Dear Abby

  • WOMAN THINKS BRIDE-TO-BE'S FRIENDSHIP ISN'T WORTH THE COST

    DEAR ABBY: My best friend is getting married and asked me to be her maid of honor. She has also asked me to buy an expensive dress, host a lavish shower I'm afraid I can't afford and plan a destination bachelorette party. The cost will be exorbitant. On top of this, she has asked me to be her…

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  • Young Couple's Use Of Birth Control Is Long Past Overdue

    DEAR ABBY: My 19-year-old son has been dating the daughter of one of my friends I'll call "Mona." We didn't set them up; they met at some parties. Last summer we discovered they were having sex because "Meghan" thought she was pregnant. Luckily, it turned out she wasn't. They broke up but have…

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  • SCRAPBOOKS FULL OF MEMORIES WILL BE CHERISHED BY FRIENDS

    DEAR ABBY: May I comment about the question from "Unsure in the West" (April 6), who wanted to create scrapbooks out of all the cards and letters she received over the years? My generation (30s) is all about social media. "Unsure" mentioned that all the items she wanted to include were…

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  • ELIGIBLE SENIORS CAN SIGN UP FOR FREE MEDICAL EYE EXAM

    DEAR ABBY: I am an ophthalmologist, and all too often I see patients who have already lost some of their vision because they waited too long to schedule an appointment for an eye exam. Many times the reason was limited insurance or they couldn't afford the co-pay. After helping nearly 1.8 million…

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  • Birthday girl boldly asks guest to bring a second gift

    DEAR ABBY: I am planning to attend a birthday party for my friend "Sophia" who is turning 50. When I mentioned to her that I would be shopping for her birthday gift, she asked that while I was shopping for her, that I also pick up a gift for her friend "Stacy."

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  • FRIEND HAS HARD TIME FINDING A FEW KIND WORDS FOR BAD BOOK

    DEAR ABBY: My friend's husband has been writing a novel for several years. He just self-published it, and it's available on Amazon. He gave me a copy, asked me to read it and enter a great review on the Amazon page. The problem is the book is filled with misused and misspelled words, and there is…

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  • FAMILY'S ANGER OVER WOMAN'S PAST MISTAKES STILL LINGERS

    DEAR ABBY: Two years ago I was involved in an unhealthy relationship for me and my children. Despite what everyone said, I gave him the benefit of the doubt. He ended up assaulting me and my kids. For two months I struggled with depression, and I admit I wasn't the responsible parent I should have…

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  • HOMOPHOBIC BROTHER CHANGES HIS TUNE WHEN DAUGHTER COMES OUT

    DEAR ABBY: I am a gay man who has had a difficult, distant relationship with my only brother, "Bill." He has made many nasty, homophobic remarks, and my partner, "Jon," has been excluded from many family gatherings. Because Jon wasn't welcomed I also did not attend those gatherings, and I endured…

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  • HUSBAND'S 'HARMLESS ESCAPADE' HAS BROKEN HIS WIFE'S HEART

    DEAR ABBY: I just found out that my husband of 30 years is having an affair. When I confronted him, he said: "I have a girlfriend. I can't imagine the rest of my life without girlfriends, so get over it!" Then he told me he has never been faithful, but that he loves me and would be devastated if I…

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  • LEFTOVER LINGERIE STILL LINGERS IN BOYFRIEND'S DRESSER DRAWERS

    DEAR ABBY: I have been seeing my boyfriend for five months. He still has some of his ex-girlfriend's lingerie in his dresser. When we first got involved, he showed it to me and asked if I wanted any. I said no thanks. Now that I'm more invested in the relationship, I'd like him to get rid of it. He…

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  • MOTHER TELLS SON'S WIFE TO GET LOST DURING VISIT

    DEAR ABBY: I recently took my children to spend a week with my mother-in-law, "Bea." Three days after we arrived, my husband flew in to join us. The next day, Bea handed me a hotel room key and told me to take as many of the children as I wanted, but I could not take my husband because she never…

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  • FAMILY'S HARD TIMES KNOCK TEEN OFF TRACK FOR DIPLOMA

    DEAR ABBY: I'm 17 and a junior in high school. My family has recently been hit with hard times. We lost our home and are living in a motel, and I am struggling with depression. I haven't attended school since last September. However, I am feeling well enough to the point where I'd like to start…

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  • EXPECTANT MOM'S DISAPPOINTMENT MORE COMMON THAN SHE THINKS

    DEAR ABBY: When I read the letter from "Undeserving Title of Mommy" (March 4), the pregnant woman who was saddened by the fact that she's expecting a baby boy instead of the girl she had hoped for, my heart went out to her. I was reminded of something I had read about, a condition called gender…

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  • WOMAN IS PUZZLED BY GUY WHO REFUSES TO GET NAKED

    DEAR ABBY: I met a guy four months ago. Our relationship is new and pretty casual for the most part. We like each other's company and spend nights together, but when we're intimate, he keeps his clothes on -- boxers and all. He is only 26, but he has told me about past relationships, so I know he…

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  • BORED AND LONELY TEEN SHOULD FIND HOBBY TO FILL HER TIME

    DEAR ABBY: My 19-year-old sister died two years ago from an overdose. I'm 13. We were very close when we were little, but during the four years before she passed away, my parents didn't want us around each other for fear of her rubbing off on me, and she wasn't home half the time anyway. A year…

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  • LOVE OF WOMAN'S LIFE CAN BE ONLY A PART-TIME PASSION

    DEAR ABBY: I fell in love with a boy when I was 12, deeply in love. We met at our county fair. We grew up together and have remained friends for 30 years. He married and had children, as did I. I am now divorced, but he's still married. Recently our friendship has grown into something more. He…

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  • LONE STAR TRANSPLANT LONGS FOR RETURN TO EMPIRE STATE

    DEAR ABBY: I'm a lifelong New York resident; my husband is not. So when he had an opportunity to move to Houston to be closer to his only brother, he desperately wanted to move. My children are grown and on their own, so no problem there. Although leaving my career, my mother and my children to…

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  • SEX ISN'T PART OF HUSBAND'S HOUR-LONG BEDTIME RITUAL

    DEAR ABBY: "Barney" and I are in our 40s and have been married two years. Barney is a neatnik. His nighttime ritual of cleaning up before bed takes an hour or more. Before we can be intimate, this ritual must be performed, which rules out anything in the afternoon or that's spontaneous. Barney is…

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  • WIFE WEARIES OF SHARING HOUSE WITH MAN'S BAND AND BROTHER

    DEAR ABBY: My husband, "Vinny," and I were married 11 years when he left me for another woman. Eight months later he decided the grass wasn't greener on that side of the fence and came back. Our marriage is better now than it was before the affair. Seven months later his younger brother "Nicky" got…

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  • EARLY CANCER DETECTION COULD HAVE SAVED CHILDHOOD FRIEND

    DEAR ABBY: A childhood friend of mine died from cervical cancer. "Katy" died because she didn't go to her OB/GYN for annual Pap smears. She was a beautiful, intelligent, talented wife and mother who was responsible in every other way. Katy simply couldn't face a pelvic exam because throughout her…

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