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  • Feels guilty about son being molested

    Dear Abby: I’m so upset. I just found out my son was molested by one of his older cousins. “Ryan” didn’t want me to know because he was afraid of how I would react. Ryan is 19 and a very private person. I want to …Read More

  • Partner goes silent on marriage plans

    Dear Abby: Recently, our state became one that allows same-sex couples to wed. My partner, “Alex,” and I have been together for 18 years. We had planned to be married last spring, but a death in the family put our wedding on hold. When I …Read More

  • OK to use GPS for minor son’s location

    Dear Abby: I have a 17-year-old son. He spends half his time with me and the other half with his mom. My question is about his cellphone. I can use an app on my phone to see the location of his phone. A friend of …Read More

  • She seeks help for co-worker in need

    Dear Abby: I work with a wonderful, good-hearted young woman who holds a low-paying job. She’s raising three children alone, and I know she struggles to provide the necessities. I have learned that the holidays at their home are pretty meager. My husband and I …Read More

  • Capricious spouse picky about lunches

    Dear Abby: My husband works, but I do not. I stay very busy, but he expects me to pack him a lunch every day. It must include a breakfast item and a lunch item, as he is starving by the time he arrives at work, …Read More

  • Theater an option for meeting people

    Dear Abby: You sometimes print letters from people who are looking to meet decent, honorable and interesting other people. While you have recommended volunteering, joining health clubs, going to church — and staying out of bars — something I have yet to see mentioned is …Read More

  • Couple find way to spark their sex lives

    Dear Abby: A few months ago, I turned 50 and my co-workers held a small celebration. When we celebrate birthdays, we all have agreed to regift an item (usually a gag gift). One of my presents was a black leather miniskirt and matching vest. I …Read More

  • Teen worries mom abuses medication

    Dear Abby: What are the signs of prescription drug abuse? How would you suggest a young person like me (I am 13) confront a close family member about something like this, especially since I’m not sure? I found an antidepressant prescribed for my mother. As …Read More

  • His deafness leads to social problems

    Dear Abby: My husband, “Norm,” has become profoundly deaf. He has a cochlear implant in one ear and a hearing aid in the other; neither has helped much. He has extreme difficulty with speech recognition. We can talk together in the quiet of our home …Read More

  • Offended by offer of senior discount

    Dear Abby: I was at the hairdresser yesterday, and when I went to the register to pay, the receptionist asked me if I was over 65 “so I could get the senior discount.” Abby, I am only 55! I found her question insulting, and several …Read More

  • Parents resist her bid to better herself

    Dear Abby: I am a young adult, the eldest of four children. I sleep in a basement (furnished and livable), which serves as my bedroom. I have no job, no driver’s license, no friends who live close by. I try to make my family happy, …Read More

  • Is it unwise to rent room to your ex?

    Dear Abby: My husband and I divorced because of another woman. I took it hard, but after a year or so, I was OK. Fast forward to 2013: He shows up on my doorstep, needing food and shelter, so I took him in (he’s still …Read More

  • Shunned gay son’s story turns out well

    Dear Abby: You mentioned in a recent column that few people write to follow up on what happened since their original letter was published. You printed mine April 1, 2001. I am “Hurting in Houston,” the son who, with his partner, was suddenly no longer …Read More

  • Son off to combat, is she worried enough?

    Dear Abby: Since the moment my oldest son, “Ryan,” enlisted in the U.S. Army, our family has been concerned he would be deployed. Although Ryan graduated from high school near the top of his class and had prepared for university, his plans were thwarted when …Read More

  • Picture-collecting makes her insecure

    Dear Abby: I was divorced three years ago and have had a boyfriend, “Roger,” for a year and a half. He is seven years younger, and he’s intrigued with women on the Internet. He saves tons of photos of these girls on his cellphone. These …Read More

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    Txtjkjkjk. Write Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. EITHER/OR Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, …Read More

  • Help older parents with gift of service

    Dear Abby: For those who are looking for gift suggestions for older parents, may I offer what my kids do for us? They live far away and usually visit us in the spring and fall. Before they leave, my daughter scrubs my bathroom shower and …Read More