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Annie’s Mailbox: ‘Gram’ sad to move from grandkids

Dear Annie: I am a widow in my late 60s. Four years ago, I moved to be closer to my children and grandchildren, and it’s been wonderful. Recently, I reconnected with an old boyfriend, and we have fallen in love. We want to spend what time we have left together. The problem is, I would have to move to his home, which is three hours away. I’m already experiencing tears and hard feelings from my family. The adults I can deal with, but what do I tell my little grandchildren who say, “We had you first, Gram”? How do I make them understand that my love for them will never change and that we can still visit?

Local crop of breweries just keeps on growing

Warm weather must make breweries grow, because they just keep sprouting around the area. Here’s the latest update on the upcoming crop: Red Barn – Agriculture is an apt analogy for this homespun brewery taking shape at Bodacious Berries, Fruits and Brews on Green Bluff.

Miss Manners: All professions subject to others’ wit

DEAR MISS MANNERS: For the past 22 years, I have earned my living as a professional musician; my instrument is the viola. I have distinguished myself as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player in North America and Europe. I am on cordial terms with my colleagues and unfailingly polite to members of the public. In no way do I consider myself extraordinary, but I am grateful to find myself working among like-minded colleagues, and I am constantly looking for ways to keep challenging myself as a musician.

Annie’s Mailbox: ‘Lunatic’ granny seeks attention

Dear Annie: My mother-in-law was desperate to have grandchildren, but when our daughter was born, Mom turned out to be a horrible grandmother. During visits to Grandma’s house, our daughter had to entertain herself in a spare bedroom because Grandma’s dogs didn’t like kids, and Grandma wouldn’t lock up her “babies” for the sake of ours. We planned family trips, but Grandma would always cancel at the last minute. We invited her to school plays and recitals, but Grandma said they were boring and told our daughter that she had no talent.

Carolyn Hax: Misdirected anger over memorial gifts

Dear Carolyn: My wife of 40 years passed away in April of pancreatic cancer. I was able to stay home and take care of her the last two months of her life. The local hospice was very involved also, and was a great help to my daughter and me. My wife did not want a funeral, just cremation and a celebration of life later. I informed everyone, and put in the obituary, that I did not want flowers or gifts, but rather a donation to hospice.

Annie’s Mailbox: Guests eat away their welcome

Dear Annie: Several years ago, my brother and his wife moved several states away. When they visit, they stay with us because we have plenty of space. They always offer to pay for groceries and help with meals, so it’s a pleasure to have them. Their three children are now young adults. I am willing to accommodate them because it makes my parents happy. But these kids are not nearly as gracious as their parents. They seem to think I run a hotel and will provide three meals a day.

Annie’s Mailbox: Hubby defensive about Internet use

Dear Annie: My husband spends too much time on the Internet and then gets upset when I say so. Several months ago, I caught him talking to a woman online, and I’m worried it’s happening again. In spite of my suspicions, however, when I’ve checked his activity, I see nothing. (I realize he could be deleting things.) Last night, we went out for dinner, and we weren’t in the door five minutes before he was standing in the bedroom with his tablet in his hands checking his email. When I tell him I’d like him to spend more time with me instead of his computer, he gets angry. What can I do? – My Husband Doesn’t Listen to Me

Miss Manners: No bowing, please, we’re Americans

DEAR MISS MANNERS: In regard to Americans bowing to royalty, I firmly agree with you that bowing in subservience to another person is out of the question. (I would assume that a bow to a Japanese person is different, since both parties bow as a sign of respect.) But what would be the protocol if one were to meet Queen Elizabeth in England? Would the circumstances change if the visit was at her palace vs. a public venue?

Carolyn Hax: After kids, hubby feeling resentful

Dear Carolyn: My wife and I have been together for 16 years, married for 14. We had children late and have two lovely kids. We both never wanted children, and then suddenly she wants a child and I acquiesce, consequently I fall in love with said child. Eventually one child is not enough and we must have another – and do. Now I feel trapped and resentful. I do love our second child, but suddenly really resent my wife. Our love life sucks and is totally up to her. I do try to add romance to our lives with notes, flowers, dinners out; the extra effort seems to matter none. I feel a hostage in my own skin, bed and marriage. I want to scream.