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Carolyn Hax: Let son, fiancee sort out the delay

Dear Carolyn: Two weeks before their large wedding, my son’s fiancee called it off with no warning. Apparently she is afraid to get married now, but wants to go with …


Dr. Gott: Nervous about neuropathy

DEAR DR. GOTT: Please comment on neuropathy. How does one get it, what medication treats it, and is it curable? Can it be caused by a broken toe? DEAR READER: …


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 …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: The base side of anonymity

It must have seemed like a great idea at the time. There was this new medium, the Internet, and newspapers were posting stories on it, and someone decided to create …


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 …


Mr. Dad: Soldier faces big changes back home

Dear Mr. Dad: I’ve been deployed in Afghanistan for 13 months and am returning home next week. Being apart from my wife and children for so long has got me …


Miss Manners: Speakerphone spills too much information

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Is it proper to use a speakerphone when there are other people in the room or car? My husband has a hands-free phone system in his car. …


Dr. Gott: Several things can cause cold feet

DEAR DR. GOTT: What are the possible reasons for my extremely cold feet and toes? DEAR READER: There are a number of possible causes, including exposure to cold, hypothyroidism, peripheral …


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 …


Kathleen Parker: A mistake worth admitting

What a difference $2,000 in a lesbian bondage strip club makes. Then again, the latest Republican National Committee scandalita (Press three for Spanglish: “Small scandal”) is, alas, just that – …


Miss Manners: Plenty of uses for extra rooms

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My fiancee and I were fortunate enough to buy a large house with several extra bedrooms. Is there a tactful way to respond to the inevitable questions …


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 …


Dr. Gott: Are earlobe wrinkles accurate diagnostic tools?

DEAR DR. GOTT: Are creases in the earlobe always a precursor to heart trouble? DEAR READER: In a word, no. For more than 50 years (52 to be exact), there …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Ready-made GOP response

Hi, boys and girls! As a public service, I’ve prepared the following statement for Republican leaders to use when some disgruntled opponent of health care reform injures somebody – or …


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 …


Mr. Dad: Stay-at-home plan means big changes

Dear Mr. Dad: My wife and I decided that we want one parent at home with our child full time – at least until he starts preschool. Since she earns …


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 …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Beck’s Bible would be unrecognizable

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness …” – Matthew 5:6 Ultimately, I suppose, what we’re talking about is a clash between the sweet by and by and …


Mr. Dad: Don’t fear the light of your life

Dear Mr. Dad: I was up changing my baby’s diaper last night and saw green sparks shooting out of it. I called my wife in to show her, but it …


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 …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Evil comes in all forms

Evil is not a color. It has no particular religion nor creed, nor style of dress, nor gender nor geographic home. One hopes we learn at least that much from …


Kathleen Parker: Female leaders resist ‘victim’ label

If your impression of an Afghan woman is of a shapeless, frightened form engulfed in yards of heat-trapping fabric, you haven’t met Shafiqa Quraishi. Make that Colonel Quraishi, who earned …


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. …


Kathleen Parker: Sweet deals make bill fatter

Skipping through the Candy Land of the health care bill, one is tempted to hum a few bars of “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.” What a deal. For deal-makers, that …


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 …


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 …