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Grieving daughter anticipates each mother’s day with dread

 April 20, 2014; Updated: 2:10 pm

DEAR ABBY: It has been a year since my mother passed away. The month of February was especially tough because it was the month of her birthday and also the month in which she died.

Mother's Day will be here soon, and I'm already...


Teenage girl’s boyish figure is often deceiving to others

 April 19, 2014; Updated: 4:59 pm

Sometimes when someone addresses me with a male pronoun or in some other way mistakes me for a male, I'm too nervous to correct them. Is there a clever or witty way to correct the mistake?

- Not a boy in Brooklyn, N.Y.



Assistant’s gruff attitude needs to be smoothed out

 April 18, 2014; Updated: 5:25 pm

DEAR ABBY: How do I deal with an assistant who keeps calling me a "brownnoser"? She did it again yesterday at a staff meeting in front of my boss and another assistant. It was the third time she has said it. She is gruff and rude, and...


Father of four is selfish to put his health at risk

 April 17, 2014; Updated: 4:33 pm

DEAR ABBY: I am a 34-year-old wife and mother of four. I'm concerned about my husband. He is 44 and drinks at home every evening after work.

I don't mind him having a few cans of beer, but he drinks between six and 12 a day. He...


Cellphone snoop discovers her boyfriend is cheating

 April 16, 2014; Updated: 5:12 pm

DEAR ABBY: I have been in a long-distance relationship with "Victor" for several years. Recently I began to suspect he was cheating. What raised my suspicion was that I suddenly couldn't reach him on the weekends. Usually we would Skype -...


Signs of an abuser apply to women as well as men

 April 15, 2014; Updated: 4:22 pm

DEAR ABBY: I read your Jan. 8 column about the warning signs of an abuser. Would you use your influence to say that men are also victims of abuse?

My son was in a three-year relationship with a woman who scored 15 out of 15 on your...


Communication online lacks personal touch for some users

 April 14, 2014; Updated: 6:56 pm

DEAR ABBY: I recently exchanged pleasantries via email and text messaging with a lady I met on a website. One day later, I received a message from her stating she'd prefer our method of communication be kept to email and texting because...


Boyfriend heading west may cause girlfriend to move on

 April 13, 2014; Updated: 5:25 pm

DEAR ABBY: I'm in a tricky situation. My boyfriend of four years, "Ian," and I took a break from our relationship for two months because he was scared he'd miss out on the single life. We started hanging out again soon after, and...


Joy of having a service dog is diminished by public attention

 April 12, 2014; Updated: 4:59 pm

DEAR ABBY: I use a service dog, and I'm constantly barraged with requests to pet him. Other people who use service dogs warned me this would happen. Although the ADA does not require him to wear a vest, I bought one for him that reads, "Do...


State of modern marriage mirrors disposable society

 April 11, 2014; Updated: 6:56 pm

DEAR ABBY: My wife and I were discussing our sons-in-law, and young men in their 20s and 30s in general. We were wondering where the attitude of "any money I earn is mine" in a marriage or live-in situation got started.

For the...


Man is patient as independent woman struggles with intimacy

 April 10, 2014; Updated: 5:51 pm

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 27-year-old woman who has never had a boyfriend or been kissed. I was never interested in romance or having a significant other. I felt strong being independent and taking care of myself. Now that I have a degree, a career...


Woman with transgender lover is looking for family support

 April 9, 2014; Updated: 4:20 pm

DEAR ABBY: I'm a divorced woman with grown children. I have always supported gay rights and thought of myself as straight. But a few months ago, I met a woman, "Stephanie."

We hit it off immediately, and I was shocked to learn she's...



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