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Annie’s Mailbox: Don’t push spouse; rather, offer to help

Dear Annie: I have been married to “Archie” for 20 years. He used to be self-employed, but the business wasn’t going well, so he got a regular job. He worked …


Annie’s Mailbox: You can visit; he can attend funeral

Dear Annie: My husband and I have many elderly relatives who live in other states. Due to the costs of airline tickets, hotel rooms and car rentals, we don’t visit …


Annie’s Mailbox: Let pot-smoker son see the world

Dear Annie: Our 20-year-old son, “Kevin,” worries us terribly. He was kicked out of college because of marijuana use and for the past year has couch-surfed, backpacked and hitchhiked. He …


Annie’s Mailbox: Blinds will block his buff workouts

Dear Annie: My husband, “Joe,” turned 40 last summer. His cholesterol, blood pressure and weight are higher than they should be, and his doctor suggested he lose 20 pounds. I …


Annie’s Mailbox: Fixation on ex calls for therapist

Dear Annie: I’ve been divorced for five years. Immediately after the papers were signed, I met “Matthew.” We dated for a few months. The chemistry was perfect, but then he …


Annie’s Mailbox: Befriend fiance’s clingy mother

Dear Annie: After four years, I finally got engaged to “Thomas.” I love him with all my heart. Thomas is 50 years old. Until last year, he lived with his …


Annie’s Mailbox: Forgive him and let past affair go

Dear Annie: I am a 64-year-old woman, and my husband is 65. We have been together for 45 years. Until recently, I thought we had the perfect marriage. However, when …


Annie’s Mailbox: Too much, too soon with new man

Dear Annie: I am a 52-year-old widow. My husband died seven years ago, and I had not dated anyone until I met “Jim” at the health club. We discovered we …


Annie’s Mailbox: Hubby’s daughter entitled to estate

Dear Annie: I recently lost my husband. We married quite young, and after 20 years, he had an affair and we divorced. Three years later, we remarried and stayed together …


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 …


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 …


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. …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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. …


His online practice bad for marriage

Dear Annie: I’ve been married for 29 years to a man I adore. We have had our ups and downs, but have weathered the storms because we both believe we …


Mom says blue, teen says azure

Dear Annie: My 19-year-old daughter has always argued with me about everything. I could say the sky is blue, and she would say, “No, it’s azure.” When she was a …


Tell boyfriend it’s time to move on

Dear Annie: My boyfriend, “Michael,” has been irritating me for the past month. He breaks his promises, goes back on his word, bosses me around like crazy and gets angry …


Annie’s Mailbox: Abused brother must seek help

Dear Annie: My brother is smart, nice and a good person. The problem is, he married the worst possible human being. The verbal abuse started eight years ago, and she …


Annie’s Mailbox: Ask for TV-free hour once a week

Dear Annie: I have been married to “Glenn” for 18 years, and we have two teenage daughters. Three years ago, we bought a new home so we could have a …


Annie’s Mailbox: Tell granddaughter you’re disappointed

Dear Annie: I have two 21-year-old granddaughters who live in different states. My son was never married to “Shannon’s” mother, and there are a lot of hard feelings between them. …


Annie’s Mailbox: Suggest she try vinegar instead

Dear Annie: My sister-in-law is overly obsessed with bleach. She uses it to wash dishes, and within minutes before she bathes her two small children, she wipes down the bathtub …