DEAR ABBY: I am being married later this year, and I’m planning my guest list. My cousin “Emily” has five young children who I’m making an exception to invite. She lives across the country, so she’s starting to book her plane reservations. Emily just announced that she’s being remarried and her fiance has three children he shares joint custody of. Am I obligated to invite three children I have never met?
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I’d like you to explain something to me. The kindest, most understanding person in my exercise class says she doesn’t believe in God, while the one with the nastiest personality claims to be a devout Christian. How can this be? — B.H.
DEAR ABBY: I’m married to the love of my life. I can’t imagine loving a man more than I love “Wayne,” and I know he feels the same about me. The problem is, he’s always telling stories about things he has done, including past relationships, in graphic detail. I have heard all of them repeatedly, and I’m sick of them.
When my husband and I dine at a restaurant, if the waiter does not give us his name upon greeting us, my husband will ask for it. My husband then proceeds to introduce us to the waiter, saying, “I’m Joe, and this is Jane.”
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DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I’m headed for college shortly, and I can’t help but worry about the pressures I’ll face as a Christian. It’s a large state university, and from what my friends tell me it’s not a very easy place to be a Christian. Am I making a mistake going there? — P.T.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I’m really ashamed of the way I’ve been living. I joined the Army right after graduating from high school, and I’ve gotten involved in a lot of things I never thought I’d do. The worst part is, I know I’ve left God behind. Is there any way to get back on track, or has God given up on me? — Pfc. G.J.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I thought I’d be happy once my divorce went through, but I just can’t get over my anger and bitterness over the way my ex-husband treated me as our marriage fell apart. I know you’ll tell me to forgive him, but I just can’t. Will I ever get over this? — D.M.
Be sure you don’t participate in your friends’ gossiping or join in what they’re saying about someone. You may not be able to stop them from gossiping (though in time perhaps you can), but you can stop yourself.
DEAR ABBY: I am very concerned about my 33-year-old daughter’s safety. A man in his mid-60s, someone she met at a previous job, has become obsessed with her. He has declared his love for her, divorced his wife and slathered my struggling, single daughter with gifts over the past three years.