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Annie’s Mailbox: Inform member she’s being ousted

Dear Annie: I get together once or twice a year with a group of girlfriends I’ve known since high school. We are at our wits’ end with one I will …


Carolyn Hax: He must own up to responsibilities

Hi, Carolyn: I was looking for a roommate when my boyfriend of two years suggested we move in together. We found a place together and have been unpacking now for …


Dr. Gott: Reader finds success with nonstatin

DEAR DR. GOTT: Like several of your readers, I, too, suffered from painful muscle aches after taking various statin drugs for cholesterol control. I started with pravastatin, which worked well …


Annie’s Mailbox: No grandparents OK for daughter

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married 14 years and have four children. My mother-in-law always pitted his two sisters against each other to try to make them …


Annie’s Mailbox: Change in dosage, exercise can help

Dear Annie: I am a 16-year-old girl who still wets the bed. I have tried everything from wearing an alarm to taking medication. I am now on a prescription that …


Miss Manners: Give thanks for family going home

DEAR MISS MANNERS: If I can contain my anger, let me relate the Thanksgiving Day “celebration” at our home, with my large family. Since there were more than a dozen …


Carolyn Hax: Acts of love speak louder than words

Dear Carolyn: My boyfriend of six months has told me he loves me only a handful of times. I am a person who ends most phone conversations with my best …


Strange truth can get lost over time

Dear Carolyn: I’m 16 and a member of a nuclear family with several siblings. In my family, trust has always been stressed as very important: My parents have drilled it …


Dr. Gott: Take thyroid meds before breakfast

DEAR DR. GOTT: I’ve had thyroid problems since I turned 17. I’m now 74. In 1976, I had a thyroidectomy to remove a benign nodule. The surgeon removed half my …


Annie’s Mailbox: Don’t leave guests to show home

Dear Annie: We recently hosted a barbecue for our son’s 18th birthday. We invited members of his sports team and their parents, along with a few other friends. Over the …


Annie’s Mailbox: Don’t give up on being mom to kids

Dear Annie: I am an addict in recovery. I moved out of state three years ago when I was seeking treatment and completed my program 15 months ago. I have …


Ask yourself, ‘Does this help?’

Dear Carolyn: A month ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Beyond the obvious fears, I was afraid my new boyfriend’s feelings for me would change, what with the impact …


Annie’s Mailbox: 11-year-olds don’t send greeting cards

Dear Annie: My step-granddaughter, who is almost 11 years old, never calls her grandfather or me unless told to. “Bridget” is an only child of divorce. She has not seen …


Carolyn Hax: Marriage book just a book – maybe

Dear Carolyn: My boyfriend’s mom recently sent him a book about tips for a successful marriage. Our first reaction was to have a good laugh about it; we’re not ready …


Dr. Gott: Rare, degenerative brain disease is fatal

DEAR DR. GOTT: In reading your column about the 72-year-old man with ALS, I have some questions. My husband, also 72, was diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The physicians were not …


Annie’s Mailbox: Tell doctor about gossiper on staff

Dear Annie: A woman I know works at my former doctor’s clinic in a low-level position. A friend recently told me this woman repeats everything that is in the medical …


Annie’s Mailbox: Studies find horror not good for kids

Dear Annie: I am so frustrated with my husband. We have four children under the age of 8. He actually encourages them to watch scary movies and play violent video …


Annie’s Mailbox: Tell close friends of gift preference

Dear Annie: My fiance and I are getting married in June. We are in our 40s, and it’s not the first wedding for either of us. I am laid off …


Carolyn Hax: Think of future with shallow one

Dear Carolyn: I recently started dating somebody new who is considerably taller than I (I’m a guy). It’s not news to me that I’m short, and even before we met …


Miss Manners: Ask friends source of misinformation

DEAR MISS MANNERS: When conversing, I find a new trend – more and more people making assertive statements about me or my family. The statements are not unpleasant, but they …


Annie’s Mailbox: Don’t put yourself out for friend

Dear Annie: My friend “Lucy” was like a sister to me. She doesn’t drive, so I took her to all her hair appointments, doctor’s visits, shopping, etc. She hated bad …


More studies needed on possible fibromyalgia drug

DEAR DR. GOTT: I am writing to you because of your willingness to share information on remedies that have been reported successful by your readers. The recent article on the …


Miss Manners: To tell or not will make no difference

DEAR MISS MANNERS: A guest, who, like me, is a middle-aged bachelor (well, I am perhaps a tad beyond middle age, but never mind that) returned this summer – essentially …


Annie’s Mailbox: States should help ex-offenders

Dear Annie: Thank you for printing the letter from “Concerned Aunt,” whose nephew is an ex-offender looking for work. The United States locks up a larger percent of its population …


Hawthorn berries helped relieve RLS

DEAR DR. GOTT: Your recent article on hawthorn berries and restless legs syndrome has changed my life. I use only alternative remedies and vitamin supplements, but I was so tortured …


Annie’s Mailbox: Develop your own reputation

Dear Annie: My husband is an amazing man. He is selfless and has uncompromising integrity. He is well-known and well-respected in our small community. I am proud to be his …


Carolyn Hax: Think well of rude sister-in-law

Dear Carolyn: I do not get along with my sister-in-law. She is nosy, rude and catty, and it is very difficult for me to be around her for more than …


Miss Manners: Dress for success at social engagements

DEAR MISS MANNERS: When I was visiting friends, I perused my hotel’s list of recommended dining establishments. Each restaurant listed their dress code and, to my consternation, I found each …


Miss Manners: Vandalism no defense against foul speech

DEAR MISS MANNERS: When I parked my car in a public parking lot, I noticed a car had a bumper sticker that read, “If you have nothing to say, just …


Annie’s Mailbox: Your boyfriend is gay; romance over

Dear Annie: My boyfriend and I are in a long-distance relationship because he’s at college, 2,000 miles away. We’ve been together for two years. At first, everything was fine, but …