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  1. Doctor may help a mother who wants to die

    Dear Abby: My 83-year-old mother has decided she wants to die. She says she's miserable, but I think she's causing her own misery. She has medications to address her physical ailments none of which are critical. My siblings live in other states.

  2. Assistant's gruff attitude needs to be smoothed out

    Dear Abby: How do I deal with an assistant who keeps calling me a 'brownnoser'?

  3. Father of four is selfish to put his health at risk

    Dear Abby: I am a 34-year-old wife and mother of four. I'm concerned about my husband. He is 44 and drinks at home every evening after work.

  4. Snoop discovers boyfriend is cheating

    Dear Abby: I have been in a long-distance relationship with 'Victor' for several years. Recently I began to suspect he was cheating. What raised my suspicion was that I suddenly couldn't reach him on the weekends.

  5. The warning signs of an abuser apply to women and men

    Dear Abby: I read your Jan. 8 column about the warning signs of an abuser.

  6. Online messages seem impersonal

    Dear Abby: I recently exchanged pleasantries via email and text messaging with a lady I met on a website.

  7. Strangers diminish joy of having a service dog

    Dear Abby: I use a service dog, and I'm constantly barraged with requests to pet him. Other people who use service dogs warned me this would happen. Although the ADA does not require him to wear a vest, I bought one for him that reads, '

  8. State of modern marriage mirrors disposable society

    Dear Abby: My wife and I were discussing our sons-in-law, and young men in their 20s and 30s in general. We were wondering where the attitude of 'any money I earn is mine' in a marriage or live-in situation got started.

  9. Man is patient as independent woman struggles with intimacy

    Dear Abby: I'm a 27-year-old woman who has never had a boyfriend or been kissed. I was never interested in romance or having a significant other. I felt strong being independent and taking care of myself.

  10. Transgender woman's lover seeks family's support

    Dear Abby: I'm a divorced woman with grown children. I have always supported gay rights and thought of myself as straight. But a few months ago, I met a woman, 'Stephanie.'

  11. Daughter has no obligation to explain her mother's suicide

    Dear Abby: My mother committed suicide when I was a child. She was severely depressed, and although she sought professional help, the worst happened.

  12. Mother wants to find right words for grief

    Dear Abby: My 1-year-old baby recently passed away. I have two other children, one with special needs. I find it irritating and not at all comforting when people tell me that 'at least I have other children and that I should concentrate on them.'

  13. Teen shares grief, but sheds no tears

    Dear Abby: I'm 15. Yesterday, they told our class that one of my friend's parents had died suddenly. Every single person in our grade cried, except for me. I felt bad about not crying for my friend's loss, but I just didn't.

  14. A romantic night out comes at a cost

    Dear Abby: My boyfriend and I have been together for two years. We recently spent a romantic night at a hotel, complete with dinner, drinks the whole shebang that he organized.

  15. Woman in relationship cannot resist flirting

    Dear Abby: I have been with my current boyfriend for a year and a half and I love him dearly. But, I'm often drawn to other guys who I know are nothing but ...

  16. Readers' foolish letters help celebrate April 1st

    Dear Readers: It's April Fools' Day, the one day I can share some of the more unique letters that come my way clearly, more than a few of which were written ...

  17. Husband's Internet addiction is a problem, not the solution

    Dear Abby: I have been married for seven years and have two children. My husband has what I can only describe as an Internet addiction. He's literally online ...

  18. Peer pressure and teenager's morals collide

    Dear Abby: I'm 13, and my classmates are just beginning to 'date.' Sometimes what this means is, 'Hey, do you want to go to my house, get drunk and have sex?' ...

  19. Medical wake-up call stirs questions about life

    Dear Abby: I have been married almost four years. Recently I had some medical problems that were my wake-up call. I'm fine now, but I no longer am willing to ...

  20. Grandma urged to let grandson be adopted

    Dear Abby: Im 62 and I have legal guardianship of my eldest grandson, who is 5. Another grandchild is 2 and in foster care. I would like to keep both kids ...

  21. Man can't erase wife's journal if she wrote about affair

    Dear Abby: I have been married almost 20 years. Eight years ago my wife began an emotional affair with a co-worker. It lasted a year, until he left the company.

  22. Let bride be the guide for wedding guest list

    Dear Abby: My daughter is being married soon, and I need some guidance about inviting my aunt and uncle to the wedding.

  23. Copycat boyfriend gets some growling from his girlfriend

    Dear Abby: My boyfriend, 'Caleb,' and I have been dating for three years. I'm sure he'll propose within the next few months. I'm having a problem with this ...

  24. Teen fighting depression despite good grades

    Dear Abby: I'm a 15-year-old boy in ninth grade.

  25. Maternity fashions reflect women's pride in pregnancy

    Dear Abby: I am wondering why pregnant women these days don't wear smocks like we all wore years ago. While I do think pregnant women are attractive, I really ...

  26. Mom seeks guidance for son questioning legal marijuana

    Dear Abby: Due to various anti-drug lectures he was exposed to at school, my 13-year-old son believes that marijuana is not only illegal, but also is very bad ...

  27. Trust involves knowing more than passwords

    Dear Abby: I have been in a relationship for two years. We gave each other our phone passwords as soon as we made it official to avoid keeping things from each ...

  28. Pregnant sister facing jail stirs reader replies

    Dear Abby: Your answer to 'Heartbroken in Alabama' did not go deep enough. The pregnant sister, 'Nicole,' who is facing prison time, needs to contact the ...

  29. Mom worries about 11-year-old daughter's sudden willfulness

    Dear Abby: My 11-year-old daughter, 'Gwen,' just started middle school. She makes good grades, but she's strong-willed. Do kids grow up instantly when they ...

Advice & Perspectives

Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. It is the most popular and widely syndicated column in the world -- known for its uncommon common sense and youthful perspective.

Abby began working at age 14 under the tutelage of her mother, who founded the Dear Abby column. As a young girl, Abby answered letters from other teens under the training and supervision of her mother. In 1987, Abby assumed all the writing responsibilities for Dear Abby.

Abby receives more than 10,000 letters and e-mails per week. More than 80 percent of the correspondence she receives comes from readers between 18 and 49. The majority of the rest comes from people under 18.

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