Advice columnist Annie Lane is a young wife and mother with a gift for helping other people solve problems. In a voice that's sympathetic, funny and firm, Lane provides common-sense solutions to life's dilemmas.

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Dear Annie: Old and discarded

Dear Annie: I am a 72-year-old married (for now) man.

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Dear Annie: The gross habit of spitting

Dear Annie: The other day, I was working from a cafe close to my house.

Dear Annie: Adult daughter feels father’s pain from layoff

Dear Annie: I am writing you in hopes of getting, well, a little shred of hope.

Dear Annie: Never celebrated

I’ve been wanting to write to you about this for a while.

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Dear Annie: Staying socially connected while immobile

Dear Annie: My mom recently had a health scare. Although she is OK for now, it has limited her mobility, and she’s not nearly so active as she used to be.

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Dear Annie: Not on a first-name basis

Dear Annie: My son’s best friend, “Travis,” has started to call me by my first name. For as long as I can remember, I was “Mrs. Thomas.”

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Dear Annie: Daughter doesn’t approve of Mom’s new relationship

Dear Annie: I am a 50-year-old woman. I have two adult children and two grandchildren.

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Dear Annie: Left out of the group

Dear Annie: My elder brother, his girlfriend and I have always been very close. Let’s call them “Ryan” and “Beth.”

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Dear Annie: Empty-handed guests

Dear Annie: I have a question of etiquette. Our adult sons (who are older than 40), their wives and our grandchildren often visit over the weekends for family sit-down dinners.

Dear Annie: Divorce blocks out grandma

My son recently divorced the mother of his two children.

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