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Woman planning future may have competition for widower

DEAR ABBY: A friend's wife died six months ago after a 10-year battle with cancer. He was her faithful caretaker, as she was mostly homebound and bedridden. He told me previously that he has had a female friend for the last four years. He didn't say, but I think she comes "with...

Disruptive cousin unwelcome during week-long family visit

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I and our children moved across the country away from our families three years ago. My 9-year-old daughter is extremely close to my mom and sister. Mom wants to take a road trip and spend a week with us. We are all excited, since we haven't seen them in...

Newly sober mom regrets pain she caused her family

DEAR ABBY: After smoking marijuana for 20 years, I quit two days ago. My head is starting to clear now, and things are coming into focus. I missed so much, and I feel terrible about it. How many times did I say no to my kids because I was lazy? How many times have I yelled...

Deleted texts to new friend arouse wife's suspicion

DEAR ABBY: My husband is currently at a job that, at first, he complained was a "drag." It later became a place he seemed to be OK working at. A new male employee was hired — a man who is on his second marriage — and he became friendly with my...

Early lesson in social grace helps overceome initial shyness

DEAR ABBY: When I was a young adult, I had difficulty speaking with strangers. I recall, some years later, attending a party in honor of someone I truly admired. Most of the people there didn't know each other. Someone had the bright idea for each of us to tell how we knew the honoree. We...

Sobering up changes dynamics of wife's closest relationships

DEAR ABBY: I know I have been blessed with wonderful relationships in my life. I have been married to the same lovely man for 25 years. I am also fortunate to have had the same best friend for 40 years. The problem? They drink. Because of past behavior, I decided to get...

Retail workers endure unfair abuse from angry customers

DEAR ABBY: I'm considered an essential employee during this pandemic. I am writing on behalf of myself and all retail workers. First let me say that it is my pleasure to serve on the front line. We are all a little apprehensive, but we feel we are called to help. Our...

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