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Abigail Van Buren

Stories by Abigail

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Dear Abby: Reluctant college student may benefit from taking a gap year

Dear Abby: My 18-year-old daughter has just graduated from high school.

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Dear Abby: Guilt mingles with grief after boyfriend’s death

Dear Abby: My boyfriend died unexpectedly a few months ago, and it has been a struggle to get through my sadness.

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Dear Abby: Irresponsible boyfriend earns nothing but woman’s anger

Dear Abby: My boyfriend cheated on me the whole time I was pregnant last year. He lived in Florida, and I lived in Missouri. He didn’t make it back for our son’s birth like he promised.

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Dear Abby: Mixed messages from mom have teen looking for clarity

Dear Abby: I’m 17. My mom and I often disagree on things. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t care what she does in her free time, but lately I have learned she’s talking to people about bisexuality.

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Dear Abby: Son’s drug habit causes crisis in mother’s marriage

Dear Abby: I have been married to a loving and supportive man for 15 years.

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Dear Abby: Parents grin and bear the bill for man’s upscale appetite

Dear Abby: Our son-in-law has a very different lifestyle than ours and the one in which we raised our daughter.

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Dear Abby: Wife with sketchy memory depends on husband for help

Dear Abby: When my wife was 17 (she’s now 54), she was in a car accident.

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Abby: Man is ready to shop around for new source of ‘lattes’

Dear Abby: My wife and I have been married for 17 years. For the first 16 years, my wife would make me lattes without being asked.

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Dear Abby: Newlywed’s world caves in when the truth comes out

Dear Abby: I dated the perfect man for two years. When he asked me to marry him, I had to say yes.

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Dear Abby: Aunt seeks the right approach to niece in need of guidance

Dear Abby: I am concerned about my niece.

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Dear Abby: Man answers wife’s hurt feelings with angry shouts

Dear Abby: I have been married for two years, and my husband has three grown children.

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Dear Abby: Wedding date forces difficult decision for maid of honor

Dear Abby: My best friend is getting married next year and I am supposed to be the maid of honor.

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Dear Abby: Girls’ mom needs jump start in conversation about puberty

Dear Abby: I’m a mother of three beautiful little girls.

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Dear Abby: Woman is struck speechless when told she talks too much

Dear Abby: My husband and I went on a trip with his brother and his wife recently.

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Dear Abby: Neighbor’s frustrations spill over in driveway conversation

Dear Abby: I live in a 55-plus community. We have lost 49 neighbors during the past five years – yes, seriously. Others are in nursing homes with no quality of life.

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Dear Abby: Sisters’ lifelong rivalry escalates into silence

Dear Abby: Our daughters aren’t speaking.

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Dear Abby: Bluesman’s wife feels no love after festival incident

Dear Abby: My husband, “Ray,” and I have been together for 10 years and, like most couples, we have had our ups and downs.

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Dear Abby: Widow reconsiders romantic overture from an old friend

Dear Abby: This is something I can’t talk about in my grief support group. I’m a 70-year-old widow. I lost my dear husband of 35 years 17 months ago. I always was more sexual than he was.

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Dear Abby: Family cycle of abuse is legacy of sexual predator

Dear Abby: I recently moved to Texas and met my teenage niece for the first time. After I got there I learned she had been molested by her mother’s father at the age of 3.

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Dear Abby: There’s no room for both mom and boyfriend in woman’s life

Dear Abby: I was in a relationship for 12 years. “Jenny” was my best friend. I had to end our relationship because she had allowed her mother to destroy it.

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Without a grave site, paying tribute to Mom gets creative

Dear Abby: My mom passed away two years ago.

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Dear Abby: Suicide rate among older men is overlooked tragedy

DEAR ABBY: My elderly father’s dearest friend committed suicide yesterday.

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Dear Abby: Teen immersed in electronics is losing touch with people

Dear Abby: I’ve been dating a wonderful woman for two years.

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Dear Abby: Hospital patient receives surprise anatomy lesson

Dear Abby: I recently had to spend a night in the hospital following minor surgery.

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Dear Abby: Widower finds companionship, but isn’t ready for romance

Dear Abby: My wife died of cancer four years ago. She was my best friend, and the pain of losing her was more than I could cope with.

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Dear Abby: Hospice volunteer’s woeful tales wear her family down

Dear Abby: My mother has been a hospice volunteer for six months. I think that’s great.

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Dear Abby: Woman takes a hands-off approach to blind dates

Dear Abby: I’m a single 38-year-old woman.

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Dear Abby: Serial father keeps chummy relationships with his exes

Dear Abby: I recently met a 28-year-old father of three I’m interested in.

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Dear Abby: Girlfriend deserves to know about man’s abusive past

Dear Abby: My brother is in a long-term relationship.

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Dear Abby: Gal pals can’t see positives in woman’s open marriage

Dear Abby: I’ve been in an extramarital relationship for 10 years. My husband knows, and so do my close friends.

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Dear Abby: Friend finds gender fluidity a hard concept to swallow

Dear Abby: I have a longtime friend I see almost every day. She’s an awesome friend.

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Dear Abby: Fetish drives man to badger his wife into smoking again

Dear Abby: I am a 28-year-old female. I recently married the most amazing man in the whole world, “Jeremy.”

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Dear Abby: Parents debate whether teens are ready to stay home alone

Dear Abby: I’ve never written to you before, but I’m having a disagreement with my husband.

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Dear Abby: Teen tells mom to stay away during his band performances

After performing in last year’s Christmas parade, a group of the students went to a nursing home to perform for the residents. When we arrived, I started to get out of the car with my son so I could listen, as other parents were doing. My son seemed surprised that I was going to stay and said he would rather I didn’t because I make him nervous. Needless to say, I was devastated.

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Dear Abby: Sweethearts struggling with a 30-year age gap

Dear Abby: I’m in my late 20s and have a male companion who is 30-plus years older than I am.

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Dear Abby: Man’s old tryst with wife’s yoga teacher causes strain

Dear Abby: My wife recently started a new yoga class she really likes.

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Dear Abby: Early playtime leaves retired neighbor tossing and turning

Dear Abby: We have owned our house for 31 years and raised our kids here.

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Dear Abby: Family visiting for graduation brings grandma with dementia

Dear Abby: My ex-husband is coming to celebrate our daughter’s graduation. He is bringing along his parents. I’m happy they are coming to show love and support for our daughter; however, his mother has dementia.

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Dear Abby: Crossdresser schemes behind his disapproving wife’s back

Dear Abby: I’m a married, heterosexual male.

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Dear Abby: Mistress stops believing man will leave his family for her

Dear Abby: I am a 24-year-old professional woman who has been having an affair with a married man for three years.

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Dear Abby: Man gets needed health care in a marriage of convenience

Dear Abby: I’m in a second marriage, which was only for the benefit of insurance so my husband could get insurance through my employer’s plan.

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Dear Abby: Mom dotes on new boyfriend at the expense of her kids

Dear Abby: My wife, “Rita,” and I separated a year ago.

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Dear Abby: Man decries rampant false advertising on dating sites

Dear Abby: I was divorced three years ago, and recently went on some dating sites to find a possible companion.

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Dear Abby: Transgender dad wants to be daughter’s ‘second mommy’

My former spouse and I are divorced and share a 3-year-old daughter. Soon after the baby was born, my ex came out as transgender and now lives as a woman.

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Dear Abby: Distant sisters work to close the gap in their relationship

Dear Abby: A few years ago, my sister mailed me a long letter detailing her resentment for me and our lack of closeness.

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Dear Abby: College student living at home is ready to fly after graduation

Dear Abby: I am 21 and about to graduate from college.

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Dear Abby: Husband doesn’t share wife’s dreams of seeing the world

Dear Abby: I’ll be retiring next year. My husband is already retired.