Classic Ann Landers

By Ann Landers

February 2, 2020 3 min read

Editor's Note: Hundreds of Ann Landers' loyal readers have requested that newspapers continue to publish her columns. These letters originally appeared in 1999.

Dear Ann Landers: I thought you might enjoy these tidbits of cowboy wisdom that I picked up from the internet. — Dave from Cumberland, Md.

Dear Dave: Those "tidbits" are solid hunks of wisdom for the population at large, not only cowboys. I'm pleased to pass them on. Here they are:

1. Don't squat with your spurs on.

2. Don't interfere with something that ain't bothering you none.

3. Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.

4. The easiest way to eat crow is while it's still warm. The colder it gets the harder it is to swallow.

5. The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with watches you shave his face in the mirror every morning.

6. A woman marries a man thinking she can change him, but she can't. A man marries a woman thinking she will never change, but she does.

7. Never ask a barber whether you need a haircut.

8. Never miss a good chance to shut up.

Dear Ann Landers: You have printed several letters about grown children who make no provisions for their later years because they expect their parents to leave them an inheritance. I thought you might enjoy this classified ad from the Everett, Wash., Herald. It appeared in Reader's Digest.

"Dick and Pegge's 50th anniversary party has been canceled due to lack of interest. They are now going around the world — courtesy of their children's inheritance." — L.K. in Chicago

Dear Chicago: Beautiful! I hope your letter will encourage more seniors to do the same. Many parents scrimp and save, denying themselves the small luxuries of life so they can leave something to children and grandchildren who, too often, neither deserve nor appreciate it.

Drugs are everywhere. They're easy to get, easy to use and even easier to get hooked on. If you have questions about drugs, you need Ann Landers' booklet, "The Lowdown on Dope." To find out more about Ann Landers and read her past columns, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at


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