News & Articles on WannaBuddy

STARCAST: Jupiter continues to crack eggs in fiery Sagittarius this week as Pluto prepares to retrograde in ambitious Capricorn. Expect an innovative spin on the historic tale (tail?) of crime and punishment. Hip hop has it that Pete Rabbit is a rare hare indeed. (click for more)

Dear Abby: My husband loves to dance, and so do I. In fact, we met dancing many years ago. He takes Zumba classes despite his knee problems. I loved Zumba but stopped because it hurt my knees. Many times women have come up to him — oblivious of my presence — to tell him how good he is. This has happened on cruises and just now in a restaurant. I love that he’s a good dancer. But I don’t like random women telling him so. It feels like they are flirting. Yes, I am jealous because he is my husband. Are my feelings normal? Jealous in the East Dear Jealous: As long as your husband acts appropriately in accepting the compliments, you may be overreacting. Instead of feeling jealousy, why are you not feeling a twinge of pride in his accomplishment? Your feelings are normal — for someone who is insecure. If you accept that you can’t stop people from complimenting your husband, and that giving him a verbal gold star isn’t necessarily flirting, you will both be better off. Dear Abby: My husband and I are in our late 40s and raised three very successful sons. We had always wanted to adopt but were not able to until our boys were grown. Everyone has been supportive except my husband’s parents. Our daughter, whom we brought home 3½ years ago, is now 7. Anyone who knows her adores her. She embraces family and has a beautiful relationship with her big brothers and their families. My in-laws have other grandchildren whom they shower with affection. Our daughter, not so much. She doesn’t seem to mind, so I know I shouldn’t let it bother me. However, I want our in-laws to be fair with her. I know I can’t make it so outside our immediate family circle. Am I being unrealistic? Perplexed in the Midwest Dear... (click for more)

We'll ask the singer songwriter three questions about the beloved character from the 1990s sitcom Family Matters. (click for more)

Rather is known for folksy sayings combining colorful metaphors with colorful wisdom. We're curious to see if he can pick out what he actually said from sayings that we just made up. (click for more)

Dear Abby: My 8-year-old daughter is seriously allergic to most animals, including cats and dogs. She was recently sent home from school sick after she had borrowed a sweater from a friend who has a cat. We are working with an allergist, but this isn’t going to go away with simple treatment. My sister lives in a different state and has invited my family to spend the holidays at her home this year. However, she recently started fostering stray animals for a local shelter and has between five and 10 of them in her house at a time, in addition to their two cats and a dog. I have told my sister we can’t visit her with the animals there. Although she insists that she’ll vacuum and it will be OK, there is no way this is safe for my kid. Even if we slept at a hotel, spending the day in a “furry” house will be uncomfortable if not dangerous for my daughter. My brother-in-law has a mild allergy for which he takes over-the-counter medication. My sister refuses to understand that this is different. She thinks I’m being difficult and overprotective, and she’s angry at me. She’s also unwilling to consider coming to our house. How do I get her to see that this isn’t about her, and I’m just protecting my kid? Fur’s Flyin’ in New Jersey Dear Fur’s Flyin’: Ask your daughter’s doctor to please — in the name of family harmony — write you a short letter explaining that because of your daughter’s severe allergy, she cannot be in an environment that hasn’t been professionally sanitized, and simply vacuuming isn’t enough to guarantee your daughter won’t wind up in an emergency room. Forward a copy of the letter to your sister with a loving note explaining that you aren’t trying to hurt her feelings, but your daughter’s health must come first.... (click for more)

Maria Taide Maldonado is a 47-year-old native San Franciscan and the married mother of two sons. She is also my hairdresser, and recently she told me that her commute to work is about to undergo a dramatic change. Maldonado, her husband and her younger son are moving to a home they bought in Arizona. Their young son will be in school there during the week under the watchful eye of his grandparents, who are immigrating to the U.S. from Venezuela. (click for more)