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Abigail Van Buren

Stories by Abigail

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Dear Abby | Divorcing mom is grateful for new man’s friendship

A year ago my 13-year marriage fell apart. My husband, “Rick,” will be spending the next six years in prison.

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Dear Abby | Wife can no longer endure vicious tales man’s ex tells

I have been with my husband for five years, and we have two children together.

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Horoscopes | December 12, 2018

Birthdays: Mayim Bialik, 43; Madchen Amick, 48; Regina Hall, 48; Jennifer Connelly, 48.

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Dear Abby | Kids are never out of mom’s sight with their grandparents

My husband and I have three wonderful grandchildren who live with our daughter and son-in-law in another state.

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Dear Abby | Wife resists giving support to man’s new career plan

I am an older IT professional who had a very successful career until a year ago. I was part of a major layoff at the company I worked at for many years. I have not been able to find a job in the IT field since.

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Dear Abby | Wedding kept under wraps may come to light during divorce

I have been married for 13 years but never told my family that I got married. I now want to divorce my husband, but I don’t know how to approach it because he holds it over my head.

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Dear Abby | Mom finds it hard to watch son in stressful new marriage

Our youngest son recently married a woman who has an 18-year-old disabled daughter, “Lauren.”

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Dear Abby | Mom makes travel plans without being invited to visit

I gave birth to my daughter three months ago, after 44 grueling hours of labor.

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Dear Abby | Parents cancel holiday dinners when kids won’t bury hatchet

The holiday season is here, with the traditional family dinner get-togethers. Our problem is, our two children (ages 27 and 29) don’t like each other and rarely have contact during the year.

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Dear Abby | Stay-at-home mom seeks adult contact by giving art lessons

I am a shy, 30-year-old woman. I stay at home with our 10-month-old, primarily because of our family’s financial situation.

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Dear Abby | Mother thinks teen is missing out by dating over the phone

I am a 17-year-old girl who has been in a long-distance relationship for two years.

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Dear Abby | Mom stays close to married son through tracking app

I have been married to my husband for five years.

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Dear Abby | First international business trip raises culture questions

I’m worried for my son. He’s going on his first business trip in January – to Japan. He doesn’t drink alcohol. (He’s not an alcoholic; it’s his personal choice.)

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Dear Abby | Mom won’t approve daughter’s reconciliation with boyfriend

I have been seeing this guy for nine months. We had a good relationship, but then it hit a bump in the road.

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Dear Abby | Lighthearted wedding invitation rubs recipient the wrong way

We received a wedding invitation in the mail today from my husband’s nephew. First of all, we are to RSVP by tomorrow. (WHAT?)

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Dear Abby | Student earns failing grade as a vacation house-sitter

Our family went away for a two-week vacation.

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Dear Abby | Gamer kicked out of house shames Dad on social media

My 23-year-old son does not want to work and spends all his time playing video games.

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Dear Abby | Obsession with politics turns friendship into one-way street

I have a friend who constantly talks about all the negative politics going on today. I’m sick of hearing it. I feel it has become a one-way conversation, and she’s not interested in listening to me.

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Dear Abby | Diligent college student has less time for old friends

I’m in my early 20s and the only one in my circle of friends who’s currently in college. They all want to hang out all the time, but most of them live more than 100 miles away.

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Dear Abby | Friendship between moms ends over race for charity

The 14-year-old son of a friend of mine is having self-esteem issues and apparently is going through a very rough patch.

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Dear Abby | Grandmother is still waiting for thank-yous from teens

It seems the children I raised and taught to write thank-you notes somehow failed to teach their children the importance of being grateful receivers.

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Dear Abby | Cheating husband bad-mouths wife who left him for another

I am ashamed to admit this, but years ago I had an affair with a married man.

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Dear Abby | Diamond ring comes between couple planning their marriage

My girlfriend and I love each other very much and have been living together with our children for five years. We intend to get married soon. Here is the rub: She’s “old school.” She believes she should receive a diamond ring as part of the marriage proposal.

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Dear Abby | Daughter given everything gives heartache in return

Ever since high school, our adult daughter has had mood swings.

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Dear Abby | Extra place set at the table helps combat holiday blues

I read that there is a suicide somewhere in the world every 40 seconds.

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Dear Abby | Notebook stepson left behind reveals love for another man

My stepson “Arnold” recently moved out, and I found a notebook he left behind that I thought I’d use.

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Dear Abby | Overbearing dad makes living at home aggravating for son

I’m a 34-year-old man who lives with my father, who is 76 years old. I’m currently without a job, but when I have one, I buy food and whatever else is needed for the house.

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Dear Abby | Dad threatens to disown son if he digs into family history

I am a 22-year-old, single male who recently graduated from college. I received lots of congratulations in person and by phone, text and social media.

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Dear Abby | Concern over woman’s health grows to the point of action

I have a coworker I work closely with. Almost every day I hear her throwing up in the bathroom. It happens like clockwork. It’s gotten to the point where I’m extremely concerned.

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Dear Abby | Best friend’s loyalty may be shifting in middle school drama

I’m in middle school. “Jill” has been my best friend for 11 years.

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Dear Abby | Man says he wants divorce, but doesn’t leave the house

You are confused because your husband is sending you mixed messages.

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Dear Abby | Tattoo lover gets birthday criticism from grandparents

My daughter recently celebrated her 20th birthday. She’s a good kid with a decent job who happens to like tattoos.

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Dear Abby | Condolences for death of man’s ex-girlfriend puzzle his wife

My husband of 20 years, “Jerry,” recently learned about an old girlfriend’s death. A Facebook friend informed him about it. The message arrived late at night while I was sleeping, and he woke me to tell me the news.

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Dear Abby | House cleaner tries her hand at being an interior designer

I have had the same cleaning woman for three years. She does an excellent job and works hard. I got her the last six or seven of her clients. However, she has made little changes in the past when I’m not home.

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Dear Abby | Wife’s close friend gets too close for husband’s comfort

My wife, “Grace,” and I have been happily married for 48 years.

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Dear Abby | Need continues for self-help support for families in crisis

It’s been several years since you have mentioned Because I Love You (B.I.L.Y.) as a resource for parents in crisis. What is happening to our groups – as well as similar ones – is a decrease in attendance.

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Dear Abby | Pumpkins present a predicament for pair of petulant neighbors

I’ve had it up to here with my crabby next-door neighbor. She grows vegetables in her garden – squash and pumpkins at this time of year. Our properties are separated by a wire fence.

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Dear Abby | Grown child keeps meetings with ex-stepfather a secret from mom

When I was in my first year of college, my mother divorced my stepdad.

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Dear Abby | Wife irked as man reconnects with old partners on Facebook

My husband has an extensive sexual history.

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Dear Abby | Boyfriend would rather party with friends than stay home

I have been dating my boyfriend just over a year.

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Dear Abby | Military husband returns home only to ship out with his mom

My husband, “John,” recently returned from his fourth Middle East tour after having been gone for a year. As soon as he got back, his mother invited him and his two sisters on a vacation cruise for a week.

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Dear Abby | Unemployed son complains he is overworked at home

I am an unemployed (and looking) 24-year-old male who is the oldest of four. My three sisters are a 20-year-old who has a part-time job and goes to college, a 14-year-old and a 12-year-old. We all live at home with our physician parents.

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Dear Abby | Tattoo with ex-wife’s name is an annoyance to girlfriend

My boyfriend is divorced. His ex’s name is tattooed on his arm. Although I don’t like it, I realize that it was long ago and before I came into the picture.

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Dear Abby | Blowhard boyfriend wears out his hosts during annual trips

My best friend of 40 years and her boyfriend live several states away from my husband and me. Every winter she and her friend expect to come to our home for a week. We simply can no longer do this.

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Dear Abby | Man falls in love with unsuspecting best friend

I’m a man in my mid-30s. For the past couple of years I’ve been in love with my best friend. She doesn’t know how I feel, and I know she doesn’t feel the same way about me. (She calls me the brother she always wanted.) I try hard to fight these feelings so our friendship can continue. Losing her friendship would be devastating.

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Mom’s wild stories cause her grandchildren distress

My mother insists on telling my three youngest children that my husband is not their father.

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Dear Abby | Couple looking to the future differs on starting a family

I have been in a strong relationship with my girlfriend for five years. We are very much in love.

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Dear Abby | Guilty dad spends extra time with once-estranged daughter

My older sister, “Lily,” is in a biracial marriage and has a son.

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