Reconnection with teacher is highlight of reunion plans

DEAR ABBY: I'm a woman in my 50s and will be going to my high school reunion in a few months. I recently reconnected with one of my high school teachers, whom I greatly admired. (OK, I'll admit I had a schoolgirl crush on him.) He is 10 years older, and we had a friendly...

Make holidays happy for pets by keeping them safe, healthy

DEAR ABBY: Holidays can be stressful and even dangerous for pets. Here are some things pet owners can do to make them less so for their four-legged companions: 1. Feed, walk or play with them before the party, then take them to a quiet room with water and a nice treat.

Daughter's Peace Corps plan gets thumbs down from dad

DEAR ABBY: Our 23-year-old daughter, "Alexa," has a wonderful, well-paying corporate job with good benefits and a flexible schedule. She has low expenses, no debt and banks a respectable amount of her pay even though she lives 1,500 miles from home in a high-priced area. She...

Divorcing mom is grateful for new man's friendship

DEAR ABBY: A year ago my 13-year marriage fell apart. My husband, "Rick," will be spending the next six years in prison. I am 32 and have two boys, ages 13 and 15. The last year has been pretty tough for all of us. I've been learning how to be both mother and father to...

Wife can no longer endure vicious tales man's ex tells

DEAR ABBY: I have been with my husband for five years, and we have two children together. It's my husband's second marriage and my first. He and his first wife, "Gretchen," had no kids, but they did have a long and messy divorce. She and her family live in the same small town as...

Man retiring from the military deploys new rules in marriage

DEAR ABBY: My husband of 10 years is in the process of retiring from the military and is now re-evaluating "procedures" and "policies" of everything — including our marriage. I'm trying to respect his needs in an effort to help him make sense of things. However, there are...

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