Dear Amy: I have seven brothers and sisters. One of my brothers waited to get married until his mid-40s. Before marrying, he was happy and everybody loved him. Unfortunately his wife turned out to be a shrew and turned him into a beaten-down and unhappy man. She found fault with almost everyone in our large family and has kicked my brother out of the house twice. For the last four years she has refused to attend any of our family functions. My brother has attended while she stayed at home.
Dear Amy: My ex and have been separated for six years. After that we were on and off as a couple, but a year ago I told him I was seeing someone and I didn’t want to continue this on and off nonsense and that I wanted to be friends.
Dear Amy: I am 64; my wife is 62. We are empty nesters. My wife and I are intimate most often on Saturday and Sunday mornings, often Wednesday morning when I have a day off, and occasionally at other times as well. I have ED issues, which I deal with successfully.
Dear Amy: I am a transgendered female. I began my journey six years ago and have successfully come out at work and with friends and family. This has involved doctors, therapists, medications, surgeries and a lot of fortitude. I have only one more surgery to go (yes, that one). I am now at a point where my life (socially and professionally) is pretty standard. Men are showing interest, which is nice, but it’s also kind of frightening, in that I can’t tell if the men I meet know I’m a trans-person.
Dear Amy: My wife and I have been married for more than 50 years. We are both in our 70s. About seven months ago, my wife stopped having sex with me. She has been ill and so have I. She said she can’t have sex until she is completely better. I have asked her if she still desires me and she said she does, but that we have to wait.
Dear Amy: One of our children recently married into a large, close-knit, gregarious family. These folks spend all holidays together, they vacation together and, although most of them live halfway across the country from our child and spouse, they often hop on a plane and come for short visits between family get-togethers.
Dear Amy: My sister is a very highly paid professional. She makes twice the money that I do (and I am doing pretty well). I love her very much, and she is very generous with me, even though I don’t ask for (or need) anything.
Dear Amy: A few years ago, my brother asked my husband and me if we would be willing to take in his daughter, as she was going through a difficult time and needed to leave her hometown. We were delighted to have our niece live with us. She was never charged for rent or food. She is family and we were very happy to help.
Dear Amy: I’ve struggled with this issue for nearly a decade. I fell in love with my best friend in high school. It was a lost cause because I’m gay and he’s straight. He “experimented” with me but had no interest in a relationship; he went on to have a child with a woman. I moved away to college, dated others, even went to counseling, but I’ve never been able to stop being in love with him. So many things make me think of him, and no feeling since has measured up to my first love.