Mesmerizing Meg tackles logic, harassment, and family trees.

Dear Mesmerizing Meg: I asked my boyfriend for his help putting ear drops into my hurt ear, and I didn’t really expect the response I got. And while I’m a capable of handling a no from someone, generally there’s a reason or an assumption to be made of why the answer is what it is.Continue reading “Mesmerizing Meg tackles logic, harassment, and family trees.”

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!”

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.”

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!”

Disturbing the peaceful slumber of the dead.

Dear Amy: My mother died almost 21 years ago. On the 20th anniversary of her death, I was reflecting on her life, our relationship and the ripples it sent through my life. For better or worse, I posted my thoughts on Facebook. Our relationship had some huge ups and downs. She was a difficult personContinue reading “Disturbing the peaceful slumber of the dead.”

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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