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For a date, better kind than right

Hi, Carolyn: I am 29 and single. I have a very strong mother, who raised me to treat women with respect. I was taught women are strong, intelligent and independent. …


Make medical staff aware of allergies

DEAR DR. GOTT: In a past column, you addressed the problem of allergies and scan dyes. I would like to add some information in the hopes that it will help …


Annie’s Mailbox: Abused brother must seek help

Dear Annie: My brother is smart, nice and a good person. The problem is, he married the worst possible human being. The verbal abuse started eight years ago, and she …


Carolyn Hax: Dad, weight talk isn’t helping her

Hello, Carolyn: Help. My 22-year-old daughter, a college senior, has gained weight over the past two years. Every holiday she returns home bigger than before. Whenever I bring up the …


Miss Manners: Graduate dodges ‘smart’ comments

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I attended a selective technical school for my undergraduate degree and have encountered the same problem over and over again, ever since I graduated. Whenever someone finds …


Carolyn Hax: Prepare without counting on him

Dear Carolyn: How do I get my husband to discuss tough subjects, like important health issues (death, severe illness)? First he deflects with a joke. Then, when I say, “No, …


Annie’s Mailbox: Ask for TV-free hour once a week

Dear Annie: I have been married to “Glenn” for 18 years, and we have two teenage daughters. Three years ago, we bought a new home so we could have a …


Dr. Gott: Lifestyle changes can address hypertension, prostate issues

DEAR DR. GOTT: I am a 57-year-old male with hypertension, for which I take Levatol. Nine years ago, when I weighed 338 pounds, I was treated for the hypertension for …


Miss Manners: In room of 80, only one gets plate right

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Ever since I can remember, the salad plate and bread-and-butter plate are on the left side of the dinner plate. But at a wedding rehearsal dinner in …


Mr. Dad: Make amends with mom

Dear Mr. Dad: I’ve always resented my mother and thought she was a lousy parent. I saw only her negative side and was extremely critical and judgmental. But now that …


Annie’s Mailbox: Tell granddaughter you’re disappointed

Dear Annie: I have two 21-year-old granddaughters who live in different states. My son was never married to “Shannon’s” mother, and there are a lot of hard feelings between them. …


Miss Manners: Bless the sneezer despite your doubts

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Of course, the proper reply to the all too common sneeze is a cultural issue. But many people are insulted if one does not provide the common …


Annie’s Mailbox: Suggest she try vinegar instead

Dear Annie: My sister-in-law is overly obsessed with bleach. She uses it to wash dishes, and within minutes before she bathes her two small children, she wipes down the bathtub …


Mr. Dad: Avoid low road in divorce

Dear Mr. Dad: I’m getting divorced. My spouse is acting horribly and I have to admit that I haven’t been behaving much better. I’m angry and I find myself wanting …


Annie’s Mailbox: Be supportive even if you disapprove

Dear Annie: I am one of four sisters, all of us in our 50s. We are a close-knit family, although we no longer live in the same communities. My niece, …


Carolyn Hax: Before you share, hear his plan

Dear Carolyn: My husband has been offered a job (hooray!) with a decent salary, but he doesn’t want it. I’m trying to be sympathetic: It is a step down and …


Drop attempts to reconnect with ex

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My “first love” from my junior and senior years in high school was just heading off to Army boot camp when we broke up. Our breakup wasn’t …


Dr. Gott: Teen grandson bothered by hives

DEAR DR. GOTT: My 13-year-old grandson has been plagued with urticaria for the past two years. It appears on his face and all over his body. His mother has taken …


Annie’s Mailbox: Talk with lover about intimacy

Dear Annie: I am a divorced woman in my late 30s, with two young sons. My ex-husband is not a good father, but my boys understand that and accept that …


Dads-to-be are often anxious

Dear Mr. Dad: I’m a first time father-to-be, and the entire pregnancy has been going very well for me and my wife. But about two weeks ago, I started experiencing …


Annie’s Mailbox: Save marriage over money for family

Dear Annie: I am married to a wonderful man who loves my kids and me very much. Since the first of our five children was born, I’ve stayed home to …


Miss Manners: Guests treated as sources of income

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I received an invitation to a “gift card shower” for “a wonderful couple to celebrate their marriage and their new home.” There was no party or get-together. …


Annie’s Mailbox: Uncomfortable with comfort dogs

Dear Annie: Some time ago, relatives from out of town asked to visit us when they were here for a nearby event. We agreed, as we seldom get to see …


Miss Manners: Rattling mom takes a village

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am 25 years old and currently pregnant with our first child. At a morning prayer group for the women of my church, my mother and mother-in-law …


Carolyn Hax: STD testing not about dirty/clean

Dear Carolyn: Last week I mentioned to my on-again off-again boyfriend that I considered getting tested for STDs while we were apart. (We broke up for about two months; I …


Dr. Gott: What is normal methadone use?

DEAR DR. GOTT: I am hoping that you can shed some light on the use of clinically dispensed methadone. I have several family members who have used this medication for …


Annie’s Mailbox: Make peace in neutral ways

Dear Annie: How do you deal with a married 40-year-old daughter with two children who is so jealous of her brothers that she causes family rifts? Right now, “Claire” isn’t …


Annie’s Mailbox: Call airline before daughter departs

Dear Annie: My wife decided to offer our young teenage daughter a trip to Japan because a friend of ours moved there last summer. Our daughter would stay for a …


Miss Manners: Are thank you notes for bonuses appropriate?

DEAR MISS MANNERS: The small company I work for hands out Christmas bonuses every year. The last two years I have been with the company, I have received a bonus, …


Mr. Dad: Obesity a growing problem

Dear Mr. Dad: Our son is only 10, but he is already extremely overweight. He loves food and we don’t want to deny him his favorite dishes, but we’re starting …