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Annie’s Mailbox: No love, but kids’ father won’t leave

Dear Annie: I have been with “Paul” for the past 10 years, and we have three kids. We never married. Paul was once abusive both emotionally and physically. He got …


Annie’s Mailbox: Get rid of those hot thoughts about MIL

Dear Annie: I am a 25-year-old who has been married for a few years, and I still love my wife as much as the day I met her. The problem …


Annie’s Mailbox: Ask wife to cease e-mails to old flame

Dear Annie: I’ve been married to “Julia” for 30 years. Last November, she was contacted by an old boyfriend through a reunion website. Since then, they have been trading e-mails …


Annie’s Mailbox: Adult taking a risk by dating teenager

Dear Annie: My 21-year-old son, “Charlie,” a college junior, is dating a 16-year-old high-school sophomore. His father and I are sick with worry. We sat Charlie down and explained that …


Annie’s Mailbox: Husband likes dredging up past

Dear Annie: I have been married for 35 years to a man who, at any moment, will bring up things from our past that are very hurtful to me. And …


Annie’s Mailbox: There’s no future in this relationship

Dear Annie: I just turned 50 and have been divorced for the past seven years. I recently moved in with “Duke,” whom I met a year ago. Duke’s job requires …


Annie’s Mailbox: Casket photos were unwelcome

Dear Annie: Several years ago, I lost my mother. After her funeral, a relative handed me an envelope. I opened it to find pictures of my mother in her casket. …


Annie’s Mailbox: Alcoholic’s letter gave reader hope

Dear Annie: Last year around this time, you printed a letter from “Desperate Alcoholic,” the 48-year-old woman who could not stay sober. You then printed a response from a woman …


Annie’s Mailbox: Set rules on nudity at your own house

Dear Annie: My husband and I are in our mid-60s. For the past five years, we have been the guardians of my daughter’s 13-year-old son, “Jake.” When I married 12 …


Annie’s Mailbox: Wife being untrue to saving marriage

Dear Annie: I’ve been married to “June” for nine years. We have two young children. June’s first marriage ended in divorce, and after, she moved in with her sister and …


Annie’s Mailbox: To mother he’s not a drug addict

Dear Annie: My brother has been a drug addict for the better part of 30 years. When he comes off a binge, he usually loses a job, a car and …


Annie’s Mailbox: Tell boss his affair is affecting morale

Dear Annie: I work in a doctor’s office where the husband and wife are both physicians. They have staggered work schedules and aren’t in the office at the same time. …


Annie’s Mailbox: Togetherness with ex is too frequent

Dear Annie: Can you please explain to my husband why it’s not a good idea to play nice guy to your ex-wife on Mother’s Day? He secretly invited his ex …


Annie’s Mailbox: Hope bride tells dad he’s important

Dear Annie: My stepdaughter, “Hannah,” is getting married soon. The problem is, her mother is pushing Hannah to let her stepfather walk her halfway down the aisle. Her father will …


Annie’s Mailbox: Feeling abandoned by her dad again

Dear Annie: I have only known my biological father for 14 years. (I have no relationship with my biological mother.) Dad signed away his rights when I was young, but …


Annie’s Mailbox: Son needs your support after prison

Dear Annie: My 27-year-old son was just released from prison after serving 18 months on drug charges. While there, he was enthusiastic about turning his life around, saying he’d find …


Annie’s Mailbox: Cousin gets petty over belated card

Dear Annie: My wife’s 84-year-old mother lives with us. My wife’s cousin, “Erma,” lives two hours away and occasionally sends letters and newspaper clippings to Mom to keep her updated …


Annie’s Mailbox: Take risk now; avoid regrets later

Dear Annie: I am 18 and have been in a relationship with “Justin” since I was 15. I couldn’t ask for anyone better. Justin would do anything for me. We …


Annie’s Mailbox: Daughter, 25, may be bisexual

Dear Annie: Is it unusual for a 25-year-old to not know her sexual orientation? In her senior year in high school, our daughter told us she thought she was gay. …


Annie’s Mailbox: Don’t push spouse; rather, offer to help

Dear Annie: I have been married to “Archie” for 20 years. He used to be self-employed, but the business wasn’t going well, so he got a regular job. He worked …


Annie’s Mailbox: You can visit; he can attend funeral

Dear Annie: My husband and I have many elderly relatives who live in other states. Due to the costs of airline tickets, hotel rooms and car rentals, we don’t visit …


Annie’s Mailbox: Let pot-smoker son see the world

Dear Annie: Our 20-year-old son, “Kevin,” worries us terribly. He was kicked out of college because of marijuana use and for the past year has couch-surfed, backpacked and hitchhiked. He …


Annie’s Mailbox: Blinds will block his buff workouts

Dear Annie: My husband, “Joe,” turned 40 last summer. His cholesterol, blood pressure and weight are higher than they should be, and his doctor suggested he lose 20 pounds. I …


Annie’s Mailbox: Fixation on ex calls for therapist

Dear Annie: I’ve been divorced for five years. Immediately after the papers were signed, I met “Matthew.” We dated for a few months. The chemistry was perfect, but then he …


Annie’s Mailbox: Befriend fiance’s clingy mother

Dear Annie: After four years, I finally got engaged to “Thomas.” I love him with all my heart. Thomas is 50 years old. Until last year, he lived with his …


Annie’s Mailbox: Forgive him and let past affair go

Dear Annie: I am a 64-year-old woman, and my husband is 65. We have been together for 45 years. Until recently, I thought we had the perfect marriage. However, when …


Annie’s Mailbox: Too much, too soon with new man

Dear Annie: I am a 52-year-old widow. My husband died seven years ago, and I had not dated anyone until I met “Jim” at the health club. We discovered we …


Annie’s Mailbox: Hubby’s daughter entitled to estate

Dear Annie: I recently lost my husband. We married quite young, and after 20 years, he had an affair and we divorced. Three years later, we remarried and stayed together …


Annie’s Mailbox: Sex change certain to impact the kids

Dear Annie: I have been married to “Jerry” for 15 years. Four years ago, I discovered he was a cross-dresser. I was understanding about it, and even went shopping, bought …


Annie’s Mailbox: Husband lost her trust at ‘I do’

Dear Annie: When I met my husband, he told me he was separated from his wife. At the time, I was separated, too. It turns out I was the only …