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  • Seeking kind words for aggrieved friends

    Dear Abby: My husband’s best friend gave us a very generous gift for our toddler. However, it arrived with the news that the baby he and his girlfriend are expecting may have serious complications, which could result in termination of the pregnancy. Abby, I am …Read More

  • Man’s Halloween decorations grisly

    Dear Abby: We have a neighbor who “decorates” his yard for Halloween in the worst way imaginable. Every year it becomes more macabre. He has “bodies” hanging from tree limbs, gravestones with RIP on dirt mounds and other unbelievable atrocities. He thinks it’s funny. It …Read More

  • Neat freak makes her uncomfortable

    Dear Abby: A wonderful man, “Frank,” said he was interested in developing a relationship. The problem? He is a super neat freak. A person could live in his garage — it’s that clean. The floor is spotless and everything is in its place. Frank washes …Read More

  • He is not interested in commitment

    Dear Abby: I have known “Justin” for 10 years. I’m very interested in him. I’m sure he knows it, but we have never talked about it. Once in a blue moon we “hook up,” and I’m usually the one to set the date up. We’re …Read More

  • Host wants guests to torment peacocks

    Dear Abby: A former colleague recently moved nearby and sent us an invitation to dinner at her new residence. She lives in an area that’s populated by wild peacocks, which she knew before she moved there. A condition of her invitation is that we (my …Read More

  • She fears rejection over scars on legs

    Dear Abby: I am a 21-year-old woman from the Philippines. I have been insecure all my life. I know I have a pretty face, but I have a lot of scars on my legs from childhood. Because of this I am depressed, unhappy and insecure. …Read More

  • Wrong number leads to dating

    DearAbby: I met a guy over the phone when he called my number by mistake. After a brief conversation, not particularly polite on my part, the call ended. Forty-five minutes later he called me back, saying he couldn’t stop thinking about me. I thought, “Who …Read More

  • Report obnoxious day care provider

    Dear Abby: I would like to weigh in on your response to “Day Care Drama in Indiana” (Sept. 1), whose neighbor screams at the children in her day care. I worked for 25 years investigating serious complaints, many involving verbal abuse, against day care providers …Read More

  • Toy gun up to you, not your neighbors

    D ear Abby: Halloween is around the corner, and my 7-year-old daughter has decided to be a cowgirl. She wants the boots, the hat and the gun. Is it appropriate to let her have a holster and an obviously toy gun to accessorize her costume …Read More

  • Boo humbug to the Halloween hassle

    Dear Abby: I am a retired widow, crippled with rheumatoid arthritis. Every October, I start dreading Halloween, which I consider to be a legal form of extortion. Living on Social Security, I really don’t want to waste money for candy. Also, it is difficult for …Read More

  • She dates man who doubts her motives

    Dear Abby: I have been seeing “Tony” for a few weeks. He is kind, caring and will make a great boyfriend, husband and father someday. My problem with him is he thinks I’m a “status digger.” (It’s similar to a gold digger, but he means …Read More

  • Both lovers need abuse counseling

    Dear Abby: I think I have an abuse problem. I have been with my boyfriend for a year, and already I feel like he is fed up with me. I don’t want to lose him. When I was younger, my father used to abuse me. …Read More

  • Kids mortified by transgender dad

    Dear Abby: After 10 years of marriage, my now ex-husband told me he is transgender. He isn’t taking hormones, but he makes no attempt to hide his feminine dressing, makeup and wigs from our 6- and 9-year-old sons. They understand little of their dad’s new …Read More

  • Insecure man sees rejection everywhere

    Dear Abby: My lunch date for today canceled on me. Generally, when a girl does this, I delete her number and move on. But in this instance, it wasn’t a first or second date. We have been seeing each other for about a month and …Read More

  • People need to take more responsibility

    Dear Abby: I had my last cigarette and drink of alcohol 50 years ago. Back then, excessive drinking, smoking, overeating or nail-biting were signs of weak will, sinfulness, bad upbringing and who knows what else. Fortunately, over the years the pendulum swung, making it possible …Read More

  • Middle child thinks parents are unfair

    Dear Abby: I’m a teenage girl who is frustrated with my family. I am the middle child, and it seems like my parents prefer my brother and sister over me. I am constantly in trouble for things they have done, and my parents are aware …Read More

  • What is right shade for male nail polish?

    Dear Abby: I am an adult heterosexual male who has discovered that I like wearing nail polish. I feel it should not be a matter of gender, but of taste and fashion. I wore a reasonably bold color in public for the first time a …Read More