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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 …


Miss Manners, daughter have edgy side to etiquette

CHICAGO – Even from a distance, through a glass door, she’s instantly recognizable: the imperious gaze, the elegantly arched brows, the signature Victorian up-do that has graced best-sellers for more …


Miss Manners: Give gift of money without offending

DEAR MISS MANNERS: A dear friend of many years has fallen on hard times. She is a single mother and her son will be starting college in the fall. She …


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 …


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. …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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. …