For months I’ve faithfully read the “Dear Abby” advice columns to learn the current problems average people face in our topsy-turvy world.This advice column is something of a national institution going back over 60 years and is a fairly reliable indicator of real people seeking real answers to real problems today.After repeatedly being lied to, I am now couch-surfing, mainly at my ex-husband’s house.I feel tired and broken — no income, no home, no respect and no hope of him getting it together. A.: You will feel less broken after you have consulted a lawyer about helping you get out of this fraudulent marriage.Dear Abby: My stepmother had a recipe for meat loaf that she found in your column years ago.She made it for us often when we visited, and we all loved it. Dear Jenna: I’m pleased to share that recipe once again. Now that you have mentioned it, when I go to the market later, I’ll pick up the ingredients and make it for dinner tonight. This recipe is part of my cookbooklet set, which has recipes for appetizers, soups, salads, vegetable side dishes, main courses and delicious desserts. By the way, the cookbooklet set also contains a tasty recipe for turkey meat loaf for those who have sworn off red meat, which clearly I haven’t. ground beef 1 cup seasoned Italian bread crumbs ½ cup finely chopped onion 1/3 cup ketchup 1/3 cup water 1 teaspoon garlic powder 2 eggs Pepper to taste Salt, if desired 4 strips bacon, if desired Heat oven to 350 degrees. Dear Abby: I have been dating “Brian” for five months.All I have figured out is to start over and remain single as he is my third husband. And you and your lawyer should bring this to the attention of whoever holds the lease on that parsonage.
DEAR ABBY: I have a friend, "Charlene," whom I met through a local charity organization.She also made a couple of inappropriate comments to me during our first meeting.When I mention to Brian that I don’t think it’s a healthy “friendship,” he becomes defensive.Should I bow out now and cut my losses, get to know Allison better, or tell Brian it’s me or her?Dear Third Wheel: Brian seems like a nice, caring person. I vote for standing pat a while longer and making an effort to befriend Allison.I went to a party with people I viewed as friends, had too much to drink and the evening ended with my being raped by someone I thought I knew.