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Friday, December 6, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Miss Manners: Make amends for past thanklessness

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Let me begin with the worst of it (Miss Manners would be advised to brace herself). I am 20 and have not written thank-you notes for holidays …


Annie’s Mailbox: Generosity faces with lack of thanks

Dear Annie: I consider myself a generous person. I never forget the birthdays of my children, grandchildren or friends. I bring casserole dishes to those who are sick or have …


Carolyn Hax: Time for change in your behavior

Dear Carolyn: I’ve been in a relationship for three years with a wonderful man. At the beginning, I was deliriously happy. Recently, though, my boyfriend is acting differently toward me …


Annie’s Mailbox: Parents perplexed by adult kids’ snub

Dear Annie: You often print letters from older parents dealing with rejection from their adult children. This is literally an epidemic everywhere. Anger and hatred are destroying families. My husband …


Annie’s Mailbox: Husband behaving like compulsive buyer

Dear Annie: For the past several years, my husband has taken out a new credit card each January and maxed it out over the next 12 months. This has resulted …


Miss Manners: ’Tis the season to be generous

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am in a quandary about giving a Christmas present to my cleaning lady. I had to cut her hours back from every other week to once …


Carolyn Hax: Fit future together reason to nag spouse

While I’m away, readers give the advice. On begging, pleading, nagging a mate to adopt healthier habits: Over the years, I have also come to the conclusion you have: My …


Annie’s Mailbox: Ask family to help with holiday meal

Dear Annie: When my mother-in-law was still living, I always helped her organize the holiday meals. After she died, I began doing it myself. I always plan a nice dinner. …


Carolyn Hax: Comments from friend about behavior seem petty

Hi, Carolyn: My best friend, who is also my roommate, sometimes makes comments to me such as, “You act so different around X group of friends,” even though there have …


Annie’s Mailbox: After 18 months, he fell out of love

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for only 18 months. Things were blissful for the first year, and then things took a drastic change. One day, he …


Annie’s Mailbox: If molested in past, seek quality therapy

Dear Annie: I am a woman in my mid-30s, and think I may have been molested when I was young. I have little memory of my childhood up until age …


Miss Manners: Advise grandparents for appropriate gifts for kids

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Over the years, the gift-giving experience of grandparent to granddaughter has developed into a kind of predictable dance: A grandparent will call us and note that granddaughter’s …


Carolyn Hax: Brother, wife ditch family gift exchange

Carolyn: I’m pretty annoyed and appalled at my brother, “Ted,” and his wife, “Lisa,” regarding Christmas and I’m wondering how to approach them. On our side of the family there …


Annie’s Mailbox: OK to speak up when texting doesn’t stop

Dear Annie: My husband and I agree that it is bad behavior to use one’s cellphone while in the company of others, unless it’s an emergency. However, he even thinks …


Miss Manners: Am I too talkative? How can I tell?

DEAR MISS MANNERS: How can one know if she is talking too much or being talkative? I like to think I’m funny and engaging, that I tell a good story …


Annie’s Mailbox: Siblings include ex in family events

Dear Annie: In 1988, I had a wife and three beautiful children. Then my wife decided to be “liberated.” She wanted to spread her wings and be independent. She engaged …


Carolyn Hax: Spouse, not MIL, needs compassion

Dear Carolyn: As I write, my husband is halfway across the country taking care of his ailing mother. We have had a terrible “text” fight over the past few days, …


Annie’s Mailbox: How to handle gossipy supervisor

Dear Annie: My supervisor rarely states his desires clearly. But if I take the initiative or ask him to clarify, he makes me feel like an idiot. He is condescending …


Annie’s Mailbox: Others’ predictions irk divorced dad

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been separated for four years. We have joint custody of our beautiful 8-year-old daughter. “Lizzie” spends half the week with me and the …


Miss Manners: Banter around holiday table about bonding

DEAR MISS MANNERS: What is proper holiday dinner conversation when the age ranges and marital statuses are mixed? I am a single aunt who is outgoing, not introverted at all, …


Carolyn Hax: Son’s dropped communication bruising grandpa’s dignity

Dear Carolyn: I need help in handling my son and his wife, so I can keep my dignity and still see my grandchild. Son and Wife are in their mid-40s, …


Annie’s Mailbox: Sister is having memory issues

Dear Annie: Over the past 10 years, I have noticed that my sister’s memory has become very confused. She often has false memories, believing something that happened to a friend …


Miss Manners: Connect with nephew away from football

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I hope to find a way to gracefully decline repeated attempts by my sister at getting me to attend all of my 15-year-old nephew’s football games. I …


Annie’s Mailbox: Try Al-Anon to help deal with brother

Dear Annie: My brother “Nathan” moved into an apartment with my other brother, “Steven,” who lives with his girlfriend and her son. Nathan has an alcohol problem that already caused …


Carolyn Hax: Patience needed to deal with parents

Dear Carolyn: I am in my 30s and live on the opposite coast from my family. We speak about once a month and exchange casual emails. Our relationship is generally …


Annie’s Mailbox: Follow basic rules for handicapped stall

Dear Annie: I have been disabled for several years. I have a hip problem and arthritis in both legs, so I need to use the handicapped toilet stall because of …


Annie’s Mailbox: Dad has message for grown kids

Dear Annie: Please permit me to use your column to address my grown children. Dear Kids: Father’s Day and my birthday have come and gone, and I didn’t hear a …


Carolyn Hax: Deal with MIL’s demands like adult

Good Morning Carolyn: I’m hoping my debacle makes it to your column because I desperately need sound impartial advice! Each year, my mother-in-law sends out a holiday “letter” updating her …


Annie’s Mailbox: Ask son to send text when he leaves town

Dear Annie: My husband and I are in our 80s. We have three wonderful kids, all married, who live nearby. We have always been close. The problem is, one son …


Miss Manners: Parents post too many silly kid photos

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am at the age now when my friends have started having children of their own. That puts me in the generation who share nearly every part …