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Annie’s Mailbox: Ask for help with thank-you cards

Dear Annie: I lost my only daughter in a terrible car accident two weeks ago. My friends and family were so supportive. I received many flowers, cards, food and even …


Mr. Dad: Tread carefully with wacko ex-wife

Dear Mr. Dad: My boyfriend’s former wife does not co-parent with him at all. I have seen vulgar e-mails, heard her use foul language in front of the kids and …


Time to flee controlling beau

Dear Carolyn: This year I will be spending all of my vacation time (and money) on traveling for or with my boyfriend’s family. I understand that I do this voluntarily, …


Annie’s Mailbox: Talk to siblings about Mom’s care

Dear Annie: After a botched operation left her bedridden for months, my mother has to relearn to walk. My father, a loving but controlling person, didn’t want to put her …


Carolyn Hax: If you two agree on it, it’ll be OK

Dear Carolyn: I have been happily married for three years. Because we live 30 minutes from my in-laws, we see them pretty much every week. The problem is my mother-in-law. …


Dr. Gott: Difficulty with balance can have many causes

DEAR DR. GOTT: I’m having trouble with my balance. What can you tell me about the cause? DEAR READER: Your brief note is very difficult to answer. You don’t give …


Annie’s Mailbox: Gently encourage her to report rape

Dear Annie: I am 16 years old, and my friend “Kelly” is 17. Last week, Kelly went to a party where there was alcohol. She got a little drunk and …


Annie’s Mailbox: Husband shows signs of despair

Dear Annie: I need to know how to deal with my husband’s loss of emotion. He is in his late 50s, and I am in my mid-40s. He used to …


Mr. Dad: Big difference between fair, same

Dear Mr. Dad: My older children – ages 11 and 12 – are constantly complaining that things aren’t “fair” when it comes to the rules in our house. They say …


Bowel surgery can lead to intestinal problems

DEAR DR. GOTT: I am writing to find how my friend might be helped. At age 77, she underwent surgery to remove precancerous tissue in the upper intestine. Her father …


Annie’s Mailbox: Tell her to lighten up on comments

Dear Annie: I am a 27-year-old woman who, until recently, was happy and secure. Out of the blue, my husband of two years decided he did not want to be …


As older sister, apologize to her

Dear Carolyn: I am the oldest of five siblings. My younger sister is 27. She is a new mother, of a 9-month-old. I have invested much love, time and energy …


Annie’s Mailbox: No gift for second bridal shower

Dear Annie: My niece was married in a big wedding several years ago. They divorced after two years, and she was soon living with someone else. She’s been with the …


Dr. Gott: Nighttime twitches should be checked out

DEAR DR. GOTT: Once in a while, my body will “jerk” involuntarily as I fall asleep. What causes this? Does it mean I have a heart condition or other problem? …


Annie’s Mailbox: Children focused on themselves

Dear Annie: I am blessed with three grown children, all with wonderful children of their own. This sounds ideal, but I can’t talk to them. I’m either boring them with …


Mr. Dad: Parents love kids regardless of gender

Dear Mr. Dad: My wife and I have four daughters and it seems that no matter where we go we have to deal with people’s sighs, smiles, and dopey grins. …


Her leaving gives you an opportunity

Dear Carolyn: My wife of nearly 30 years walked out and moved away, leaving me and a teenage son. She had nothing bad to say about me except that when …


Don’t be afraid to face your fears

Dear Carolyn: I’m an idiot. I cheated on my girlfriend of five years. When she found out, I went through hell trying to regain her trust, and I ended up …


See hematologist about blood disorder

DEAR DR. GOTT: I’m a 70-year-old woman. My astute physician’s assistant noticed I had a low red-blood-cell count and referred me to a hematologist. I was subsequently diagnosed with hereditary …


Annie’s Mailbox: Online affair major threat to marriage

Dear Annie: I’ve been married to “Craig” for 38 years, and for the past 10, we haven’t had much of a sexual relationship due to his erectile dysfunction and various …


Worthy grounds may mean it’s over

Dear Carolyn: An old friend moved back into town and was immediately welcomed by a clique of women of which I’m not a “member.” At first I was hurt, then …


Can drug cause ruptured tendons?

DEAR DR. GOTT: I recently heard a statement on television made by an attorney with regard to Levaquin, causing tendon rupture and asking anyone who suffered with the problem to …


Annie’s Mailbox: Sex while you’re sleeping is assault

Dear Annie: Is it OK for a husband to have sex with his unconscious wife? I am a very deep sleeper. I went to bed with my pajamas on but …


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 …