Writer wants to dump sister

Dear Annie: My sister, about this, but don’t believe “Lena,” has been a problem we did anything wrong. Any for decades. She abused her suggestions, or do we just children physically and con- ignore all the drama? -- A tinues to abuse the rest of Grave Situation the family emotionally. She Dear Grave Situation: is haughty and manipulative Ignore it. Unless Mark is and lies to everyone. Her willing to sell the adjacent own kids want nothing to do plot to his ex-wife, she has with her. no claim on it. If she wants I am the last person left in to be buried near her son, the family who talks to Lena. she should look at nearby She constantly expects me plots and see what she can to run errands for her, loan arrange. her money and Dear Annie: I take care of her think your answer when she is sick, to “Hurting which is always. Mother” was way She never reciprooff base. She deficates. This is now nitely stated that her affecting my blood granddaughter had pressure, and my unlocked the door, children want me which means she to cut her off. I’m must have locked ready. But if I do access to the dog. this, it will make What more could certain social situshe have done? It ations awkward. Annie’s Mailbox was up to the parWe move in the ents to watch their same circles. child. It would make it easier It appears to me that to walk away if I had some “Susan” is looking for a way tools to use. What do I say to make an easy buck off the when people ask about Lena? mother she hates so much. -- Need the Break I, too, am glad the little girl Dear Need: It depends will be all right, but it’s her on what they are asking. parents who have the probIf they want to know how lem, not her grandmother. she’s doing, any variation on -- Huachuca City, Ariz. “fine” or “same as always” Dear Arizona: We must is sufficient. If they want to have been sleeping when we know more, you can simply read that letter. We agree that say, “You should ask Lena.” Susan sounds like a royal You don’t want to create pain and should have kept a a scene or invite a flurry closer eye on her child. But of follow-up questions, so it’s the grandmother who be vague and noncommit- has the problem. She wants tal. You don’t owe people to see her grandchild again, an explanation of your rela- and an apology may be the tionship or the details of an only way to do it. estrangement. Annie’s Mailbox is writDear Annie: My hus- ten by Kathy Mitchell and band, “Mark,” and I have Marcy Sugar, longtime edibeen together for 12 years. tors of the Ann Landers It’s a second marriage for column. Please email your both of us. His ex embezzled questions to anniesmail$30,000 and forged Mark’s box@comcast.net, or write name on her credit cards, to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o which she maxed out and Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd he paid for. Their daughter, Street, Hermosa Beach, CA now 35, calls her father only 90254. when she wants money. Last year, after a health scare, we made our funeral arrangements. Mark’s son died 20 years ago, and at that time, he bought three adjoining cemetery plots. When his ex divorced him, she got the house, car and everything else, but Mark got the burial plots. When his ex and his daughter saw our prepared headstone next to his son’s grave, they became hysterical. Annie, I am being cremated, and my ashes are being put in Mark’s headstone. The third cemetery plot is for any family member who might want it. They are solely in Mark’s name. Apparently, the ex wanted to be buried next to their son and doesn’t want me in the picture at all. Now Mark’s daughter barely has anything to do with her father. We feel bad


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Herald

Tomorrow’s Horoscope
WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2012 The year ahead is likely to be an extremely active one, especially at those times when you’re putting forth far more effort and energy than usual in order to satisfy some kind of inner need. By working hard, you’ll obtain your desires. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- If you’re not careful, a domestic confrontation over a minor infraction could overwhelm the household. Even though the issue is petty, it could generate major trouble. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -Although normally you’re pretty good about keeping your temper in check, if you’re not careful you could spontaneously overreact should your views or opinions be challenged. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Hanging around with friends who are notoriously extravagant or reckless with their funds opens up the possibility of you following their lead. Be your own person. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -If you’re at odds with your mate over something trivial, make sure you resolve it before going out with friends. You won’t want it to rear its ugly head when you’re trying to have a good time. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -Be exceptionally careful if you have to work with tools or materials with which you’re unfamiliar. You might have to keep a close eye on a helper who could be inexperienced, as well. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- When out with friends, be on your best behavior if you find someone in the group to be brash or rude. If you respond in kind, it’ll make you look bad, not him or her. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Before establishing a big objective, be sure it’s truly worthy of the trouble it might take to achieve it and not something that you won’t appreciate once you get it. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Your manner of expression could make a much stronger impression than you are likely to intend. Thus, be sure that what you say enhances your image, not damages it. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -Being a bit of a risk taker, you could easily jump into something that is financially way over your head. Be particularly wary of anything that seems too good to be true. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -Think twice before pulling the rug out from under a direct competitor. The consequences of your actions could take you down along with him or her. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Instead of vowing to eventually correct a mistake you made, take action the moment you realize your gaffe. The longer you wait, the worse it’ll get. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -There’s a chance you could get caught up in a situation in which the position you want to take opposes the will of the majority. Don’t try to fight city hall on your own.
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