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Annie's Mailbox for 4/30/2016

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Dear Annie: Can anyone tell me why old men (over 60) don't or won't shower or put on clean clothes?

I have several older male friends who smell so bad that we don't want to be any closer than 12 feet. And they wear the same clothes for weeks until the clothes almost fall off their bodies. When they come to visit, the furniture where they sit ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/29/2016

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Dear Annie: I married my high school sweetheart 39 years ago. She is the only woman I have ever slept with, although I am not her only man.

When our second daughter was born, her new employer paid the hospital bill. I never suspected anything then, but she started working late and going out for drinks while I stayed home and took care of the ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/28/2016

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Dear Annie: Tragedy has struck our family. A cousin killed himself on Easter Sunday. I never thought my cousin would do this. He worked with troubled teens and their families. He was outgoing and strong, and helped others through their own tough spots.

A few years ago, his son died by suicide. Since that time, my cousin struggled with ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/27/2016

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Dear Annie: Young people are ready, willing and able to tackle the world's most difficult challenges, and yet are vastly underrepresented as active citizens, decision-makers and problem solvers. From the third-grader in Detroit distributing meals to the homeless, to the high schooler in Jakarta collecting gently used books to develop literacy ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/26/2016

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Dear Annie: My cubicle is separated by a low wall from "Terri," the woman who works next to me.

Here's the problem: I might be talking with seven other people near me at different times and we could be whispering, but Terri manages to hear the conversation and always has an opinion to add. Every associate who works near Terri has an issue with ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/25/2016

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Dear Annie: I am 15 years old and I love your column. Here's my problem: Ever since I was a little girl, I had one dream -- to become an astronaut. I would gaze at the stars for hours each night, and I learned everything I could from books.

However, my parents have always drilled into me that I was to become a doctor or lawyer. They are very ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/24/2016

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Dear Annie: My husband and I spend winters in a three-bedroom condo in Florida. A month ago, our daughter and her two teenage girls visited. We love having them. Here's the problem: The girls share a bedroom with ample room for their clothes. But by end of the week, no clothes were in the drawers. Everything they had, dirty and clean, was on the...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/23/2016

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Dear Annie: I want to write a letter to all the adult children who enjoy overnight visits to Grandma's house with the kids. We love to have you.

But I have to tell you that Grandma is getting older and slower. She's also caring for Great-Grandma. Oh, she puts on a good show, but the truth is, she needs to rest after you leave. So, I would like ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/22/2016

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Dear Annie: Our only child is 30. "Delia" was diagnosed with serious mental issues as a teen, but with the help of a sensitive child psychologist and an excellent child psychiatrist, she did very well. But as soon as Delia turned 18, she aged out of the child psychiatrist's care. She only sees her new doctor when she needs to refill her ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/21/2016

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Dear Annie: Two years ago, my husband bought a dog from a breeder. It is a designer dog that's supposed to be hypoallergenic, since I have very bad allergies to dogs. (I take medication now.)

Here's the problem: We didn't know at the time that the dog was part of a litter that came from our neighbor's dog. The mother still lives with our ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/20/2016

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Dear Annie: I'm 55 and have been married to the same man for 27 years. Before we met, my husband had been living with "Miranda" for six years. Although Miranda has had many relationships since, she never married.

All these years, my mother-in-law and two sisters-in-law have maintained a relationship with this woman, often meeting for lunch. ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/19/2016

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Dear Annie: I have a different problem with people taking off their shoes. I work in a small office where we have outside visitors on a daily basis. One woman who works here likes to take off her shoes and walk around barefoot. No socks, no slippers, nothing. I think this is totally disgusting, as well as unprofessional.

The managers in the ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/18/2016

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Dear Annie: In the past year, we have been told that two members of our family are gay. One of them is transgender. At the time we were told, most of us were speechless. I did say, "I wish you happy, lovely days ahead." But how would everyone want us to respond? What would someone who recently came out as gay or transgender like to hear? We love...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/17/2016

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Dear Annie: I am the stepgrandma of a 2-year-old boy. "Danny" lives with his parents and an older sibling. I have never been blessed with children of my own, but I taught elementary school for many years.

Danny's behavior seems unusual to me. If he is at my house for three hours, every minute of that time involves him running through the house ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/16/2016

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Dear Annie: "Clean Shoes in Wisconsin" objected to his sister-in-law asking him to remove his shoes in her house. Yikes. Outdoor shoes in the house? The University of Houston did a study and found that 39 percent of shoes contained the bacteria C. diff. In Japan, as well as in many Asian and Scandinavian countries, shoes are removed. It would be...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/15/2016

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Dear Annie: My wife and I have been married for five years and we have two children. In the past year, she has been exceptionally critical and unloving.

I work full time. I also cook every meal, do all of the laundry, clean the house, do the grocery shopping and help with the children. My wife works from home as a private tutor. She pays the ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/14/2016

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Dear Annie: I am a middle school student, and I signed up for drama at the beginning of the semester. I've been working really hard at it.

The problem is, I failed one of my classes (out of seven). Because of that, I am not allowed to participate in drama. I have a speaking role with 17 lines and I don't think they can replace me in such a ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/13/2016

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Dear Annie: I just heard about your contest to write a poem for July 4 that is more balanced, and that mentions women, as well as men. Why would you print something like that in August, when school is out and kids can't participate? It would have been an excellent project for my classroom.

Could you please rerun the original request and extend ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/12/2016

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Dear Annie: I spent two hours on the phone yesterday with a friend who can talk nonstop and rarely requires a response. I have another friend like this, and it's exhausting.

I've seen letters in your column from other readers complaining about this, and you often suggest that the talkers might have a hearing problem. I disagree. These people ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/11/2016

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Dear Annie: My ex-husband, the father of my kids, decided to date my younger sister, who is in the early stages of recovery from heroin addiction. When she wants to see her four children, she has to have a supervisor present for visitation.

My mother and stepfather support this relationship and think it will be good for her. My older sister and...Read more

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