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: Is she a shark on the hunt?

My husband has a friend, “Ralph,” who is half his age and was recently married. Ralph’s wife, “Katherine,” is always texting my husband, and not me, to make plans to go out to eat.

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Dear Annie: Differing perspectives on the college admissions scandal

Dear Annie: My best friend and I agree on almost everything, but something has come up that has caused us to argue, and we decided to turn to you for advice. We both have children who are in their first year of high school, and when they graduate they want to go to college.

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Dear Annie: Niece’s nuptials causing conflict

Dear Annie: I am feeling so conflicted. My niece, “Melanie,” is getting married in June.

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Dear Annie: In need of impartial assessment

Dear Annie: My oldest sister has five grown children. Four live out of town, and one lives with his mother. My sister has never been able to stand up for herself very well.

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Dear Annie: Writing down what’s hard to say aloud

Dear Annie: I am trying to decide if I should print out the following letter and give it to my wife. What do you think?

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Dear Annie: Competition in yoga class

Dear Annie: For the past four years, I have taken a yoga class at our local senior center.

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Dear Annie: Too late to buy a house?

Dear Annie: Usually active and energetic, I will be turning 80 in the spring. How I dread that birthday! Once my favorite season, spring now haunts me.

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Dear Annie: Feeling listless

Dear Annie: I enjoy my job, but I’m not satisfied.

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Dear Annie: Aging mother causing strife

Dear Annie: My family is dealing with an aging mother.

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Dear Annie: When preferences become an obsession

It has become quite obvious that our kids’ generation is totally consumed with a certain famous coffee brand. I like to refer to it as “Fancypants Coffee.”

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