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Abigail Van Buren

Stories by Abigail

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Dear Abby | Bargain hunter’s bragging tries her friend’s patience

I have a friend I’ll call Rose who likes to brag about how cheap she is.

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Dear Abby | Teen lets her temper spoil fun with family and friends

I’m a 15-year-old girl. I’m a fun person to be with, and I love spending time with my friends and family.

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Dear Abby | Wife gets the silent treatment without knowing reason why

My husband and I have been married more than 20 years.

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Dear Abby | Parents declare their freedom from ungrateful adult kids

My wife and I raised two children – a son who is a successful doctor and a daughter who is a multipost-grad botanist. We are 72 now, in moderately failing health and very successful ourselves.

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Dear Abby | Colleague outgrows Friday Hawaiian shirt tradition

I started working in engineering in the late 1980s and thought it was “cute” that we all wore Hawaiian shirts when the guys went out for Friday lunches.

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Dear Abby | Friend working three jobs envies man on easy street

I am having issues with a friend who gets handed most everything he wants.

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Dear Abby | Wife returns home to find extra lingerie in her bed

My husband and I have been married 31 years. We have four lovely children and seven grandchildren.

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Dear Abby : Teen surprised to discover she is attracted to women

I am a 19-year-old college student (female) who needs advice regarding something I’m trying to figure out.

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Dear Abby | Happy homebody would rather skip weeknight get-togethers

I’m struggling with a situation with my friends and colleagues. I have a routine I stick to which keeps my priorities in check. I get done with work, go home, have dinner, work out and spend quality time with my puppy. Lately, people keep inviting me to weeknight happy hours and get-togethers, but more often than not, I don’t want to go.

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Dear Abby | Mom confesses to undermining scholar’s dream of art school

My mother recently confessed to me that in my senior year of high school, she sabotaged my chance to go to my dream school (with a nearly full scholarship) because she didn’t approve of my wanting to go to art school.

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Dear Abby | Son-in-law’s old tablet reveals surprising secret

My son-in-law gave me a tablet that he was not using.

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Dear Abby | Husband refuses to tell wife details of long-ago marriages

My husband and I have been together for 34 good years.

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Dear Abby | New year brings joyful hopes for a bright, prosperous future

Today we have an opportunity to discard destructive old habits for healthy new ones

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Dear Abby | Man’s talk of suicide keeps woman in their relationship

A year ago, after five years of marriage, I divorced my ex-husband, “Taylor.” We agreed to separate because I believed I had fallen out of love with him. We have remained friendly and communicate often.

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Dear Abby | Never-seen boyfriend raises doubts for concerned parents

My daughter is a professional woman in her mid-20s. She lives an hour away from us and is financially independent, but depends on us often for favors.

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Dear Abby | Man without a romantic bone in his body irks his girlfriend

I am 25 and have been with my boyfriend on and off for five years.

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Dear Abby | Joining police force changes view toward brother’s drinking

My brother is my best friend. He is also an alcoholic.

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Dear Abby | Email mix-up causes cousin to send mistaken invitation

I recently received an online invitation to a New Year’s Eve party at the home of a dear cousin. Having not heard from her in a while, I decided to call her to express our delight at having been invited and let her know we might be able to come.

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Dear Abby | Adult daughter’s sole topic of conversation is herself

My daughter is 40 years old and a lousy conversationalist. She never asks me (or others) about ourselves, and when she starts talking about herself, there’s no stopping her.

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Dear Abby | Transgender man has kept full story from his parents

I’m a transgender male who has grown up in an area where many people discourage such things.

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Dear Abby | Sparks fail to fly for mom dating her perfect match

I have a close friend who is in her mid-30s.

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Dear Abby | Reconnection with teacher is highlight of reunion plans

I’m a woman in my 50s and will be going to my high school reunion in a few months.

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Dear Abby | Make holidays happy for pets by keeping them safe, healthy

Dear Abby: Here are some things pet owners can do to make them less so for their four-legged companions:

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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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