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.
Dear Annie: The artificial flowers on my grandparents’ graves have gone missing three out of the past four times my mother and I have put them out.
Dear Annie: My girlfriend (of a year) and I are both in our mid-20s and are both smokers.
Dear Annie: Seventy-one years ago, my father decided to honor his kid brother and heritage by naming me Iaina, the female derivative of Iain (also spelled Ian), and I have had to correct others’ spelling and pronunciation of it ever since.
My girlfriend has a brother, “Joel,” who is 23 years old and has Asperger’s syndrome.
How does one know whether she wants children?
Dear Annie: I am not a fan at all of potlucks at work. First of all, I think it is rude to ask employees who have worked all day to bring food into work the next day.
Dear Annie: Not long ago, I got out of a relationship with an ex who was sometimes physically abusive to me.
Dear Annie: I’ve been dating “Grant” for a few months, though we have known each other for 20-plus years.
Dear Annie: You get lots of questions about weddings after the fact.
Dear Annie: I am feeling so desperate, angry and frustrated. I deal with depression, and my brother is certainly not helping matters.