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  • 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

  • Accepted child as his, now is shut out

    D ear Abby: About two years ago, a close female friend, “Carla,” had her first child. The biological father is from another country. When she told him she was pregnant, he refused to have anything to do with the child, so I decided to take …Read More

  • She suspects man is a child predator

    Dear Abby: When I was 10, I faked an injury so I could quit playing soccer. I couldn’t articulate why the coach, who was clean-cut, friendly and fair, made me uneasy. After he died a few years ago, it came out that he had molested …Read More

  • If wife wants to make beds, let her

    D ear Abby: My husband and I have four great kids. They are well-behaved, respectful and full of fun. Hubby and I are having a disagreement concerning them, however. I am an admitted “bed snob.” I make every bed in the house every day, just …Read More

  • Workplace attire is too revealing

    Dear Abby: I am a male in the training department at my office. A lot of times, because the people I train are new hires, there are dress code violations from people who appear to be testing the limits. Most of the violations involve women …Read More

  • Cremation chosen for varied reasons

    Dear Abby: I recently had an interesting conversation with a friend after a funeral. It was about cremation vs. burial, and I’d be interested in your thoughts and those of your readers. We noted that cremation has become more common, and guessed that one of …Read More

  • Nothing wrong with being a single teen

    Dear Abby: I read your column often and find it deeply troubling when girls write you lamenting that they are “still single.” I’m 18, in my freshman year of college and I have never dated. I’m perfectly OK with this. I’m not writing to bash …Read More