Safety, Miss Manners! Safety!

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Our very cute dog, “Wally,” has enjoyed the occasional table scrap on top of her usual dog food dinners. As a result, she has added a few pounds to her otherwise sleek physique. Lately, my wife has been gently chastising her, even calling her “pudgy.” I’m concerned that this is not onlyContinue reading “Safety, Miss Manners! Safety!”

Exposed to unhealthy eating and family photos.

Dear Amy: I recently decided to move back in with my mom and younger sister for the remainder of the pandemic. The problem is that I find myself thinking extremely unkind things about them, because both of them are overweight. I find myself thinking almost obsessively about how gross I find their bodies and feelingContinue reading “Exposed to unhealthy eating and family photos.”

Coming to the defense of the immoral?

Dear Amy: I’m asking for advice for my younger sister, “Stella.” Like a lot of people right now, Stella is using a social media account delivering “X-rated entertainment” to make extra income. Our older cousin “Candace” is married to “Ted.” They have three kids. Ted is about 17 years older than Stella. Stella found outContinue reading “Coming to the defense of the immoral?”

Meg’s off the chain.

Small problem. I’m schizophrenic, right? Well, apparently my good friend Ash, the psychic, has discovered an app that takes her face and puts it all over movie stars and other fictional characters. She has one image of herself talking to herself as two main characters from Labyrinth, a movie I used to like. And she hasContinue reading “Meg’s off the chain.”

Here’s to lost opportunities to help people!

Dear Amy: I’m a woman, currently dating a man younger than me. He pursued me relentlessly before I agreed to go out with him. On our first date, I leaned in to kiss him and he got a terrified look on his face and blurted out, “I’m gay!” I immediately left and avoided him forContinue reading “Here’s to lost opportunities to help people!”

Demoted!

Dear Amy: I am a 63-year-old widower. My late wife died nine years ago. Dating has been brutal. I dated a lady for two years. She is a nurse and is deeply involved in public health during this pandemic. It is overwhelming for her. I tried to support her with gifts, books, and home-cooked dinners.Continue reading “Demoted!”

Phone calls and emails: a blog post about communications.

Dear Annie: I read your column every day. Of course, lately, the issues revolve around COVID-19 and the problem of being unable to gather for significant events, especially holidays. People seem to be going the extra mile to find alternative ways to “gather.” I would appreciate it if you could remind your readers that thereContinue reading “Phone calls and emails: a blog post about communications.”

Sibling discord and the friends versus acquaintances issue.

Dear Amy: So many of the questions to your column involve family members — often siblings — who are locked into their own drama or estranged from each other. As you’ve noted, often these estrangements carry on through generations. My family has sibling drama, too. When my kids were small, my husband and I startedContinue reading “Sibling discord and the friends versus acquaintances issue.”

Never overassert yourself!

Dear Amy: I have recently started (online) therapy. After only a few sessions I feel comfortable with her and hope to establish a good relationship in order to work through some old traumas. During our last session, she suggested I read a recent self-help book and follow the exercises. The author of the book relatesContinue reading “Never overassert yourself!”

Shift the focus.

Dear Amy: Lately, I have been doubting myself in every aspect of my life. I am always sad. I am working on my teaching certification, and I cannot get myself to open my laptop and work. My boyfriend is amazing, yet I always find something to argue about. I get very upset over nothing. YesterdayContinue reading “Shift the focus.”

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