What’s in a name? That which we call a rose…

DEAR MISS MANNERS: How does one deal with false modesty? I found myself caught flat-footed when chatting with a textile artist. I joked that he could be the one to help me with my blanket stitch, and he responded that his handwork wasn’t very good. Fine; I’d been mostly kidding anyway. But then he wentContinue reading “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose…”

Self-absorption, controlling tendencies, and more self-absorption.

Dear Amy: I’m undergoing treatment for breast cancer. People have had some very odd reactions to the baldness caused by my chemotherapy. I’m not asking for advice on how to handle it, but I am seeking an explanation. I find it very strange that several friends have asked to see me bald. Those who seeContinue reading “Self-absorption, controlling tendencies, and more self-absorption.”

Mesmerizing Meg is on call today!

Dear Mesmerizing Meg: Okay, so a Coach/Trainer asked if he could use my premises for a daylong workshop he was conducting. He further added that I could attend it too. No money was discussed at all. And during the conversations there was no talk about any fee that I would need to remit.  Initially, IContinue reading “Mesmerizing Meg is on call today!”

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!”

Good night, John Boy. No, really. Go to sleep and leave me alone!

Dear Annie: My son has been dating a girl for a little over three years. My husband and I really like her. Our son loves her. Here’s the problem: I have asked her before to help in the kitchen with meal preparation and cleanup, and she refuses. They come once a week for meals, andContinue reading “Good night, John Boy. No, really. Go to sleep and leave me alone!”

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!”

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.”

She’s not there yet!

Dear Annie: I’m 48 years old. I’ve been a single mom since I had my first kid — in other words, since forever. I’ve never really had healthy relationships with men. I’m way too trusting and just want love so badly. A few months ago, I accidentally texted a man I knew from high school.Continue reading “She’s not there yet!”

I’m ridiculously on the fence in both letters here!

Dear Annie: My sister passed away in September, and I was really looking forward to spending an evening with her family during Christmas. I’d not really been close with her husband or children in the past, but it’s important to me to spend time with them now. Well, apparently, my ex-husband has been invited toContinue reading “I’m ridiculously on the fence in both letters here!”

Insecurity, singing teddy bears, and mysterious gifts!

Dear Amy: I am in turmoil over a new dating relationship. He is everything I want to have in a partner. We have a connection with each other I never thought I would find. We’ve been dating for almost two months. We live about 45 minutes from each other, so it’s not easy to seeContinue reading “Insecurity, singing teddy bears, and mysterious gifts!”

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