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Abigail Van Buren

Stories by Abigail

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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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Dear Abby | Mom sees lonely life ahead for easily wounded daughter

My daughter, “Roxanne,” married right out of high school. Eleven years later she finally woke up and realized the man of her dreams was a deadbeat. She has now been divorced as long as she was married, still looking for a good man who will love her and share a future with her.

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Dear Abby | Man with nose to grindstone can’t see wife’s unhappiness

I have been married to a wonderful man for 17 years. The drawback is he’s a workaholic. We have not spent even one day together doing something fun in more than 10 years.

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Dear Abby | Man uses wife’s problems at work against her at home

My husband tends to fight dirty, and I don’t know how much more I can take. If we argue about some issue between us, he’ll say something along the lines of, “This is why you have so much trouble with your colleagues at work.” He knows this is a touchy subject, and it upsets me.

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Dear Abby | Girlfriend’s young kids are challenge for veteran dad

I’m 41 with two adult kids and my youngest, who is almost 15.

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Dear Abby | Man confesses to long-ago affair with best friend’s wife

If you have had a happy 40-year marriage, I think you should let it remain so. OK, so neither of you were angels. “Divorce” the “friend” and let it go.

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Dear Abby | Woman is hurt to be left out of best friend’s wedding party

My best friend and I are middle-aged women.

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Dear Abby | Man afraid to be alone starts affairs with married women

My son has taken it upon himself to get romantically involved with two different married women.

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Dear Abby | Man’s loyalty to roommate jeopardizes his relationship

I have been in a relationship with “Mason” for almost two years. I moved in with him a few months back, and things have been very good between us. I know he’s The One, and I’d marry him right now if he’d ask.

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Dear Abby | Jealous girlfriend threatens brother-and-sister relationship

My brother and his girlfriend live together.

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Wife on the verge of divorce calls for a one-year reprieve

My husband has less and less interest in me.

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Dear Abby | Wife is blindsided by news of husband’s past romance

My husband, “Bill,” and I have been happily married for 22 years and have two very active, beautiful children. Our oldest daughter has been playing on a traveling soccer team for the last five years. Bill and I go all over the country to watch her play and have become very close to the head coach, “Marla,” and her family.

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My daughter has decided to leave her husband. They have been married for 20 years. She says she hasn’t been happy for several years and that it’s time to take care of herself.

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Dear Abby | Grandparent feels that family has been slowly drifting apart

Two years ago, my son and his family moved a couple of hours away.

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Dear Abby | Mom’s questionable behavior has eroded daughter’s trust

My mother did something very disrespectful.

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Dear Abby | Man’s social anxieties prolong his loneliness

When I was a teenager, there were many times when I made things awkward.

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Dear Abby | Jealousy, misunderstanding chip away at relationship

My boyfriend and I love each other very much.

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Dear Abby | Daughter tired of indulging mom’s proselytizing friend

There’s this woman I’ve known since I was a child. She’s a Jehovah’s Witness I’ll call Beatrice. She comes by my house every so often to share pamphlets and talk about her religion.

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Dear Abby | Daughter’s bratty behavior drives her mother to tears

I recently traveled to Germany to help my 19-year-old daughter settle in for her semester of study abroad. I was in tears the entire trip home, not because I was sad to leave her, but because she kept lashing out at me for anything from using a cotton swab to following proper directions exiting the train, to asking simple – but, in her mind, ridiculous – questions.

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Dear Abby | Fiancee wants her intended to halt ‘boys’ club’ culture

My fiance is in a group chat with a dozen of his friends.

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Dear Abby | Options abound for retiree’s wife to join his explorations

The wife of “Headed for the Open Road” will never forgive herself if she doesn’t accompany her newly retired husband on his open-road adventures. After working for 40 years and retiring from my third job, my life partner and I went everywhere and did everything together.

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Dear Abby | Girlfriend wonders when it’s time to mention her implants

I have been in a relationship with a very special man who is five years younger

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Dear Abby | Phone calls made on the run offend friend on the other end

May I say something about people who call “friends” or others they haven’t talked to recently while they’re driving to an appointment or other errand, only to abruptly end the conversation when the destination is reached? Two people have done this to me recently.

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Dear Abby | Man won’t budge on having surgery to quiet his snoring

My husband and I are happily married, but have one serious problem.