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Mr. Dad: Teen’s vacation rebellion normal

Dear Mr. Dad: Every summer our family takes a two-week trip to a national park in the Rockies. We camp, we hike, we fish, we explore. Until recently, it’s been …


Annie’s Mailbox: Try therapy to discover intimacy

Dear Annie: My husband, “Danny,” and I have been married for 37 years. We raised two daughters, who are now married with children of their own. As far as my …


Carolyn Hax: Relationship need not mean sacrifice

DEAR CAROLYN: I am a 28-year-old single male. I am in no hurry to get married, but I’m getting to the point where I’m tired of being the odd man …


Annie’s Mailbox: Give her family chance to change

Dear Annie: I’ve been in an off-and-on relationship with “Denise” for seven years. We were high school sweethearts and attended the same college. A lot of the strain on our …


It’s natural to be torn; choose a side

Dear Carolyn: After 13 years of marriage and several children, my son found a girlfriend and now the once loving couple is getting a divorce. My son has distanced himself …


Dr. Gott: Mammogram’s result may require follow-up testing

Dear Dr. Gott: I recently had a mammogram that, fortunately, was negative; the report, however, revealed I have dense, fibroglandular breasts bilaterally. Can you tell me what this means and …


Annie’s Mailbox: Farmer too busy for wife, family

Dear Annie: I have been married to “Tom,” a successful farmer, for seven years. We both have children from previous marriages, three of whom work here, and my youngest son …


Miss Manners: Invited guests carry obligation to send a reply

Dear readers: Guests ought to be insulted by response cards. Decent people of course already know (yes? yes?) that they must always reply to all invitations, even the most casual …


Mr. Dad: Toddlerproofing is its own science

Dear Mr. Dad: When my baby was born my wife and I spent a lot of time and energy babyproofing the house. Our child made it through infancy, but now …


Annie’s Mailbox: Bi or gay, hubby unlikely to change

Dear Annie: My husband, “Jonas,” and I own a small antique store that we have successfully operated for five years. We have no kids and have always been very close. …


Don’t delay enjoying good things in life

Dear Miss Manners: I have a flatware issue that perhaps you could shed light on. My everyday flatware is a set of stainless steel that I purchased over 20 years …


Marriage takes self-knowledge

Dear Carolyn: My on-again, off-again boyfriend of four years proposed a few weeks ago, and we are talking about getting married. We have had a tumultuous past with issues on …


Dr. Gott: Rare breast cancer deceptive

Dear Dr. Gott: A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. I have done some initial research online, and www.mayoclinic.com describes it as a “rare but aggressive …


Dear Annie: Few friendships can overcome unrequited love

Dear Annie: I have two friends I will call “Tom” and “Jack.” All three of us have been friends since high school. Tom and Jack were like brothers long before …


Carolyn Hax: Place concern where needed

Dear Carolyn: Annually, my in-laws generously rent a vacation house for a week for their offspring and their families. They asked us months ago about dates and booked …


Rules of engagement still apply to shady casual acquaintances

Dear Miss Manners: I live and work in a small, localized neighborhood within a large metropolitan city. My job is in retail, and I am paid handsomely to be friendly …


Dr. Gott: Chronic fatigue is a complex disorder

Dear Dr. Gott: Have you ever heard of chronic fatigue syndrome? I have been diagnosed with this, but it seems there is no cure. I am on no medication for …


Annie’s Mailbox: Urge counseling to troubled couple

Dear Annie: I live in a close-knit neighborhood of eight young couples. Naturally, there is some gossip, so we feel personally involved in situations that may not be our business. …


Mr. Dad: Pregnancy shouldn’t stifle intimacy

Dear Mr. Dad: I’m now in my seventh month of pregnancy and our sex life is nonexistent. My husband used to want it all the time and we made love …


Annie’s Mailbox: Affair changes view of mother

Dear Annie: I am in my early 20s and attending college. I recently found out that my mother had been having an off-and-on affair with a married man for years. …


Miss Manners: Absence makes the heart grow fonder – sometimes

Dear Miss Manners – Two months ago, I started a beautiful relationship with a 59-year-old guy. I am 44. We broke up with our current relationships based on the strong …


Examine motive for sneaking

Dear Carolyn: Due to the marvels of Internet an old friend contacted me online. I have not seen him in 25 years. Although we dated for a short time in …


Annie’s Mailbox: Online social life can hurt marriage

Dear Annie: My husband is on all of these Web sites – Classmates, Facebook and Reunion – trying to reconnect with old friends. But it seems he’s only connecting with …


Miss Manners: Proud mother seeks guidance on son’s graduation

Dear Miss Manners: My son will be receiving his Ph.D. at a ceremony this June. I am wondering what the proper procedure is for announcing this (to me) exciting and …


Late apology serves only self

Dear Carolyn: A few years ago I got into a relationship with an older (by 10 years) engaged man. I was an emotional mess and he was also in a …


Inspector finds problems with Chinese product

Q. I once worked for a pharmaceutical company that ordered a raw ingredient, diphenhydramine, from China. I was a quality-assurance inspector and had to inspect incoming material. That ingredient was …


Annie’s Mailbox: Hot-tub user naked to world

Dear Annie: I am 23 years old and a virgin. I have never seen a naked man in my life because I believe virginity should be kept until marriage. The …


Dr. Gott: Calicified granulomas pose no health risk

Dear Dr. Gott: I am a 49-year-old man. Sometime ago, I had a chest X-ray. The report I received said that my heart and pulmonary vasculature appeared normal, but there …


Girls’ ’tween years tricky for father

Dear Mr. Dad: I have 11-year-old twin daughters and watching them blossom into young women is making me a tad uncomfortable. They’re always pulling away from me, and I never …


Terms ‘fiance,’ ‘fiancee’ used for lack of better word

Dear Miss Manners: Am I the only one who finds this phenomenon confusing? “Miss Lucy Bainbridge and her fiance of 5 years, Mr. Michael Bagley, wish to announce the arrival …