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  • Annie’s Mailbox: Ask daughter what she sees in him

    Dear Annie: My husband and I have a 22-year-old daughter who still lives at home. “Ashley” has been dating the same guy for five years, but we can count on …


  • Annie’s Mailbox: Call police when uncle gets violent

    Dear Annie: I’m 18 years old and still live with my family. A few months ago, my uncle moved in with us. He comes home drunk all the time. I …


  • Dr. Gott: Patient takes a raft of pills

    DEAR DR. GOTT: Recently, on a popular TV program, a person was commenting on addictive drug usage. She was borrowing drugs from other people and also taking what she was …


  • Annie’s Mailbox: Change could start with blood sugar

    Dear Annie: I’ve been married to “Mitch” for seven years, and we have a 4-year-old son. Mitch provides well for us, and everyone at his job thinks he’s the best. …


  • Carolyn Hax: Expect break up after separation

    Dear Carolyn: I’ve been dating my boyfriend for 51/2 years, and we’ve been living together for most of that. He moved across the country to be with me, and a …


  • Miss Manners: Husband wins ‘please’ debate

    DEAR MISS MANNERS: My husband and I have had a long-standing discussion on the appropriateness and politeness of the phrases: “Please” and “May I.” I feel that the request “May …


  • Annie’s Mailbox: Tips to conquer shyness with dates

    Dear Annie: I am 17, a senior in high school and have never had a girlfriend. It seems like no matter what I do, I never can find a girl …


  • Miss Manners: Gratitude according to the script is dull

    How exciting is it to watch a long succession of people saying “Thank you”? If you are the adult supervisor of a birthday party for 5-year-olds, it is probably extremely …


  • Letter could stop blabbermouth

    Dear Annie: My neighbors, “The Smiths,” are new members in the community. Recently, their 8-year-old son went to play at a classmate’s home. The classmate, “Johnny,” closed his bedroom door …


  • Miss Manners: Locker blocked by swarm of preteens

    DEAR MISS MANNERS – I am a 12-year-old girl in middle school, sixth grade. I have a locker right next to this really popular girl. Because she’s so popular, there …


  • Leg pain could be statin-related

    DEAR DR. GOTT: I’ve been experiencing unusual discomfort in my legs. It began when I started to exercise in the summer of 2009. I attributed it to the exercise on …


  • Wife should insist you be included

    Dear Annie: My wife and I are both 54-year-old professionals. We grew up in the same small town, but didn’t begin a romance until our 30th high-school reunion. We were …


  • Carpal tunnel treatments have uneven results

    DEAR DR. GOTT: I am a 64-year-old female with carpal-tunnel syndrome in my right hand. I wear a wrist splint when I go to bed. For many years, it hasn’t …


  • Tipsy son-in-law worries g’ma-to-be

    Dear Annie: My son-in-law drinks too much. Over the years, I’ve seen “Ted” overindulge at weddings, and I notice he consumes a tremendous amount of beer. Lately, my worry has …


  • BYO fish if your host doesn’t mind

    Dear Annie: I am 49 years old and have been a “flexitarian” for 10 years, with fish being my primary protein source. My question is this: When I go to …


  • Many activities contribute to foot pain

    DEAR DR. GOTT: My 63-year-old mother has complained every day for three months about a sore heel. It feels better when I massage it for her, and it also helps …


  • Infatuation-seeker lives in fantasyland

    Dear Annie: My former girlfriend and I dated for 14 months. She is 49, and I am 52. We loved each other, but were not “in love.” While we had …


  • What happens in security stays in security

    DEAR MISS MANNERS – Have I missed some change in the culture of taste and decorum in the last few years? When we leave work, the security checkpoint requires placing …


  • Listen to buddy, advise him to wait

    Dear Carolyn: My friend and his wife are expecting … and separating. The cause of the separation seems to be (significant) “stress of pregnancy” issues that I believe are temporary. …


  • Alternative therapies for tics uneven

    DEAR DR. GOTT: My adult son suffers from Tourette syndrome and obsessive compulsive disorder. Because it is a mild case, it doesn’t warrant some of the medications and side effects …


  • Don’t bring up daughter’s weight

    Dear Annie: My husband and I need some advice on how to approach a sticky situation concerning our daughter. In the past several years, “Tricia” has gained a tremendous amount …


  • Ditch ‘baggage’ or make introductions

    Dear Carolyn: I am about to get engaged, and my close friends and family say I must part with some “baggage” before I do. They say I must stop remaining …


  • Until his death, dad denied son

    Dear Annie: My 94-year-old father recently died. Because I was born fewer than 9 months after they married in 1935, he never believed I was his child. When I was …


  • Stroke and heatstroke not the same ailment

    DEAR DR. GOTT: I would like to know the difference between heatstroke and a massive stroke leading to death. My friend was out most of the day in 85- to …


  • Blandly wish them well

    DEAR MISS MANNERS: What is the appropriate form of congratulations for a couple who have lived together for many years and recently married? When I congratulated two such couples, I …


  • Talk with mom about college plans

    Dear Annie: I’m 17 years old and, in a few months, will be graduating and going away to college. I’m very excited about it. My only concern is my boyfriend. …


  • Get a whiff of these lack of table manners

    DEAR MISS MANNERS – Is it appropriate to smell your food at the table? I grew up in the South and was told time and time again, “You can go …


  • Don’t waste time on negative ideas

    Dear Carolyn: I’m a sophomore in college. I’m trying to break the pattern of settling into a comfort zone and never leaving to try anything or meet anyone new. I …


  • Trigger finger can be treated

    DEAR DR. GOTT: Do you have an archive online or otherwise of past columns? In the past month or two, I think you had a column entry that discussed the …


  • His online practice bad for marriage

    Dear Annie: I’ve been married for 29 years to a man I adore. We have had our ups and downs, but have weathered the storms because we both believe we …