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Annie’s Mailbox: Be son’s guide, not his friend

Dear Annie: I have a 17-year-old son. Until three months ago, he was the best son a mother could ask for. He’s captain of the varsity baseball and golf teams, …


Carolyn Hax: Take his honesty as opportunity

Dear Carolyn: I am in a long-distance relationship with a wonderful young man. We lived in the same city for more than a year before I started graduate school in …


Annie’s Mailbox: Sad that son gives wife control

Dear Annie: My 29-year-old son and his wife have two young children. My oldest grandson and I were very close. I babysat, took him swimming, to the park and the …


Good luck policing people’s choice of dress

Dear Miss Manners: You see a lot of cleavage in all sorts of settings these days, and most of it has been exposed proudly and purposely, so I’m used to …


Annie’s Mailbox: If not interested, say it, mean it

Dear Carolyn: I have rejected this guy (first nicely, now firmly) for weeks. He always says “I’ll change your mind someday” and insists on touching me and making me his …


Dr. Gott: Wife lets vanity cloud her judgment

Dear Dr. Gott: You are my last hope. My wife has Parkinson’s, but is doing well. Oddly enough, that is not our problem. The problem is her resistance to wearing …


Mr. Dad: Don’t put daughter between you and ex

Dear Mr. Dad: How do I find a way to forgive my 22-year old daughter for attending the marriage of her mother and the man she had an affair with? …


Miss Manners: Say ‘thank you’ but delay etiquette lesson till later

Dear Miss Manners: Will you come to my rescue and share with me a wise and prudent response to the “wisdom” that comes sometimes from the mouths of mere babes? …


Annie’s Mailbox: Cheating sister needs therapy, not excuses

Dear Annie: My sister cheated on her husband and had an affair with a married man for several years. The man was separated from his wife at the time. My …


Miss Manners: Etiquette, public relations one and same concept

Dear Miss Manners: I work for a very large U.S.-based corporation where I was involved in a discussion involving plans for a luncheon. An individual involved with the planning had …


Carolyn Hax: Truthfully look at your situation

Dear Carolyn: I am perpetually struggling to retain a relationship with my (male) best friend while in a monogamous relationship with my fiance. My man has no female best friend. …


Annie’s Mailbox: New hubby’s debt now yours

Dear Annie: Two months ago, I married “Aiden” after more than a year of dating. He’s a loving husband and I am happy. The problem is, Aiden’s financial life is …


Miss Manners: In a pickle over seldom-used silverware

Dear Miss Manners: I have been very fortunate to have been given a lovely, very full set of family silver, which I would like to put to good use. After …


Carolyn Hax: Heal pain by making peace

Dear Carolyn: Recently, an e-mail exchange between my mother and my sister ended up in my inbox, I can only assume by mistake. It was full of criticism and hurtful …


Dr. Gott: Chronic leg rash may be reaction to medicine

Dear Dr. Gott: I am writing on behalf of my sister. She has been suffering from a condition on her legs for several years. At first, she was told it …


Annie’s Mailbox: Suspicions have no merit

Dear Annie: My 41-year-old fiance, “Michael,” recently started a new job that requires some overnight travel. Last week while out of town, a 21-year-old female co-worker asked Michael’s help to …


Mr. Dad: Child abuse suspicions hard to deal with

Dear Mr. Dad: A young family recently moved in next door. There’s always a lot of yelling and door slamming and I’ve noticed that the boy who lives there, who …


Annie’s Mailbox: Find ways to ease stress

Dear Annie: A few years ago, the company I work for laid off a number of employees. This had a devastating effect on morale, but those of us who remained …


Annie’s Mailbox: Report animal mistreatment

Dear Annie: About four years ago, a preacher and his family moved next door to us, and we have had it up to here with them. The latest episode involved …


Annie’s Mailbox: Talk to brother about heirlooms

Dear Annie: My brother is married to a woman I will call “Devon.” She is an only child and accustomed to having her way. Our last surviving parent recently passed …


Dementia patient given wrong medication

Dear Dr. Gott: I am writing to thank you for writing the article about Seroquel being risky for elderly patients. My wife is 82 years old and has had dementia …


Mr. Dad: Taming things that go bump in night

Dear Mr. Dad: My 4-year old daughter often climbs into bed with me and my wife in the middle of the night, claiming to be scared of a tiger, crocodile …


Annie’s Mailbox: Get people you trust involved

Dear Annie: I’m a 15-year-old girl who has been having problems with another girl for about a year. She’s basically stalking me over the computer. I’ve received multiple threatening messages …


Miss Manners: Left-sided nuptials leave reader cold

Dear Miss Manners: As a left handed person, I am offended by your reply that in the act of marrying, a woman stands on the man’s left side during the …


Dear Annie: Brother may be abusing his kids

Dear Annie: My grandfather molested me when I was a child, and I have been in therapy much of my adult life as a result. My entire family has a …


Dear Annie: Without trust, marriage is over

Dear Annie: I recently learned that during my entire marriage my husband has visited strip clubs, touched other women and had lap dances. He says he’s sorry. “Andy” has never …


Miss Manners: Business trumps personal calls

Dear Miss Manners: I employ five people in a small manufacturing setting. I encourage my employees to be friendly and have no problem with them talking during work or listening …


Carolyn Hax: Be direct and take action

Hi, Carolyn: So, I am supposed to get on a flight across the country to visit the boyfriend tonight, but I am sick as a dog. Moreover, as part of …


Carolyn Hax: Tell angry wife criticisms hurt

Dear Carolyn: I am in my 30s, married five years, and have been with my wife for almost 10. We have no kids. I am thinking of divorce. My wife …


Miss Manners: Professional rejection requires manners, etiquette nice touch

Dear Miss Manners: As the managing partner of a law firm, I receive a steady stream of (mostly) unsolicited letters from attorneys seeking a position at the firm. I say …