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Stress of pandemic changes beloved sister's personality

DEAR ABBY: My sister and I are best friends. She has always been caring, empathetic and passionate about helping others. Now, however, COVID has turned her into a real piece of work. Since the pandemic began, she has become increasingly selfish. She interrupts other...

Man wants to quit trying after wife's multiple miscarriages

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have had a total of six miscarriages — one before our miracle son and five since we began trying for a second child more than two years ago. I always wanted a boatload of children, but my husband and I agreed on two before we got...

Schedules collide when mother and daugher share 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...

Family estrangment 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...

Needy woman takes advantage of co-worker's kindness

DEAR ABBY: There is a woman where I work who is emotionally needy. My work is autonomous, but we are in the same group, so I have to interact with her to some extent. Early on, I made the mistake of offering her emotional support, thinking she was going through something...

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...

Accusations fly after friend develops COVID

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...

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