Ask Amy: We had a huge fight about his camping partner

Dear Amy: I have been with my husband for 23 years. It took me many years to trust him, due to his past behavior where he lied to me and was with other women. Honestly, it took me over 20 years to finally trust him — but this was a mistake. Recently, he started acting … Read more

Miss Manners: This Christmas ‘rule’ is news to me

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My daughter informs me that after a couple marries, they are required to spend every Christmas with the husband’s family, rather than alternating, as was the practice before the wedding. Is this an American tradition — or any, for that matter? I am not familiar with this “requirement.” GENTLE READER: Neither is … Read more

Dear Abby: I’m ready to smack her down, and I need a plan

DEAR ABBY: I have a sister in-law whom no one in my husband’s family likes. She’s rude and insulting and acts like she is better than everyone else. She feels she’s entitled to have family members watch her kids so she can do what she wants. (If you refuse, she drops the kids off at … Read more

Ask Amy: How can I puncture her illusion about herself?

Dear Amy: My friend “Candace” consistently says things about herself that just aren’t accurate. For example, she drinks more than two bottles of wine every night and then trash-talks a friend of hers for drinking too much. She’ll say things like, “I like my wine, but I’m not an alcoholic like Shelley,” or, “Shelley drinks … Read more

Dear Abby: How do I escape my know-it-all neighbor?

DEAR ABBY: Last year, two former classmates bought houses next door to me. I don’t mind one of them, but the other, “Evie,” is a snippy know-it-all with a sugar daddy boyfriend. She looks down on everyone. In addition to yelling over the fence when they see us outside or on our back deck, they … Read more

Ask Amy: What we learned from the DNA test hinted at an unhappy life

Dear Readers: Often, readers reply to dilemmas posed in my column in ways that are helpful, useful and inspiring. Today’s column is devoted to some of these replies. As always, I’m grateful for readers who share their own stories. Dear Amy: Responding to questions about DNA disclosures, my wife found out that her father was … Read more

Miss Manners: Her bathroom habit would be a problem at a fancy restaurant

DEAR MISS MANNERS: After the easing of pandemic lockdowns, an old friend came over for dinner, just the two of us. It’s been a long pandemic for all of us, but especially for her. She had to have all her shopping delivered, including groceries. She’s not been out in literally years. She asked if it … Read more

Dear Abby: She acted like he was unwelcome at the high school reunion

DEAR ABBY: I come from a very small town that has only one school. My sister recently returned to attend her 50th class reunion. It was very informal and held in a local tavern. The event was announced on social media, and no formal invitations were sent out. When my sister spotted a man who … Read more