Daughter-in-law is barred from family after robbery

DEAR ABBY: Our son is married to a beautiful girl, "Debra." Several years ago, while we were away on vacation, she entered our home without our consent. (Our son has a key to our house.) She took several expensive, very personal and sentimental items, and we have no idea what...

Mom wants to end daughter's sleepovers with her boyfriend

DEAR ABBY: My 40-year-old daughter, "Marta," and I are widows. I'm retired, and my daughter has a small home-based business. She and her three children live with me. Because the cost of living is high in our city, living together has allowed us to pool our resources and...

New wife's wardrobe doesn't measure up to cousins' taste

DEAR ABBY: My cousin recently married a lovely girl, someone he'd been dating for a couple of years. Our whole family loves her, and she's always been very sweet to us. She's very intelligent and kind, but the issue is her wardrobe. She's pretty but refuses to wear nice...

Advancing age changes man in ways that surprise him

DEAR ABBY: I'm a man in my mid-70s, and I'm beginning to understand why some old people are annoying cranks. It has something to do with the nearly constant physical, emotional and spiritual pain. (And if you're not sleeping well as a result, that only makes things...

Friend wants to be ready when man asks for help

DEAR ABBY: I'm watching the slow-motion destruction of a childhood friend on Facebook. There is substance abuse, infidelity, divorce, the whole lot. It hurts. He recently admitted that he has struggled with depression for years, but insists he isn't interested in seeing a...

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