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Annie’s Mailbox: Tell close friends of gift preference

Dear Annie: My fiance and I are getting married in June. We are in our 40s, and it’s not the first wedding for either of us. I am laid off …


Annie’s Mailbox: Don’t put yourself out for friend

Dear Annie: My friend “Lucy” was like a sister to me. She doesn’t drive, so I took her to all her hair appointments, doctor’s visits, shopping, etc. She hated bad …


Annie’s Mailbox: States should help ex-offenders

Dear Annie: Thank you for printing the letter from “Concerned Aunt,” whose nephew is an ex-offender looking for work. The United States locks up a larger percent of its population …


Annie’s Mailbox: Develop your own reputation

Dear Annie: My husband is an amazing man. He is selfless and has uncompromising integrity. He is well-known and well-respected in our small community. I am proud to be his …


Annie’s Mailbox: Your boyfriend is gay; romance over

Dear Annie: My boyfriend and I are in a long-distance relationship because he’s at college, 2,000 miles away. We’ve been together for two years. At first, everything was fine, but …


Annie’s Mailbox: Talk to estranged dad with a friend

Dear Annie: I have an elderly father with a bunch of serious medical problems. We’ve never had a close relationship. I suspect he could pass away soon, and I would …


Annie’s Mailbox: Make effort to get out more, be social

Dear Annie: I am very antisocial. I don’t go to parties as often as most teens, I hardly ever invite friends over, and the few friends I do have no …


Annie’s Mailbox: Woman’s claim could ruin lives

Dear Annie: My old roommate from college is beginning to cause a huge problem. “Sandy” was promiscuous in school, and there were many nights I crashed on a neighbor’s couch …


Annie’s Mailbox: Ask co-workers to choose new place

Dear Annie: I am a recovering alcoholic with six months’ sobriety. Recently, I was hired at a new company. The job is everything I dreamed of, and my bosses and …


Annie’s Mailbox: Maybe marriage too confining for him

Dear Annie: I have never been married, but would love to be. I have been with my boyfriend for nine years, and we have two children. We live together, share …


Annie’s Mailbox: Mother’s right: Don’t chase him

Dear Annie: I’m a 14-year-old girl who is having relationship problems. My new boyfriend and I just hooked up over the weekend. “Carter” and I go to church together, and …


Annie’s Mailbox: Handyman hubby needs backbone

Dear Annie: My husband seems to be the “go to” guy in his family. He used to do carpentry work, and now his three siblings call on him for all …


Annie’s Mailbox: Ask husband to get a checkup

Dear Annie: My husband’s self-esteem is so low these days that he blames himself for everything. Last week, I was having hot flashes that kept me awake so I slept …


Annie’s Mailbox: Tell boss actions hurting morale

Dear Annie: I work for a family company and am grateful to have a job in this economy. But while we employees have had benefits drastically cut, the owners have …


Annie’s Mailbox: Tell sons budget not what it used to be

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been together for more than 20 years. This is my second marriage. “Tony” has been a wonderful stepfather to my sons. All three …


Annie’s Mailbox: Snubbing him would be justified

Dear Annie: I have been married to the perfect woman for 13 years. If I had to order a wife, it would be her. We have wonderful, healthy kids, and …


Annie’s Mailbox: No more nudity in front of boys

Dear Annie: I am the father of two sons, 7 and 11. At what point do you stop dressing or being naked in front of your children? I come from …


Annie’s Mailbox: Fiance not ready for commitment

Dear Annie: After being a widow for four years, I recently became engaged to “Dennis,” a wonderful man who lost his wife two years ago. They had been married 42 …


Annie’s Mailbox: Domestic violence complex issue

Dear Annie: A young co-worker came into the office last week with a horrible black eye. Her boyfriend had punched her in front of her young children and some of …


Annie’s Mailbox: As longtime friend, lend ear to her woes

Dear Annie: My husband and I are both military. Recently, two of our oldest friends (also military) announced that they are splitting. “Emily” was cheating on “Roger” while she was …


Annie’s Mailbox: Betrayed trust may never heal

Dear Annie: I am 26 years old, and earlier this year I met the man of my dreams. “Stu” is wonderful and caring. However, I made a big mistake. Recently, …


Annie’s Mailbox: Support husband – not his parents

Dear Annie: My husband, “Sam,” grew up in a family that was physically abusive. In order to escape, he joined the military after high school. We live far away from …


Annie’s Mailbox: Talk to son about wife’s stealing

Dear Annie: My son and daughter-in-law are both in their 30s. They have college degrees and good jobs. However, every time they come to visit, I discover things are missing. …


Annie’s Mailbox: Hello?! You’re being betrayed

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for 15 years. We’ve been friends with “Ted and Jane” for almost 20. We used to get together for dinner and …


Annie’s Mailbox: Deadbeat nephew not your problem

Dear Annie: My nephew “Ken” is 29 years old, a high-school graduate and still lives at home with his mother – along with his pit bull that his mother reluctantly …


Annie’s Mailbox: Hard to hear of 30-year-old affair

Dear Annie: I’m a 61-year-old man, married for 42 years, with a great family. I thought I had it all. Recently, my wife told me about an affair she had …


Annie’s Mailbox: Anger at parents’ breakup normal

Dear Annie: My parents are going through a divorce. I have a lot of anger toward my dad because he packed up and left us while Mom and I were …


Annie’s Mailbox: Offer support to son, grandson

Dear Annie: Our oldest son married a beautiful woman from another culture, who then became pregnant with our only grandson, “Seth.” We were warned that “Zelda” was a gold digger …


Annie’s Mailbox: Don’t accept in-laws’ guilt trip

Dear Annie: I live 15 minutes away from my in-laws and see them often with my wife and children. The problem is, when my own family visits from across the …


Annie’s Mailbox: You, hubby must make united front

Dear Annie: I recently remarried, and my husband and I are in the process of moving our families into a beautiful new home. I have an 8-year-old daughter, and “Brett” …