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Being too helpful to a friend in need can backfire


Last updated 10/10/2018 at Noon

Dear SharonAnn,

I am 72, a widow and estranged from my only child, retired from my profession and am feeling alone and bored. I like to help people when I can. Someone suggested renting out some of my extra space on Airbnb or hosting exchange students from college. I really don’t want someone in my home permanently, though.

Recently a friend is going through a bad time in his life with a divorce and the pending loss of his home. I offered to let him stay at my house until he gets back on his feet. He is working, but the divorce requirements have left him broke and...

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