Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Wife returns after 8-year absence


I’ve been married for 34 years. During most of them, I was unfaithful. I never felt like I was truly married because my husband never gave me the time of day, but I liked my marital status because, I guess, we were companions. As soon as my kids married and the nest was empty, I left. I didn’t feel I needed to stay and be unhappy, so I moved out. Why I didn’t divorce him during those eight years is beyond me.

We are now back together, and I don’t know why. We’re not physically attracted to each other, and he is manipulati­ve, selfish and sarcastic. Why, Abby, am I afraid to move on from this? I hate it when we’re alone at home. I’d rather spend the day with my grandchild­ren. I didn’t miss him at all when I was away, but he called me often and I felt obligated and guilty. What should I do?



— Searching for Happy in Arizona


If you really want to find “happy,” the place to start would be in the office of a licensed psychother­apist. Once you figure out why you were willing to settle for marriage to a manipulati­ve, selfish, sarcastic man to whom you are not attracted, you will figure out what your next move should be. From where I sit, it should be in the direction of the office of a lawyer who can help you untangle yourself from your unhealthy marriage.

I work for a department within law enforcemen­t that has been on a hiring spree for the past few months due to retirement­s. One of our new hires is an obnoxious knowit-all. When we are talking policy, she constantly corrects us, usually incorrectl­y. When we try to explain to her about her being wrong, she twists whatever we’re talking about to make her sound right, or says we’re being rude.


It’s not just policy stuff. Everyday conversati­on can be frustratin­g. I made a comment about a geographic­al location, and she proceeded to argue about it. She then Googled it and realized I was, in fact, correct. I don’t want to argue with someone daily who thinks she’s always right. I’ve tried to let it go or say, “Yes, OK, you’re right,” but it is hard sometimes. My boss is no help. He doesn’t deal with her daily, so he doesn’t see it and says we all “just need to get along.” How do I profession­ally approach this situation?

— Over Her in Oregon

If this new hire’s personalit­y problem continues, it could poison the entire department. Ask your co-workers if they have experience­d what you have with the woman and, if they have, approach your boss AS A GROUP to discuss it. That way, it will be chalked up as a personnel problem rather than a personal one.


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