Pass the happy pills!

Dear Amy: Almost 20 years ago when my husband and I were just 19 years old, he cheated on me. Twenty years on, I’m still having a hard time trusting him. Will I ever be able to trust him — or will I always feel this way? What can I do to start trusting him?Continue reading “Pass the happy pills!”

Playing with fire.

Dear Amy: I was close friends with a woman, “B,” for 10 years. Around six months ago, our friendship began to unravel because of her sudden racism, spreading rumors about me, her husband being incredibly grossly sexual toward me, her narcotic addictions, and the amount of time I spent watching her children while she andContinue reading “Playing with fire.”

Please excuse me. I’m sexually acting out.

Dear Amy: Recently, I noticed that the 13-year-old daughter of some close friends has been posting sexually provocative photos of herself on Instagram. This is a public account, and strange men make sexual comments on her posts. She responds with lewd remarks that couldn’t be printed in a family newspaper. I find it alarming, andContinue reading “Please excuse me. I’m sexually acting out.”

Incapable of independent thought.

Dear Amy: My mother-in-law reaches out to me only when she is concerned about her son. He’s an only child, and she constantly worries about him. She calls or texts me to ask how he’s eating, exercising, his latest bowel movements … you get my drift. I want to think the best of her. IContinue reading “Incapable of independent thought.”

Bragadocious and social media likes.

Dear Amy: A few years ago, my girlfriend’s friend told her that I was hitting on her. My girlfriend asked her what I did to make her feel that way, she said, “He asked me questions, and when I answered them he followed up with questions about my answers.” My girlfriend said, “How is thatContinue reading “Bragadocious and social media likes.”

Paper as a metaphor!

Dear Amy: I am a single male in my early 30s. After law school, I met “Judith,” and we became best friends. Judith and I were both competitive athletes in the same sport, the same age and knew some of the same people. The friendship was always strictly platonic. Honestly, I considered her my bestContinue reading “Paper as a metaphor!”

Whining and phoning it in.

Dear Amy: My adult middle child and I struggled during my parenting years. I always connected with her older brother and younger sister more easily than with her. I had no idea how much this hurt her until she moved out. Once during a conversation, she shared many, many incidents showing a lack of affection duringContinue reading “Whining and phoning it in.”

Fixing the pattern.

Dear Amy: I’m a smart, well-educated woman in my mid-50s. I’ve been dating “Chas,” (in his mid-60s) for five years. This is my first relationship after over 30 years with my ex. (My ex-husband abruptly left me and our kids for another woman). Chas and I have maintained a long-distance relationship. He tells me dailyContinue reading “Fixing the pattern.”

Whoops! This post deserves a name!

Dear Annie: I am 77 years old and have known for most of my life that I’m not beautiful. I have a sharp chin and nose and have actually had a few warts removed. I realized when I was a child that I was not cute — a fact that was reinforced through my teenContinue reading “Whoops! This post deserves a name!”

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