Dear Abby: I was best friends with “Joanne” after we met in middle school. She comes from a conservative Christian family and has three successful siblings. This has made her quirky, media-driven pursuits and city life a disappointment to her family. When we were teens and she learned that I was a straight ally for gay rights, she came out to me as a lesbian, but for years only I and a few close friends knew.
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Dear Abby: Three years ago I gave my adult daughter, married with a child, more than $16,000 to help pay off her debts because she couldn’t pay her bills. She and her husband maintain separate accounts, which I find odd. He pays certain expenses; she pays others. Now I find she’s deep in debt again and needs more help.
Dear Abby: I’m nearly 100 percent sure my husband is cheating on me. I tracked him a couple of times using the GPS on his phone and saw he wasn’t where he told me he would be. I know he has a female acquaintance who lives in the general area of where he was, so I did a little investigating. Sure enough, she lives exactly where he was. I don’t know whether to confront him now, or wait to try to catch him at her house so there will be no denying it.
Dear Abby: Eleven years ago my husband had a prostatectomy, which left him impotent. His sex drive dropped from 100 to zero. I have told him many times I don’t care what he can or can’t do. I have also told him I married him in sickness and health, and if this is the worst thing to happen, we are pretty lucky.
D ear Abby: I am a lesbian, still in high school, who has not yet come out to any friends or family. I want them to know, but I’m afraid to tell them.
When folks moan about embarking on painting their house, they’re usually thinking of the tedious prep work.
One of the great things about reading through old newspapers are the odd little news bits that don’t really connect to anything else. Sometimes silly, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes down-right weird, these are the stories that humanize and give insight to the times. Here are a few of those tales.
Dear Abby: In my family alone, three young women have — by their own admission — gotten pregnant on purpose to get their boyfriends to marry and support them. None of these marriages worked out. The horrible relationships were and still are hurtful and damaging, not only to the children, but also to the rest of the family. I’m aware of several other women who have admitted to entrapping their baby daddy by “forgetting to take their pills,” so I know this isn’t just happening in my family.
Rev. Justin Hoye, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Kansas City, North: It is important to remember that anger, albeit a powerfully aggressive feeling, is not always an inappropriate one. There are moments when we should be angry.
D ear Abby: My husband, “Sam,” and I have been married three years and have a good relationship. He’s a wonderful father and husband, and I really couldn’t ask for much more.
by Kellie Ann Benz
Dear Abby: Two years ago, I met a gentleman, and he eventually decided we were “soul mates.” I agreed. Over time, we shared our life stories, good and bad. I confided that I’d had an abortion at the age of 18, which has haunted me all my adult life.
Dear Abby: I met an amazing man and have been dating him for about three months. It was almost love at first sight. I say “almost” because I was hesitant to get involved since I am his boss.
Dear Abby: I’m retiring at the end of this year after 50 years of full-time employment and I’m very excited about it. Looking back over my life, I see there have been several life-changing events … marriage, the births of our children, buying a home and, now, retirement.