt when disciplining his son. I tried to protect Robert, and this often ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 11/18/2015

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Dear Annie: My in-laws have always caused problems, but things have escalated since my husband and I had children. They live 30 minutes away, but they refuse to visit. When our second child was born, they didn't come to my baby shower or to the hospital. When they finally visited, they didn't even look at the baby. They won't FaceTime to see the...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 11/17/2015

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Dear Annie: While my mother was still alive, she gave a substantial amount of money to my oldest son, "Rick." Everyone but Mother knew she was supporting his drug habit (which he has since overcome). When she died, her will gave equal amounts of money to both of my sons. My younger son, "Chris," was hurt by his grandmother's lopsided generosity ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 11/16/2015

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Dear Annie: I am 17, married, with a 1-year-old daughter. I am doing amazingly well for a teen mom. My husband and I have a house and car, I'm finishing school, and we are both working.

Before we moved into our house, we lived with my husband's father and brother. When my brother-in-law expressed interest in getting a dog, I told him that ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 11/15/2015

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Dear Annie: I have a fiancee whom I love and cherish. She has a 2-year-old son from another relationship and I accept and enjoy this child. The boy's father was physically and verbally abusive toward my fiancee, and I believe the guy is still unbalanced from drug use. He has no interest in being with his son.

A year ago, my fiancee and I were ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 11/14/2015

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Dear Annie: My husband and I were close friends with another couple for 35 years. We took trips abroad with them, attended their parties and invited them to all of our special occasions.

About five years ago, the husband left the wife for another woman. He then retired and moved to a town 30 miles away. We still see him on rare occasions. When ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 11/13/2015

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Dear Annie: I am in a sorority and proudly wear my Greek letters. However, when I go outside the campus, I receive a lot of negative feedback. People assume things about me that are not true, and this can be very hurtful. They think I haze, hang out promiscuously with frat boys, drink, do drugs and care only about getting a "Mrs." degree.

Let ...Read more

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