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Ask Amy: Reunion brings on fantasy and possible forgiveness

Dear Amy: My 45th college reunion is coming up. I met “Jill” our freshman year. We became friends immediately. We had a great platonic…


Are fake 'service animals' in stores your pet peeve?

Before you starting telling the owners off, consider whether you're making false assumptions.


Ask Amy: Mom's doggy day care raises hackles

Dear Amy: I recently moved in with my boyfriend. His mother, “Betty,” comes to the house every day while we are at work and…


Hax: Spouse's dad and mom are mostly mum

Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn: My spouse and his parents seem to have a huge rift when it comes to communication —…


Ask Amy: Neglected dogs leave neighbors barking mad

Dear Amy: My wife and I have lived in a quiet neighborhood for 22 years. Four months ago, new neighbors moved in. Over the…


Does host need to tell dinner guests to wash their hands?

Unused hand towels at party lead to unappetizing conclusion.


Ask Amy: Parent wants in-laws to finance kids' college education

Dear Amy: My husband and I have three college-age children. All are good students who attend flagship state universities. We own our own home…


Ask Amy: Couple can't agree about parenting their nephew

Dear Amy: My husband and I are raising our nephew, who is 15. He has lied to us many times and often completely disregards…


You weren't invited to the party? Here's how to respond

The problem: A work colleague had a special birthday. She has many friends outside the office, so I didn’t think anything of it. Afterward, a…


Is it OK to put your dog's poop in someone else's garbage can?

It isn't really a legal issue, since it's unlikely you'll get sued, but it is a good-neighbor issue.


Ask Amy: Costume wouldn't be appropriate; it would be appropriation

Dear Amy: I am not from India, but I had a traditional Indian shirt, called a kurta, made when I was invited to an…


Hax: Faith differences a deal-breaker?

Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn: I am agnostic, but my boyfriend is religious. He has recently become more devoted to his religion…


Ask Amy: Brother likes to 'antagonize' others with extremist views

Dear Amy: Last year my adult brother openly declared his affiliation with an extremist political group and has taken to attacking members of my…


Ask Amy: Sudden plan to move ties partner in knots

Dear Amy: A few days ago, I found out that my girlfriend of 10 months has applied for a work visa to Canada, and…


Ask Amy: She's looking for love but can't find it

Dear Amy: I’m a 28-year-old woman who has been trying to find love for her entire life, but no luck! I’ve been trying online…


Hax: Grandparents are called too involved

How to step back and see things from your children's viewpoint.


Hax: On 'permission' to marry someone

Adapted from a recent online discussion.   Dear Carolyn: I plan to ask my girlfriend’s father for permission to marry his daughter. How early is…


Ask Amy: Friendship triangle leads to non-negotiables

Dear Amy: I’m in trouble with my best friend of nine years, and my girlfriend of 13 months. My best friend, “Tony,” sent some…


Ask Amy: Newlywed wonders if there are weekends on the ranch

Dear Amy: My husband and I were married only three months ago. We are both in our 60s and dated for three years. My…


Dad has Alzheimer's, and kids made excuses not to attend family picnic

Are they self-absorbed, or is something else going on?


Hax: Accept him, then see if love is in the air

Dear Carolyn: I’ve been dating “Z” off and on for 2½ years. He is 39 and never had a serious relationship before; I’m 33 and…


Ask Amy: Father's a user, son is an enabler

Dear Amy: I’ve been dating a wonderful man, “Don,” for a year, and am worried that he is being used by his father, “Don…


Hax: Her devotion to dog seems 'crazy' to him

Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn: My girlfriend is crazy (maybe literally?) about her dog. “Amy” and I are both 32 and have…


Ask Amy: Grandparents aren't helping as much as they say they are

Dear Amy: My parents and my wife’s parents both live 20 minutes from us. Both sets of parents moved to be close to us.…


What's the verdict on obnoxious judge?

Family's behavior at lake home disturbs neighbors.