DEAR ABBY: I have worked in the field of education for more than 40 years, with the last 25 years serving in adult education, helping students complete their high school equivalency diplomas.
When people from other countries come here to study or work, they sometimes end up feeling no one cares about them or wants to be their friend.
DEAR ABBY: I am the mother of a 5-year-old daughter Ill call Mandy. Her father and I separated when she was 16 months old, and now we are divorced. I am newly engaged to a wonderful man and very happy.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Is it possible to be addicted to things other than drugs or alcohol? Or are some of the things we do just bad habits that we could break if we really wanted to? M.D.
DEAR ABBY: Its vacation time again, time to hit the road in the RV. Please make your readers aware that people driving motorhomes, towing fifth-wheel trailers and travel trailers CANNOT stop as quickly as a small car or truck.
DEAR MISS MANNERS: I have at many times read in the paper about people buying meals, etc., for others as a gesture of kindness. I have found myself in situations where I would like to show similar good will, but have been hesitant to do so for fear of insulting the intended recipient.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: My grandmother used to say that the longer we live, the closer well be to God. Is that true? It was with her, because she became more devout as she got older, but Ive known others who just got grumpy and hard to live with when they got old. J.Q.
DEAR ABBY: I am a divorcee with college-aged children. I love my children, and I thought I loved my ex. However, after my divorce I wonder if Im capable of loving anyone other than my children again.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: My neighbor just confessed to me that shes carrying on an affair behind her familys back, and is thinking about leaving them so she can marry her lover (whos also married). I want to help her, but how can I? She claims shes at peace with her decisions. N.N.
DEAR ABBY: I live in Alaska and have good friends I visit every summer on the East Coast. I have some acquaintances and former co-workers who live there, too. Many of them want me to visit when I come down. I have grown apart from these former friends and keep in touch only through occasional emails and Facebook.
DEAR MISS MANNERS: A family friend that my wife knew growing up, but was never close friends with, sent her a notice of her sons high school graduation, along with a picture of the son. Never in all these years did my wife receive any other pictures, holiday cards or even an announcement when the son was born, so this is the first weve known of him.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: My aunt went into a nursing home a few months ago, and whenever I go to see her I come away saddened because so many of the people there are lonely and never have any visitors. Should I encourage our pastor to start visiting there? L.M.
DEAR ABBY: I am a woman in my late 40s and I hate sex. I always have and always will. Im disabled, and it has always been torture. I never got any positive benefits out of it.
DEAR MISS MANNERS: When my mother was visiting for the weekend, we ran into one of my neighbors, who had met my mother once prior. As we were getting into my car, the neighbor waved and said, Hi, Mom!
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I have a friend whos always been the upbeat, optimistic type, no matter what happened. But now shes been diagnosed with untreatable cancer, and its really sent her into an emotional tailspin. What happened to all her optimism? A.R.
DEAR ABBY: My wifes niece is marrying a wonderful man of Greek descent this summer. Her grandfather insists that his last name is too long and impossible to pronounce. He thinks they need to change the name when they marry.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: My aunt is in hospice with untreatable stage 4 cancer, and she keeps asking me why God doesnt just let her die and go to be with Jesus. I always try to be optimistic and tell her shes going to get better, although we both know she isnt. What can I say to cheer her up? L.A.
DEAR ABBY: I am a 12-year-old girl who is happy, healthy and doing great in school. But lately I have felt sad, lonely and just plain frustrated. I used to talk to my parents about it, but I dont feel comfortable doing it anymore, and my friends dont like listening to me.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: What advice do you have for a new mother? I didnt grow up in a stable home, and I dont want to make the same mistakes my mother made, even if they werent always her fault. V. M.
DEAR ABBY: I am a longtime reader but a first-time writer. My problem has been bothering me for some time now.
DEAR MISS MANNERS: A rather despicable married friend has been estranged from her husband for years, yet they maintain a home together. She has had several love interests in the past few years. I suspect I’ve been used as her “beard” for some of her escapades.
Satan believes in God — that is, he believes God exists, and he even knows that God is powerful.
For many years I made it a practice to read five Psalms and one chapter of Proverbs every day, enabling me to read through those two books each month.
DEAR ABBY: I have a friend who I think is having an affair. I have no concrete evidence, only a slew of circumstantial evidence such as odd work hours, blocks of mystery time set aside at night in his cellphone’s day planner, and evading questions about texts from females.
DEAR ABBY: I’m a 60-year-old woman with grown children. My husband and I divorced after 30 years of marriage because he met someone at work. It was a quick process, and because I was in shock, I agreed to the terms of the divorce even though they weren’t in my favor.