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Carolyn Hax: Handling ogling mate takes conviction

Hi, Carolyn: My husband and I have been married for 35 years and get along well. He is very affectionate and complimentary to me, but practically goes into a trance …


Miss Manners: Mother looks for things to be offended over

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My son got married two years ago, and please keep in mind that my daughter-in-law and I have never had a falling out. We’ve stayed at their …


Annie’s Mailbox: Help daughter grow up, move on

Dear Annie: I have a pretty, petite 24-year-old daughter who is quite immature for her age. She looks like she is 15. She still lives at home, occasionally helps around …


Homework excuse will keep child at bay

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am a university student living in a semi-detached house with several other students. The couple living in the other half of the house have two small …


Mr. Dad: Blending family takes diplomacy

Dear Mr. Dad: This is my second marriage, and I’m totally committed to my new wife. But even though I hate to admit it, her two kids from her previous …


Annie’s Mailbox: Extreme jealousy needs therapy

Dear Annie: I am an unbelievably jealous woman. I don’t trust anyone around my husband, not even my sister. The root of this jealousy is the fact that several former …


Carolyn Hax: Trust her to resist potential threats

Dear Carolyn: I love my fiancee and want to completely trust her, but she has in her contact list, on her cell phone, the numbers of three previous love interests, …


Annie’s Mailbox: Changing her will breaks a promise

Dear Annie: My father was sick for several years before he died. Dad told me that he and my mother were leaving their entire estate to me, their only child. …


Dr. Gott: Patient’s time is as important as MD’s

DEAR DR. GOTT: I have to make an appointment a month in advance to have a checkup. Then I sit in the waiting room up to three hours, get undressed …


Miss Manners: Humble reader sees the candlelight

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I seem to remember, from way back, that eating by candlelight was restricted to evening dining and not “proper” during daylight hours. Is this the current practice? …


Mr. Dad: Rebellious ‘tween’ needs guidance

Dear Mr. Dad: Our 12-year-old daughter does well in school but apparently hates us as parents. She never speaks kindly to us, refuses any kind of parental authority, and insists …


Annie’s Mailbox: Daughter too old to sit on dad’s lap

Dear Annie: I have been married to “Vic” for 22 years. Our marriage is solid. We have an 18-year-old daughter, “Kara,” who is totally in love with her father. Vic …


Tic Tacs not advised for treating dry mouth

DEAR DR. GOTT: My husband and I have read many times about people suffering from dry mouth. We, too, have this problem, which we think is caused by some of …


Annie’s Mailbox: Do you trust him to flirt online only?

Dear Annie: A few weeks ago, I discovered that my husband had sent a mildly flirtatious e-mail to a female acquaintance. When I confronted him, he admitted he found her …


Dr. Gott: Is colorblindness hereditary?

DEAR DR. GOTT: My best friend is colorblind. Her husband is not. They have three children, two girls and a boy. Her daughters are not colorblind, but her son is. …


Let ex-friendships gently fizzle out

Dear Annie: Five years ago, my husband and I lost our business. In an effort to keep it going, he did some illegal things and spent six months in prison. …


Annie’s Mailbox: Time to say ‘no’ to mom, siblings

Dear Annie: I am sick and tired of my mother expecting me to fix everything. When my siblings get in financial trouble, she expects me to bail them out because …


Mr. Dad: Don’t let child’s rejection get to you

Dear Mr. Dad: I am the mother of a 12-year-old girl. We used to be very close, but she’s recently made it very clear that she only wants to be …


Miss Manners: Don’t give laid-off workers the brush-off

DEAR MISS MANNERS: A large percentage of the U.S. work force for my corporation was laid off without warning. Some of these are colleagues who I am not close friends …


Oldie but goodie works for gout

DEAR DR. GOTT: I am a 72-year-old male who suffered from gout for years, and I mean suffered. My big toe would swell up to twice the normal size. My …


Annie’s Mailbox: Man fears losing kids in divorce

Dear Annie: How do I talk to my adult children about divorcing their mother? I’ve been a good father and tried hard to be a good husband, but I knew …


Parenting comes in many shapes

While I’m away, readers give the advice. On ambivalence about parenthood: I have an odd but maybe useful perspective. I’m over 40 and don’t have children – but friends do. …


‘Friends’ hound ill woman for wedding present

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Several years ago, I volunteered at an elementary school and became friendly with a mother and son who both taught there. My health has since deteriorated to …


Dr. Gott: Painless lump may be repeat hernia

DEAR DR. GOTT: Seven years ago, I had bilateral inguinal-hernia repair done by laparoscopy. Before the surgery, I had some pain on the right side of my groin, but there …


Annie’s Mailbox: Show support for mother-abused husband

Dear Annie: I have been married to my true love for 16 years. “Daniel” is a wonderful husband, a fantastic father to our three boys, a generous and successful businessman …


Annie’s Mailbox: Ask for help with thank-you cards

Dear Annie: I lost my only daughter in a terrible car accident two weeks ago. My friends and family were so supportive. I received many flowers, cards, food and even …


Mr. Dad: Tread carefully with wacko ex-wife

Dear Mr. Dad: My boyfriend’s former wife does not co-parent with him at all. I have seen vulgar e-mails, heard her use foul language in front of the kids and …


Time to flee controlling beau

Dear Carolyn: This year I will be spending all of my vacation time (and money) on traveling for or with my boyfriend’s family. I understand that I do this voluntarily, …


Annie’s Mailbox: Talk to siblings about Mom’s care

Dear Annie: After a botched operation left her bedridden for months, my mother has to relearn to walk. My father, a loving but controlling person, didn’t want to put her …


Carolyn Hax: If you two agree on it, it’ll be OK

Dear Carolyn: I have been happily married for three years. Because we live 30 minutes from my in-laws, we see them pretty much every week. The problem is my mother-in-law. …