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Dear Abby: Girlfriend deserves to know about man’s abusive past

The emotional and physical abuse has left my life broken. While it may be too late for the police to haul your brother off to prison, you should absolutely talk to a rape crisis counselor about what he did to you. To [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Friend finds gender fluidity a hard concept to swallow

Friend finds gender fluidity a hard concept to swallow The conflict lies in the fact that my religious beliefs and personal feelings are at odds with the notion of gender fluidity. Dear “Phony”: Would you feel the [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Fetish spurs man to badger his wife into smoking again

Fetish spurs man to badger his wife into smoking again Smoking has killed some of my relatives, and Jeremy knows it. [...] every day he keeps begging me to start up again. Give in and start up with this horrible habit [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Teen’s behavior with little girl concerns readers

Teen’s behavior with little girl concerns readers Regarding “Needs a Playmate” (Feb. 15), I agreed with your advice to 7-year-old “Jessie’s” mom to make it clear that what happened was not her daughter’s [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Sweethearts struggling with a 30-year age gap

Sweethearts struggling with a 30-year age gap Dear Abby: I’m in my late 20s and have a male companion who is 30-plus years older than I am. Last time, I was reluctant to become emotional because I was afraid of [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Cross-dresser schemes behind his disapproving wife’s back

Cross-dresser schemes behind his disapproving wife’s back Dear Abby: I’m a married, heterosexual male. Not knowing your wife, I can’t guess how amenable she would be to counseling. How successful is it when they [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Woman needs help moving forward after abusive marriage

Woman needs help moving forward after abusive marriage Between the ages of 18 and 26, I was married four times to three different men. At 27, I went back to college, graduated and became a CPA. Have you any advice [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Mistress starting to doubt lover will ever leave wife

Mistress starting to doubt lover will ever leave wife Dear Abby: I am a 24-year-old professional woman who has been having an affair with a married man for three years. Because of his legal status in the U.S., it could [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Husband isn’t eager to let marriage of convenience go

Dear Abby: I’m in a second marriage, which was only for the benefit of insurance so my husband could get insurance through my employer’s plan. What’s the best way to approach this? I have spoken to him about [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Errand runner is chagrined by size of lunchtime tips

Errand runner is chagrined by size of lunchtime tips Dear Abby: I work as a runner in a law firm, which means I do pickups, make deliveries and do any other out-of-office tasks the lawyers or other staff need. [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: College student living at home is ready to fly after graduation

College student living at home is ready to fly after graduation [...] make up your mind that you are leaving. When you tell them, be sure to say how grateful you are for the love and support they have given you, but [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Husband doesn’t share wife’s yearning to travel

Husband doesn’t share wife’s yearning to travel Because I hate cold weather, I want to live somewhere warm. Help me change his mind about seeing the world before we are no longer able to. Or do you think I need to [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Age is no barrier for man long in love with neighbor

Age is no barrier for man long in love with neighbor Dear Abby: I’m 36, doing very well in business, single and deeply in love with a 58-year-old woman. When I told her I’ve loved her since middle school, she [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Nosy co-worker makes stink over office perfume policy

Nosy co-worker makes stink over office perfume policy The other day, a lady in my office came in and announced loudly that there was a “terrible perfume smell” in the corridor. After what I thought was intrusive [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Dedicated walker tripped up by chatty office co-workers

Dedicated walker tripped up by chatty office co-workers Dear Abby: I have a step tracker. Furthermore, lunchtime is my time to be alone and de-stress before returning to the workday. Staying in the building ensures [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Grandma plays favorites with plan for her assets

Grandma plays favorites with plan for her assets Am I wrong to feel this way? Looking Ahead in North Carolina [...] your mother’s assets are hers to dispose of as she wishes. Dustin lives with his mother and always [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Comments from dad cause childless daughter pain

Comments from dad cause childless daughter pain Dear Abby: I am a 40-year-old childless single woman. Recently, he made an offhand remark that I was “selfish” for not having had any. How do I approach him about [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Man puts out welcome mat only for his side of family

A few months ago, my sister called me at 9 p.m. She was driving through on her way to Florida with her 7-year-old daughter and had been trying for an hour to find a hotel at that point. No, you’re not wrong. Because [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Old friend’s sudden withdrawal hard to get past

[...] when I asked her what was wrong, she emailed me that our friendship “wasn’t working” for her and she wished me well. Around the time she stopped talking to me, she also cut ties with two other friends, and a [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Couple’s parents pressuring them not to have kids

Couple’s parents pressuring them not to have kids Dear Abby: I have been married for almost five years, and my husband and I recently decided to try to have a baby. On top of all the pressure our families are putting [Read entire story]