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Annie Lane

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Dear Annie: Intimidated by boyfriend’s female friends

I’ve been dating “Tim” for about a year. When we first started dating, I was intimidated by how pretty some of his female friends were, but that feeling faded when I got to know them.

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Dear Annie: What to do when teenage third wheel tags along

Dear Annie: I do not get to see my friend “Amy” as often as I’d like because of our busy schedules.

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Dear Annie: Dessert’s not the problem

Dear Annie: My husband and I have both been married before, and our children are from our first marriages.

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Dear Annie: Different priorities in retirement

Dear Annie: My husband and I have just retired, and I’m beginning to worry about our personality differences.

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Dear Annie: Should I stay (at this job), or should I go?

Dear Annie: For the past year, I have been working as a licensed nursing assistant, taking care of residents. I love the patients, and I’ve gotten very close to them. But the facility administration itself doesn’t work with employees to meet their needs.

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Dear Annie: Man wants to say the right things

Dear Annie: Recent revelations regarding sexual harassment have prompted me to examine some of my own behavior and actions as they relate to women.

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Dear Annie: Wedding guests left hanging

Dear Annie: I recently attended a couple of weddings that left me baffled.

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Dear Annie: Taker in the form of a giver

Dear Annie: My brother-in-law, “Tom,” is 70 years old and a totally disabled Navy veteran.

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Dear Annie: No consequences for bad behavior

Dear Annie: I am inclined to ask for an outside opinion after spending time with my grandkids at their home last night and witnessing a lot of violent behavior with which they got away.

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Dear Annie: Adventures with social media leave her feeling left out

In this day and age, it is very hard to ignore what people are doing in their private lives when it’s plastered all over Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Specifically, I am referring to photos of social gatherings that have me feeling left out.

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Dear Annie: Making sexy eyes at other men

My husband of 45 years and I are at our wits’ end. We have seen counselors and even tried hypnosis, to no avail.

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Dear Annie: Activities galore

Dear Annie: I’m interested in so many things that I think I have become a jack-of-all-trades.

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Dear Annie: When does milk go bad?

Dear Annie: My husband and I disagree on when to discard milk. Lately, I find that our milk is spoiled by the “sell by” date on the bottle.

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Dear Annie: All but biological

Dear Annie: I recently discovered that the man I called Dad all my life was not my biological father, after he passed away last year.

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Dear Annie: Look who dropped in

Dear Annie: I occasionally have lunch with a relative whose company I enjoy.

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Dear Annie: When germy friends come to visit

Dear Annie: Two elderly friends I know who live far away made plans to spend about six days in my city.

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Dear Annie: For god and country — or something

I have witnessed a change in a local American Legion post over the past several years.

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Dear Annie: Getting back on the teaching horse

I am in my 20s and working multiple jobs. A few years ago, I began substitute teaching at the elementary school in the town I grew up in.

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Dear Annie: Residence wrangling

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for 26 years.

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Dear Annie: Husband drops bombshell after 60 years

Dear Annie: If anyone could ever die of a broken heart, it would be me at 77.

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Dear Annie: Wanting the clothes-free life

Dear Annie: I’m a man in my 30s who is a nudist at heart. Though I enjoy doing things clothes-free, my wife, “Jamie,” does not.

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Dear Annie: Younger brother is a mess

Dear Annie: I’ve spent years watching my youngest brother tear my family apart, and now I need to make it stop.

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Dear Annie: Wife does nothing to benefit the house

Dear Annie: I am 57 years old. My wife and I have been married for 20 years, and we don’t have kids.

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Dear Annie: Mom shocked by son’s opinion of her

Just the other day, my son, “Ben,” was talking to his stepdad, and he said some hurtful things about me — that I’m all about me, that it’s always my way or the highway.

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Dear Annie: Heart left on the East Coast

Dear Annie: I am from Northern California. I went to college back East and worked in New York for three years after school.

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Dear Annie: Girlfriend’s deadbeat son being enabled

Dear Annie: My girlfriend, “Lenna,” and I have been together for about 2 1/2 years.

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Dear Annie: Leave the dogs at home when you come over

Dear Annie: I have three dogs. I love them and treat them well.

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Dear Annie: Intervene cautiously for daughter being bullied at school

My daughter, an eighth-grader, had always enjoyed going to school until recently.

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Dear Annie: Should weight loss effort focus on diet or exercise?

I have three childhood friends who also still live in the area where we grew up, and we get together for lunch or dinner every month or two.

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Dear Annie: Not inviting family members to the wedding

Your help is needed to resolve a family problem.

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Dear Annie: Too close to stepfather?

Dear Annie: I am a 13-year-old boy in Kentucky, and my friend told me about you and said you could probably help me.

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Dear Annie: Man in new city has change of heart about girlfriend

Dear Annie: My girlfriend, “Lucy,” and I started dating three years ago, during our senior year of college.

Dear Annie: No photos, please. Feeling self-conscious

Dear Annie: I use Facebook to keep up with relatives and friends, but I hardly post anything — especially not pictures of myself.

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Dear Annie: Hoarder is drowning in junk

Dear Annie: A close friend, “Jenna,” has a mental illness: She hoards. Her house would be condemned if the health administration were to go there.

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Dear Annie: Concerns over smoking around a baby

Dear Annie: I love reading your column so much that I have decided to ask your opinion on a sensitive issue.

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Dear Annie: Shoplifting in front of the kids

My son and his wife have been married for 11 years, and my daughter-in-law, age 31, has struggled with alcoholism, depression and anxiety for the past six years.

Dear Annie: Dead-end relationship

Dear Annie: I met my boyfriend, “Tyler,” almost six years ago. For the past two years, I’ve been wondering whether he truly loves me.

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Dear Annie: Gambling husband leaves woman struggling

Dear Annie: I’m a woman in my 90s. My husband and I were married in 1949 when I was 21. He died in 2001. We have one son.

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Dear Annie: Sons not welcome at family funeral

Dear Annie: This is a problem I know my family will have pretty soon.

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Dear Annie: Infidelity on both sides harms marriage

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been together for 20 years and married for four.

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Dear Annie: Leaving the nest but doesn’t want to visit colleges

Dear Annie: I need your advice. My very musically gifted high school senior appears to want to go to college and major in music performance. But he is refusing to visit colleges.

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Dear Annie: Husband ‘just kidding’ about infidelity 35 years later

My husband and I have been married for more than 40 years. During the first five years of our marriage, he confessed to several instances of infidelity.

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Dear Annie: For controlling mother, it’s all about her

At age 50, thanks to loving support, I’m starting to stand up to my controlling mother.

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Dear Annie: How to handle delicate situation with father figure

I am a 41-year-old happily married man with three beautiful children. I have created a problem that I have no idea how to resolve.

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Dear Annie: How much discomfort can you tolerate?

I recently was on a short flight. A young couple and their two children were seated behind me. One was 11 months old; the other was 2 years old.

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Dear Annie: Are business cards a thing of the past?

While clearing out my desk and bookshelf for some late spring-cleaning, I came across a few business cards from folks I, at one time, thought I would definitely need or want to stay in contact with.

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Dear Annie: Mom seemingly favors girl’s older brother

I am a 13-year-old girl in Montreal. I go to a private high-tech school with nice friends and teachers. I have divorced parents and an elder brother, “Edward.”

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Dear Annie: Husband, sister don’t get along

I am having issues with my sister, “Sharon.” We are both in our early 50s and have always had a good relationship, but she and my husband, “Rick,” haven’t gotten along in the 26 years I’ve been married.

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Dear Annie: An ex wants more

Dear Annie: Three years ago, my former high school sweetheart and I had a one-night stand.

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Dear Annie: Money issues causes family strain

Dear Annie: My father-in-law and mother-in-law died a couple of years ago, months apart from each other.

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