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Abigail Van Buren

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I decided to have gastric bypass surgery several years ago. Nine months after the procedure, I began drinking alcohol.

By Abigail Van Buren March 24, 2019
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I take care of two girls. I have never asked for money from their dad.

By Abigail Van Buren March 21, 2019
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For several years, my husband and I were good friends with “Pam” and “David.”

By Abigail Van Buren March 20, 2019
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I have been married to my husband for four years, and before that, I knew him for about a year.

By Abigail Van Buren March 19, 2019
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I met a really great guy online eight months ago. He lives in another country and we have been in a long-distance relationship for the last six months.

By Abigail Van Buren March 18, 2019
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My niece (age 25), despite numerous warnings against getting pregnant, deliberately did three years ago.

By Abigail Van Buren March 17, 2019
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My sister “Blanche” and her husband moved to the small town where my husband and I settled 23 years ago. Blanche is 11 years older than I am.

By Abigail Van Buren March 16, 2019
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My brother and sister-in-law recently told me their 5-year-old son claims my 9-year-old son touched him inappropriately on several occasions.

By Abigail Van Buren March 14, 2019
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I dwell in a small, Southern and, I thought, safe hometown.

By Abigail Van Buren March 13, 2019
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My Keepers booklet contains 72 column items that readers have told me they had read and reread until they were yellowed with age and falling apart.

By Abigail Van Buren March 12, 2019
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I’m recently married, and in my opinion, my wife has too many pets – seven inside dogs.

By Abigail Van Buren March 11, 2019
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I am in my 30s and correspond with a pen pal. She is over 65 and lives several states away.

By Abigail Van Buren March 10, 2019
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My ex-husband raised my son as his own from the time he was an infant. Now my son’s biological father is saying he wants our son to stay away from my ex-husband.

By Abigail Van Buren March 9, 2019
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My husband and I moved from another state four years ago.

By Abigail Van Buren March 7, 2019
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I am a 30-year-old divorced male. I suffered from a stroke six months ago and have paralysis on one side of my body. After rehab, I returned home able to walk with a cane.

By Abigail Van Buren March 6, 2019
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I was involved with a man (“Mike”) I cared deeply about.

By Abigail Van Buren March 5, 2019
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My secretary has worked for me for six years, and I have fallen in love with her. Neither of us is married. There’s a couple of problems, however.

By Abigail Van Buren February 28, 2019
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My daughter has two boys who treat her like crap.

By Abigail Van Buren February 27, 2019
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I just found out that my husband of 37 years is having an affair.

By Abigail Van Buren February 26, 2019
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I am a working stay-at-home mom with a successful career.

By Abigail Van Buren February 25, 2019
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Our 22-year-old son stays with us.

By Abigail Van Buren February 20, 2019
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About a year ago, a good friend, “Beth,” went through a violent tragedy that destroyed her family.

By Abigail Van Buren February 18, 2019
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It is important that you talk with a mental health professional about your obsession over the death of that baby and how it is affecting your life.

By Abigail Van Buren February 17, 2019
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I’m writing regarding “Open-Minded in the South” (Nov. 24), the Christian woman who’s a supporter of the LGBTQ community.

By Abigail Van Buren February 14, 2019
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Valentine’s Day is here and, to be honest, I don’t know much about St. Valentine.

By Abigail Van Buren February 13, 2019
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I’m a 67-year-old single white man. My girlfriend is 21 and African-American.

By Abigail Van Buren February 12, 2019
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My boyfriend and I both got divorced about the same time, but his took much longer to become final.

By Abigail Van Buren February 11, 2019
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Dear Abby: Ten years ago, I had an affair with a married man that resulted in a pregnancy and then a miscarriage.

By Abigail Van Buren February 10, 2019

My wife and I have been married for 36 years

By Abigail Van Buren February 9, 2019
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I work at a retirement house for a convent.

By Abigail Van Buren February 7, 2019
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I am a single mom. A few months ago I met a man who contacted me on social media.

By Abigail Van Buren February 6, 2019
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I’ve been married to my best friend for nine years.

By Abigail Van Buren February 5, 2019
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I need your advice. I’m a 66-year-old woman who has been single most of my life.

By Abigail Van Buren February 4, 2019
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My mother-in-law was a drug addict for most of my wife’s life.

By Abigail Van Buren February 3, 2019
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My husband and I decided a couple of years ago that we wanted to live a simpler, slower-paced life.

By Abigail Van Buren February 2, 2019
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My husband and I have been married for 12 years.

By Abigail Van Buren January 31, 2019
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My wife, a convert to reform Judaism, died this past year.

By Abigail Van Buren January 30, 2019
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What are your thoughts about having a sex-only arrangement with an ex?

By Abigail Van Buren January 29, 2019
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We need some advice. Recently we hosted our annual holiday party and invited all of our neighbors and friends.

By Abigail Van Buren January 28, 2019
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The departments of psychiatry and medicine at Tufts Medical Center want to learn more about the impact caregiving has on family members and friends of people who have been diagnosed with depression or other illnesses.

By Abigail Van Buren January 27, 2019
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I have been married for seven years. The last time my husband and I have been out of the house together was last summer. No movies, dinners, festivals, etc. I finally gave up suggesting things to do.

By Abigail Van Buren January 26, 2019
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I may be having a midlife crisis. I’m not happy in my marriage and haven’t been for quite some time.

By Abigail Van Buren January 22, 2019
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My girlfriend, “Jane,” and I have been in love for three years.

By Abigail Van Buren January 21, 2019
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It has been a little over two years since I lost my father to leukemia. The progression of his illness and death was rapid and unforeseen. It has been a tremendous emotional strain on the family, but I seem to be having a hard time “ending” my grieving and finding even simple happiness in things I used to enjoy.

By Abigail Van Buren January 20, 2019
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My 38-year-old daughter is being married this summer. This is her first marriage, and we are planning the wedding. She has never planned a big event like this before, and every suggestion I make gets us into a fight.

By Abigail Van Buren January 19, 2019
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My girlfriend and I have lived together off and on for three years.

By Abigail Van Buren January 17, 2019
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I have a friend I’ll call Rose who likes to brag about how cheap she is.

By Abigail Van Buren January 16, 2019
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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.

By Abigail Van Buren January 15, 2019
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My husband and I have been married more than 20 years.

By Abigail Van Buren January 14, 2019
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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.

By Abigail Van Buren January 13, 2019

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