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Man’s mixed signals are confusing

Dear Abby: I’m a 41-year-old divorced mother of two and grandmother of two. I own my own business, God blessed me with my first home two years ago, and I’m happier than I have been in years. I’m writing because I have been seeing a …

Secretly remarried mom still collecting alimony from dad

Dear Abby: My parents divorced 20 years ago. The court approved a mutual agreement that Dad would pay monthly alimony until Mom remarried or one of them died. He has never missed a payment. I have recently discovered that Mom secretly married her live-in boyfriend …

Wedding production begins  with an orchestrated proposal

D ear Abby: Has the marriage proposal become an invited ceremony like the wedding, or am I out of touch? A few months ago friends and family were invited to a beach near Seattle for the proposal. Our grandson and his live-in went for a …

Readers running hot and cold  on toilet brush in dishwasher

Dear Abby: The letter from “Turned Off in Texas” (May 18) caught my attention. While I agree that putting a toilet brush in the dishwasher with the dishes was unexpected and off-putting — we don’t ever want to link the toilet with our food — …

National anthem deserves your hand and heart

Dear Abby: I was criticized recently for placing my right hand over my heart while the U.S. flag was flown and “The Star-Spangled Banner” was being sung. I was told that the hand over the heart is for the Pledge of Allegiance only, when the …

Was daughter’s closet door opened by college mentor?

Dear Abby: My daughter recently told us she is attracted to women. I feel she has been unduly influenced by her mentor/professor at her college, as she quoted this woman several times when she “came out.” My daughter has always been quiet and shy. She …

Family members run for cover from grandma’s talk marathons

Dear Abby: No one in my family will tell my grandmother the reason they don’t call her is she talks too much. None of us is retired like she is, and our evenings are chaotic enough without a two-hour conversation with her. Relatives ask me …

Woman’s helping hand at work  comes across as interference

Dear Abby: It has recently come to my attention that at work I am considered “bossy.” It came as a shock to me. I’m hurt that my co-workers and department manager think of me this way. I know I come on strong sometimes when it …

Church teacher dodging dates should say ‘never on Sunday’

Dear Abby: I am a 48-year-old single male. I teach an adult Sunday school class. Two women who have joined our group have made it plain they would like to have a romantic relationship with me. I’m not sure how to handle this. I’d like …

Near-sighted hostess insists glasses are for her eyes only

Dear Abby: I am severely myopic and can’t see without my prescription eyewear. Yet people continually ask me if they can “borrow” my glasses to read the menu. (I work as a hostess.) Abby, my glasses are not reading glasses; they are my eyes — …

Church teacher dodging dates  should simply say ‘never on Sunday’

Dear Abby: I am a 48-year-old single male. I teach an adult Sunday school class. Two women who have joined our group have made it plain they would like to have a romantic relationship with me. I’m not sure how to handle this. I’d like …

Daughter’s clothing choices should be largely her own

Dear Abby: While I understand “Loose and Baggy in San Francisco’s” (April 23) mother’s wish to get the most out of her daughter’s clothing budget, as one whose career has been studying the social psychology of appearance, I disagree with your response. A girl’s early …

Woman who won’t  keep track of time isn’t worth man’s future

Dear Abby: I have been in a seven-year relationship with “Maddy,” which will probably end soon because she can’t seem to stick to any kind of routine. Maddy is in her mid-30s, the youngest in a large family, and grew up without any kind of …

Breadwinner is out of patience with her dysfunctional family

Dear Abby: I’m running out of energy to compassionately relate with all the addicts and mentally ill people in my family. My mother is an alcoholic. My aunt is bipolar and schizophrenic. She is addicted to and abusing prescription painkillers and anti-anxiety medicines. My husband …

Dear Abby: Teacher surprised to learn of former student’s attraction

Dear Abby: I am a teacher with a dilemma. I have taught for 10 years and connected with thousands of former students.