A Father's Dying Wish Made Doubly Difficult Dear Annie: My father was in prison for my entire childhood. I am now 23 and have managed to build a good relationship with him since he was released two years ago. Recently, Dad became very ill and stopped breathing. He was on life support for a …Read more. Depressed and Dependent: A Moral Quagmire Dear Annie: My father recently passed away. Dad was helping to support my 43-year-old brother, "Ben," who suffers from depression and is on disability. Ben doesn't work and spends a great deal of time in bed or buying liquor and lottery tickets. He'…Read more. Pickers, Blowers and Other People You Don't Want To Eat With Dear Annie: My husband and I meet up with a group of family and close friends every week for lunch. One couple in this group (a close family member and her spouse) constantly blow their noses during our get-togethers. They use cloth handkerchiefs, …Read more. The Last Monday in May Dear Readers: Memorial Day has become a three-day holiday of picnics and cookouts. But there is a reason for this commemoration, so please remember the servicemen and women who died serving their country. Consider visiting a veterans hospital or …Read more.more articles
When Facebook Friends Aren't Friends at All
Dear Annie: My daughter is 13 years old. She has a 12-year-old friend, "Tasha," who is often left home alone, sometimes watching a younger sibling, while her mother works a second-shift job. Mom doesn't get home until 1:00 a.m.
My daughter is upset that I won't let her sleep over at Tasha's on the occasions when she's by herself or watching her sibling. Apparently, her other friends are allowed to do this, but I have my doubts that these friends' parents are aware that Tasha is alone so late.
I like Tasha and her mother, but I question the parent's judgment. Tasha has come here for sleepovers, and I allow my daughter to go to her home during the early evening, but only for a couple of hours because of the lack of supervision. Am I being too overprotective? — Concerned Mom
Dear Mom: No. We're sure Tasha is a perfectly responsible young girl, but if you would not leave your own child alone in the house until 1:00 a.m., there is no reason to allow it in someone else's home. (There are also legal issues about children under 16 being left unsupervised.) We imagine Tasha's mother does this because she cannot afford a sitter. It would be a great kindness if, on the days when Tasha is alone (and not taking care of her sister), you would offer to let her stay with you.
Dear Annie: I'm a professional single woman in my 50s. Several of my friends are quite active on Facebook and have recently been posting photographs of parties I've attended, including some from many years ago.
I do not wish to have my picture posted on Facebook and have said as much. These friends are ignoring my request with replies like, "But you look so good!" and "It's a great picture of you." I have asked my friends to let me preview any pictures before they post them, to no avail.
Am I being unreasonable? I am a very private person and am selective about sharing my life with others. What can I do? — Want My Privacy
Dear Want: Not too much.
Dear Annie: "Grossed Out in the Silver State" was upset about overweight people wearing ill-fitting clothes that show body parts. You agreed it "isn't pretty." You know what else isn't pretty? The assumption that obese people can afford new clothes.
It is well known that poor nutrition is a class issue. Many people have trouble eating well because they cannot afford healthy, fresh ingredients, or they don't have the time to prepare home-cooked meals. Eating right and exercising is easy when you have the time and resources, but if someone has put on extra weight and lacks the funds for a new wardrobe, one can hardly expect them to stay inside all the time.
We are not guaranteed a public environment that is personally appealing. I find those who openly gawk at others to be quite unattractive, but I wouldn't demand they stay home. — Massachusetts
Dear Massachusetts: We agree that poor nutrition and insufficient funds can make it difficult to maintain a healthy weight, even though jogging around the block doesn't require a lot of time or resources. What would help is for people to be better educated about the dangers of fast food and processed foods (which contain high levels of fat, salt and sugar), and for healthier alternatives to be cheaper to get.
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