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Abigail Van Buren

Stories by Abigail

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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.

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Dear Abby | Dad disapproves of toking in backyard at kids’ party

My wife and I know a couple whose daughter has been our daughter’s playmate since they were 3 months old.

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Dear Abby | Timing is everything in family feud over leaving the table

My wife and I have a disagreement about when a person should be allowed to get up from the table. We have an 8-month-old son whom we both want to grow up to have good manners. We know he’ll soon be out of his high chair and become squirmy and not want to stay seated.

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Dear Abby | Long-married couple clashes over wife’s right to privacy

She hardly gets five or 10 minutes a month of privacy in her bedroom to pack.

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Dear Abby | Old friend seeks encouraging words for mother of a criminal

What do you say when a friend’s son has committed a horrific crime? Does one say, “I’m sorry” or “Call me,” or merely pat them on the shoulder and move on? Or, what?

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Dear Abby | Toxic family casts doubt on couple’s future plans

I am in my late 20s and dating a man in his mid-30s whom I am crazy about. We have been dating for a year and are starting to discuss marriage and children. He’s kind, hard-working, gives back to the community, and does everything he can to make me happy.

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Dear Abby | Woman’s old sweetheart still can’t win her dad’s approval

I’m dating my grammar school and high school sweetheart, “Gary.” We’ve known each other since I was 6.

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Dear Abby | Loss of job also puts end to man’s affair with co-worker

Give up and move on and you will save yourself, your wife, Jamie and her husband a lot of pain.

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Dear Abby | Friendship with woman makes waves in men’s relationship

I’m a 35-year-old gay man who has been in a serious relationship for five years.

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Dear Abby | Girlfriend questions texting from boyfriend’s worried mom

I have been dating “James” for almost a year. Things have been rough for him recently. His depression has led to school attendance issues, but we got through it.

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Dear Abby | Wife’s deep, dark secret is credit card debt she’s hiding

I am married to a great man, but he’s very tight with his money. We found out early in our relationship that we couldn’t have a joint account because it caused so much fighting. We share our bills, but I am broke all the time. I have credit card debt he doesn’t know about.

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Dear Abby | One-way friendship ends, but feelings of guilt remain

My “friend” from childhood, “Camille,” has never had my back.

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Dear Abby | Mom charges daughter-in-law rent even after the wedding

My mother-in-law owns the building my husband and I live in.

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Dear Abby | Baby in the buff causes grandma some concern

My daughter “Scarlet” has a precious 18-month-old baby girl I’ll call Sierra.

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Dear Abby | Wife’s attraction to woman throws life into confusion

I am a 50-year-old woman. I have been married to my husband for 28 years and never cheated.

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Dear Abby | Loyal worker is out of a job following knee replacements

After 16 years of loyal and dedicated service to my employer, I find myself out of work. Months ago, I needed double knee replacements. I gave him three months’ notice about my surgery, planning to return on June 1. It was a one-girl office; I was responsible for all the administrative duties.

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Dear Abby | Idea to celebrate Step Parents Day gains traction across country

In 1985 I met a lovely divorced lady with two adorable children. The three of us got along well. A year later I married into this family. Until then I had no children of my own.

Dear Abby: Mom sees danger everywhere as daughter leaves for school

I’m the proud mom of a wonderful 21-year-old daughter whom I find myself worrying about more and more lately.

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