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Dear Susan: My soon-to-be ex-wife made a real mess of our finances. I trusted her with the banking and bill paying because she has always worked as a bookkeeper. Everything was okay for the first couple of years, then things started happening that made me suspicious. Like my credit card would be declined or the […]

Lots of my clients struggle with ethical dilemmas. Here are some examples. Your father abused you as a child, abandoned the family and never bothered to support you. Now he’s in ill health and calls asking for your help. Waddaya do? You’ve spent years nursing your mother through her last illness while your siblings did […]

Dear Susan:   I grew up in a small town and went to church every week with my family.  But that didn’t stop me from getting into trouble.  My friends and I routinely drank, had sex and did drugs from the time we were 15 or so.  Most of us grew up and turned out […]

DISCLAIMER:  I just want to state for the record that my daughters-in-law are wonderful women and great mothers and I love them both dearly.  This column is not about them.  It’s about me.  As usual. When I had sons I never really thought about the fact that I would some day have daughters-in-law.  Worse than […]

Dear Susan:   I have been dating my boyfriend for five years now.  When I got laid off my job, he suggested I move in with him to save expenses so I did.  I was unable to find suitable work and my unemployment ran out.  My boyfriend told me it was okay for me to […]

  God bless technology!  Never before have so many people had the power to so thoroughly upset so many of their friends and relatives so very quickly!  Just like the advent of cell phones has forever changed the dynamics of dating and marriage, FaceBook has made the navigation of all relationships just that much more […]

Dear Susan:   I have been friends with a lady since we were in middle school.  We both experimented with drugs and drank while underage, but after that, we took every different paths.  I sobered up, finished school, got some job training and have been supporting myself pretty well for the last five years.  My […]

Look, I already get up at 5:30 every morning.  I take a two-mile walk, bathe, get dressed, have breakfast while reading the paper and am in my office by 8:00 a.m.  IS THAT NOT EARLY ENOUGH!?!?  Now I have to get up at what amounts to 4:30 a.m.  THAT’S INSANE!!!  Why can’t the government just […]

Dear Susan:   My husband just confessed to me that he was molested as a child by an older boy.  I would like to think that he did this because he trusts me, but I feel like it is in response to our frequent fights about sex.  All my friends tell me their husbands are […]

My husband I live in what used to be a small cotton-farming town that has since evolved into a bedroom community of Dallas.  But even though that large, metropolitan city is less than 30 miles to the west, it might as well be on the other side of the Earth considering how many times we […]

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