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    DEAR ABBY: Our family and extended family are all highly educated individuals with advanced degrees. My son’s wife didn’t go to college, and while she is genuinely nice, she butchers the English language. Jeanne Phillips  My granddaughter will be learning to talk soon, and I wonder what’s the best way to approach the situation. I don’t want to offend my daughter-in-law, but I also don’t want my granddaughter learning improper grammar. What are your suggestions on how to handle this...
    DEAR ABBY: I have been in a relationship with the same man for 15 years. For the last six, we have been living together. He’s a machinist who owns his own business and works strict hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Sometimes he locks his doors at 5 and works an hour or two later, but he doesn’t call to let me know he is working late. I have told him calling is common courtesy. Sometimes he does...
    DEAR ABBY: “Darlene” and I have been friends for 40 years. She moved to Arizona with me in the ’80s from Michigan. Jeanne Phillips  Her boyfriend drove out and convinced her to return to Michigan and get married, which she did, but she’s always hated Michigan. She raised two girls. I was always called “Aunt” and was considered close. Years passed and the marriage was struggling. I invited Darlene to come and visit to get away for a bit. She...
    DEAR ABBY: “Darlene” and I have been friends for 40 years. She moved to Arizona with me in the ’80s from Michigan. Her boyfriend drove out and convinced her to return to Michigan and get married, which she did, but she’s always hated Michigan. She raised two girls. I was always called “Aunt” and was considered close. Years passed and the marriage was struggling. I invited Darlene to come and visit to get away for a bit. She fell right...
    DEAR ABBY: I’ve been married to the same woman for 24 years. We have been faithful since we took our vows and have never had a reason to stray. Jeanne Phillips  I have looked at her throughout the years and thought to myself how lucky I am to have such an unbelievably beautiful woman by my side. She’s everything I’ve ever wanted and more — intelligent, empathetic and a fun and outgoing person to be in love with. She keeps...
    DEAR ABBY: I am 43, and my boyfriend is 40. He is always at my house, but I can never go to his to sit around and relax. When I get upset about it and want to talk to him about it, he tells me that’s not the case at all. I’m welcome anytime. But when I suggest it, I am always turned down. I’m trying hard to be optimistic, but I have so many negative thoughts about this. What...
    DEAR ABBY: I’m in my early 30s. I live and work in a beach town and visit the ocean often on my time off. I have a large tattoo on my side, and while it’s tasteful and well done, it depicts nudity (an angel). Jeanne Phillips  It’s always covered by a shirt and never exposed at work. While I know we’re living in a progressive era of expression, including body art, I wonder if it’s appropriate to go shirtless and...
    DEAR ABBY: I’m in my early 30s. I live and work in a beach town and visit the ocean often on my time off. I have a large tattoo on my side, and while it’s tasteful and well done, it depicts nudity (an angel). It’s always covered by a shirt and never exposed at work. While I know we’re living in a progressive era of expression, including body art, I wonder if it’s appropriate to go shirtless and display edgier...
    DEAR ABBY: My girlfriend and I have been separated for nearly a year. Prior to this we dated for nearly four years. Jeanne Phillips  After her mom passed, she fell into a depression and was grieving deeply. I went to see her and she said it was over. We’ve had some contact, but it has dwindled to nothing. I brought my cat into the relationship, and now she won’t give it back. She isn’t answering my phone calls or texts....
    DEAR ABBY: I’m in high school. My boyfriend lives across the country in a different state. He is a teenager, too. I have asked people for advice about this before and mostly gotten the same answer. They say, “Wait ’til you’re older,” or, “Your mom is just looking out for you.” I don’t believe it. So I’m asking for advice on how to tell my mom that I’m in a long-distance relationship, and I would like to meet him in...
    DEAR ABBY: My longtime friend “Bonnie” and I have been reconnecting during COVID, mostly via text and video chatting. Jeanne Phillips  She’s recently moved back to my area (she’s in the military), so we spent a weekend together helping her move in. It was exhausting and stressful, and her drinking concerned me. I know drinking is prevalent in the military, and as a relatively high-ranking officer, she’s under a lot of pressure all the time. I’m more aware of it...
    DEAR ABBY: My longtime friend “Bonnie” and I have been reconnecting during COVID, mostly via text and video chatting. She’s recently moved back to my area (she’s in the military), so we spent a weekend together helping her move in. It was exhausting and stressful, and her drinking concerned me. I know drinking is prevalent in the military, and as a relatively high-ranking officer, she’s under a lot of pressure all the time. I’m more aware of it because my...
    DEAR HARRIETTE: I am a mother of two spending quarantine with my husband. My daughters are college-aged and living on their own. We have a large extended family that is used to seeing each other often throughout the year. Harriette Cole  We’re trying to spend time together as a family during quarantine through Zoom celebrations of Jewish holidays. However, my sister is not religious and doesn’t want to participate because we’re celebrating religious holidays. How do we communicate to her...
    DEAR ABBY: Three years ago, I found out my husband had sexually abused one of his nieces. He took a lie detector test, failed it and confessed. Learning the truth was devastating, and I felt like a fool for having believed him. Jeanne Phillips  We have two children together, both teenaged boys. I had to give my boys the bad news about what their father had done and the reason I could no longer be with him. He had to...
    DEAR ABBY: Three years ago, I found out my husband had sexually abused one of his nieces. He took a lie detector test, failed it and confessed. Learning the truth was devastating, and I felt like a fool for having believed him. We have two children together, both teenaged boys. I had to give my boys the bad news about what their father had done and the reason I could no longer be with him. He had to move out...
    DEAR ABBY: After a long and successful life, my uncle recently passed away. He was married to my mother’s sister. Jeanne Phillips  During one of our phone calls, my aunt told me she and my cousins had written his obituary and that it would be published soon.  To my shock and dismay, I located the obituary and discovered that my sister and I were not mentioned as his niece and nephew. I am still terribly hurt. Why would they do...
    DEAR ABBY: I have a wonderful husband of almost 20 years and two teenage children. My husband is incredibly hardworking in his stressful career and has provided a very comfortable life for us. The trouble is, he puts work ahead of any self-care. He works most waking hours, doesn’t eat well, exercises rarely, is overweight — the list goes on. When I ask/encourage/nag him to make positive lifestyle choices, he reminds me of the life insurance he has and turns...
    DEAR ABBY: I met a man many years ago. Shortly afterward, my husband passed away. I was in a tough spot, and this man came to my rescue. He offered me a place to live, but I refused. Jeanne Phillips  After a few months, I started receiving love letters from him. I carefully answered them, telling him I had gotten involved with someone else, but if it didn’t work out, I might consider dating him. He began showing up at...
    DEAR ABBY: My husband of nearly 22 years and I divorced last year after he told me he didn’t want to be married anymore and didn’t know if he ever loved me. Since our split, he has bought a home with another woman — the same woman I suspected him of having an affair with, and the same woman he encouraged me to befriend during our marriage. (I even took her on a trip to Europe.) Our son is graduating...
    DEAR ABBY: I recently lost my mom. It was very sudden. We were extremely close, and she was the most wonderful grandmother to my children. Jeanne Phillips  My mother-in-law and my husband have a strained relationship that I have struggled to navigate for years. I have always reached out to her and made sure she sees the grandchildren. I have been a little “lost” since my mom’s death, and so have my children. I had hoped my MIL would step...
    DEAR ABBY: I recently lost my mom. It was very sudden. We were extremely close, and she was the most wonderful grandmother to my children. My mother-in-law and my husband have a strained relationship that I have struggled to navigate for years. I have always reached out to her and made sure she sees the grandchildren. I have been a little “lost” since my mom’s death, and so have my children. I had hoped my MIL would step up and...
    DEAR ABBY: Years ago, my wife and I decided together that I would work and she would raise the kids. Well, times and the economy have changed. We need a second income. Jeanne Phillips  Even a part-time retail job would help tremendously right now. I have made countless sacrifices to keep our home and lifestyle afloat. All the while she refuses to pursue anything except what she believes to be “her purpose” or what represents her “best self.” What about...
    DEAR ABBY: I have a daughter-in-law I love to pieces and would NEVER intentionally hurt in any way. I recently had contact with my son’s ex-girlfriend, “Kayley.” She had seen me at church with them, contacted me and came by our house for a visit. She and my son were very young when they dated (high school) and haven’t spoken to each other in years. I stayed in contact with her off and on over the years because I always...
    DEAR ABBY: I’m a 60-year-old woman. My house is on a corner lot. Just about every time I walk outside, a male neighbor of mine stares at me. He looks like a hobo. Jeanne Phillips  I felt bad for him, so when he came to the edge of his yard, I asked him from my deck how he was doing because of the quarantine. He responded by telling me to wear a dress because he wants to have sex with...
    DEAR ABBY: I’m a 60-year-old woman. My house is on a corner lot. Just about every time I walk outside, a male neighbor of mine stares at me. He looks like a hobo. I felt bad for him, so when he came to the edge of his yard, I asked him from my deck how he was doing because of the quarantine. He responded by telling me to wear a dress because he wants to have sex with me! I...