Eh, change your outlook.

TRIGGER: SUICIDE (discussed in the context of a tragic news story.) Dear Annie: My ex and I got married when I was 19. We stayed together for 10 years, during which I was dealing with untreated depression. That did not make life easy for either of us. Eventually, he left, leaving me to care for theContinue reading “Eh, change your outlook.”

The truth about Oz.

TRIGGER WARNING: SEXUAL ABUSE DEAR ABBY: I reached out recently to the daughter of my cousin who had just passed away. I offered condolences and a picture of her great-grandfather, who was my grandfather. I also shared some warm memories of her dad, my cousin. She shot back with some seriously negative information about herContinue reading “The truth about Oz.”

Bound and determined.

Dear Annie: Two years ago, I got on my then-17-year-old son for using a very derogatory term for women. I told him that the word should not be a part of his vocabulary, and it would cause great harm to his reputation if he were to use the word in public. He got angry withContinue reading “Bound and determined.”

Loony!

Dear Amy: I have struggled with my mental health my entire life. I’ve been in and out of several psychiatric hospitals over the past few years. I’ve always been private with my emotions, having been raised in a family that doesn’t talk about feelings. Therefore, my first hospital admission came as a surprise to myContinue reading “Loony!”

Ask Amy’s column today is pretty darned good!

Dear Amy: I am in a terrible relationship that’s lasted two tumultuous years. I met him after recovering from an operation. I had been alone for years, as my life was consumed by raising my children, pulling a boy out of a war zone and teaching music. Unfortunately, my boyfriend is a liar. He’s hadContinue reading “Ask Amy’s column today is pretty darned good!”

Annie Lane has no quality advice, so she just tosses out the names of some resources. Bravo!

Dear Annie: I’ve hit a dead end and am not sure what to do. My family has become dysfunctional to the point of my wanting to take my husband and kids and move far away from them all. I am grown, married and have two sons. I have an adult brother, “Joey,” who has becomeContinue reading “Annie Lane has no quality advice, so she just tosses out the names of some resources. Bravo!”

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.”

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.”

Where we find value.

So, for a handful of different reasons, I’ve been devaluing myself lately, but then my psychic friend, Ash, made me see how much value I have. It blew my mind. She reminded me of something I’d forgotten about myself. My life as a child and teen were pure hell, particularly starting at the age ofContinue reading “Where we find value.”

Silencing the dysfunction.

Dear Amy: In response to “Tired Ears,” I had a similar situation with my niece. She would call and talk nonstop. Mostly she wanted to rant about her mother (my sister), and how her mother always hated her, etc. So not true! Finally, I’d had it. I said to her, “Do not talk about myContinue reading “Silencing the dysfunction.”

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