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Dear Abby: Schedules collide when mother and daughter share a car

DEAR ABBY: I am a 16-year-old girl, and I’m having a conflict with my mom over my car. Her car broke down and she needed to use mine, which is completely understandable, and I agreed. However, I have a work schedule I have to stick to, and I need my car to get to and from. I pay all the bills ...

Dear Annie: Husband brimming with resentment

Dear Annie: I’ve been married for 26 years. I have a 24-year-old son at home on the autism spectrum, and his 4-year-old daughter, of whom he has full custody. They get by with my help, and money, of course. I have always been a very loving and supportive husband. I cook, clean, do laundry ...

Dear Abby: Family estrangement is hard to explain to kids

DEAR ABBY: I am a woman who has been through a lot. I grew up thinking my grandmother was my mother, my mother was my sister, my uncle was my brother, and my own siblings my nieces and nephews. A “family issue” brought it all out in the open, and now I am estranged from my family. My ...

Dear Annie: A poem written ‘in the time of COVID’

Dear Annie: Here’s a poem I wrote called “In the time of COVID.” I got your hugs today not with your arms about my shoulders but with your thoughts around my heart they raised my spirits and hopes high they crushed the loneliness and sadness of being shut down a note to tell ...

The Motley Fool

Ask the Fool Strike That Q: What’s a stock option’s “strike price”? — T.F., Richmond, Virginia A: The strike price is the price at which the option can be exercised. Let’s say you work for Dodgeball Supply Co. (ticker: WHAPP) and receive 100 stock options with a strike ...

To Your Good Health: Alcohol consumption played tricks with lab results

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 55-year-old female. I have always been in excellent health, but this year, my routine bloodwork showed that my creatinine is 1.08 (high) and that my GFR is 58 (low). Can that be because I drank alcohol the night before my bloodwork? My 2019 test showed GFR 65 and ...

Hints from Heloise: Diabetic service dog

Dear Heloise: You shine a light on service dogs quite a bit; allow me to tell you about mine. When people think of service dogs, they probably think of a dog who helps a blind person or someone who has mobility issues and uses a wheelchair. And yes, those dogs are out there. But my dog, Stella, ...

Dear Abby: Distance tests strength of military couple’s engagement

DEAR ABBY: I’ve been in a long-distance relationship for 2 1/2 years. We are now engaged, but haven’t set a date for our wedding. We are both in the military, and we have maintained this relationship well. But there was a time before we dated that I was dating someone else. I ended that ...

Car Talk: Miata owner not a fan of metal music

Dear Car Talk: I have a 2010 Mazda Miata. It now has almost 40,000 miles on it. Ever since I bought it (with 18,000 miles on it), I have had a problem when I go over speed bumps. It makes a loud screeching sound. It sounds like metal rubbing against metal. My mechanic is stumped as to what ...

Dear Annie: A lesson from my mother

Dear Annie: I notice many readers have problems and anxieties. Maybe something my mother taught me will help them. She lost two husbands to illness and had a chronic illness herself. We almost lost my brother on the same day my dad died. She raised three boys in a small town taking any job ...

Dear Abby: Accusations fly after COVID-19 diagnosis

DEAR ABBY: A friend of 35 years recently accused me of exposing her and her mother to COVID. She told me she thinks I did it on purpose because I thought so little of them. This is not true! I had been home for eight days and saw her on a Friday. The following Wednesday I felt sick, so I got ...

Dear Annie: Finding love in all the wrong places

Dear Annie: I have let myself get involved with a significantly younger guy. To make matters worse, I’m married. In my defense, before I even started talking to this other guy, my husband and I had come to a place in our marriage where we were more like roommates than husband and wife. We ...

To Your Good Health: Bladder leaks continuously after hip replacement

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a male, 83, and my bladder leaks continuously since I had a hip replacement surgery. The surgeon used a catheter during the surgery, and when it was first removed, I could not urinate. I went home with a new Foley catheter. Five days later, it was removed, and I have ...

Dear Annie: Abuse and another man rock relationship

Dear Annie: I’m a mom and have been married for nearly six years. But for the past few years, my husband and I have not been on the same path. We can’t communicate without fighting, bickering, arguing, etc. Our sex life has been nonexistent. And I have tried talking and suggesting that we ...

Dear Abby: Long marriage becomes abusive

DEAR ABBY: My husband’s dad, “Adam,” is very mellow and can talk to anyone. His mom, “Eve,” is friendly, but a little more reserved. Early in their marriage, Adam was a drinker, and my mother-in-law has never forgiven him for the way he treated her during that time. She has always ...

Dear Annie: Complimenting good behavior

Dear Annie: A few months ago, someone wrote to you about how uncomfortable the bad manners of children of a relative made her feel at large family gatherings and dinners. I read your column faithfully and did not see any readers’ suggestions printed in the following weeks. Of course, large ...

Dear Abby: Mother-daughter fight leads to threats

Dear Abby: My best friend (since we were babies) and I are having a disagreement. She had two kids when she was 16 and 17 who are now in their early 20s. One of them still lives rent-free under her roof. My friend struggled her whole life but got a college degree, bought a house five years ...

Dear Annie: Discussing bad habits

Dear Annie: I’m married to a wonderful man, and we have four beautiful children. However, since COVID-19 started, we discovered that we have underlying issues within our relationship. For example, he isn’t the best person to communicate with. Among other things, I discovered his liking of ...

Dear Abby: Tattoo issues haunt marriage

DEAR ABBY: My tattoos are destroying my marriage, and I just don’t understand why. I’m a 56-year-old elementary art teacher and the father of three grown children. Since I was young, I have loved the artistic expression of tattoos, and I ALWAYS envisioned having them, lots of them. It had ...

Dear Abby: DNA tests make racial heritage undeniable

DEAR ABBY: My ex-husband was the product of an extramarital, interracial relationship. Both of the parents who raised him are white, and he has always denied he was biracial despite the obvious physical characteristics that say otherwise. Our two beautiful teenage children were raised to ...