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: Behavior changes causing neighborhood conflict

Dear Annie: I am a single senior woman. I am very close to a neighbor family.

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Dear Annie: The best has yet to come

Residing in an assisted living center is what scares me.

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Dear Annie: Angry Fred ruins friendly gatherings

Dear Annie: There is a family in our congregation, “Fred” and “Wilma,” who have two kids who are the same age as ours. My wife is friends with Wilma, and the kids all get along well. The problem is Fred. He’s a fat jerk.

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Dear Annie: Can no longer hear the call

Dear Annie: Having been a registered nurse for the past 40 years, I have seen many changes in health care. I believe that nursing is a calling and not just a career. In my initial, youthful bliss, I took great joy in helping people in their hour of need. Patients and families were grateful and appreciative for every little thing that was done for them.

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Dear Annie: Declining to Dance

Many of my friends love to get out on the dance floor and dance the night away. I’ve never enjoyed dancing...

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Dear Annie: Brother worries about farming sister

Dear Annie: My sister and her husband are both in their mid-80s and live on a farm.

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Dear Annie: Co-worker spreading lies

Dear Annie: I have worked in the same office for 18 years. For many years, there were five of us in our division: three women and two men. One of the men left for a different job a year ago, and he was replaced by a woman, “Carla,” who is very difficult to work with. In fact, I’m convinced that she is a liar and a troublemaker.

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Dear Annie: Babysitter blasts on social media

Dear Annie: I consider myself to be a self-aware social media poster. However, there is a family member on Facebook who posts her child care needs at least once a week. She posts the day and time she needs and has said the names of the children who need a sitter. She has three children.

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Dear Annie: Breathing, terrible allergies a bother

Dear Annie: My husband of 42 years discovered a new way of breathing, and it has made me scared to death. I am afraid that he might die in his sleep.

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Dear Annie: Ex stealing money?

Dear Annie: My wife left me a little over a year ago.

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