Q Dear Miss Abigail: Will I stay lonely forever? Signed, Maris A Dear Maris: I cannot say whether you shall remain lonely forever, my dear, for I do not know you or your situation. But Dorothy Dix’s words on the dateless girl (from a chapter in How To Win And Hold A Husband) offers some things […]
Those Who May Not Marry
This week’s selection is from a book published by Dr. Warren Bowman, who was, at the time, pastor of a church in Miss Abigail’s home base, Washington, D.C. You’ll be relieved to find out that Home Builders of America (as I read in the introduction) “wholly avoids ‘pornographic paragraphs,’” and that “no one, indeed, would have […]
Leopard Skin and Grandmothers ~ A Bad Mix?
Q Dear Miss Abigail: What should I do about my mother-in-law? She is gregarious and outspoken. Frankly she appalls me. Which brings me to another question – should a grandmother wear leopard skin capri pants? Signed, Simply Shocked A Dear Shocked: Leopard print! I bet the grandkids love that. So please, for the sake of […]
Just Say No to Minivans
Q Dear Miss Abigail: My husband and I live in a major metropolitan area, where the average age at marriage is about 37.5, and the average amount of time that elapses between wedding vows and baby bottles is somewhere in the neighborhood of 11 months. Our problem is this: we wed at the infantile age […]
“How’s Married Life Treating You?”
Q Dear Miss Abigail: My sweetie and I cohabited for several years before marrying. I have found myself astonished at the number of people who have asked questions along the lines of “so, how’s married life treating you?” Although I can think of several flip and not-so-proper responses, I am in need of something that […]
Falling in Love with a Married Man
This was originally written long ago with Monica Lewinsky on the mind, but perhaps it will continue to guide other young people as they make decisions about who they spend their time with. 1956: Falling in Love with a Married Man Very little has ever been written about falling in love with a married man. […]
My Mother-in-law Is Ruining My Marriage!
Q Dear Miss Abigail: How do I deal with my evil mother-in-law without ruining my marriage? Signed, Lovely Wife A Dear Lovely: Honey! Sweetie! Darling! Don’t fret. Miss Abigail is here to help. 1954: Try a Little Empathy Empathy, which is the ability to put yourself in the other person’s place, is of tremendous value […]
Making Him Popular
Q Dear Miss Abigail: My problem is my fiancé. I love him dearly but it seems that his work colleagues feel quite differently. This all came out on a recent training weekend when they were all a bit worse for wear. His job means everything to him and he is good at it, so I […]
Go Hubby! Get a Job! Go Hubby! Ra Ra Ra!
Q Dear Miss Abigail: My husband lost his job. Any suggestions for how to be supportive and not be a nag. i.e. “so, what did you do today, dear?” Obviously not a good thing to say. Signed, Debbie A Dear Debbie: Yeah, I guess that would be a little awkward, particularly when the job market […]
How to Help Your Husband Get Ahead
This week I bring you something a little different. What follows is the complete table of contents of Mrs. Dale Carnegie’s, um, intertesting book titled How to Help Your Husband Get Ahead, which shows quite clearly how warped some of this stuff can be. This one is definitely a keeper. Only after the introduction is the […]