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Miss Manners: The right way to shake hands

DEAR MISS MANNERS: When I was a young boy, my father stressed upon me that gentlemen shake hands – always – with the right hand – much like soldiers always …


Carolyn Hax: Tell brothers to be adults or leave

Dear Carolyn: My brother “Gabe” is gay. My other brother, “Steve,” is straight (and very socially conservative). When Gabe came out 10 years ago, Steve went through a whole dramatic …


Annie’s Mailbox: As longtime friend, lend ear to her woes

Dear Annie: My husband and I are both military. Recently, two of our oldest friends (also military) announced that they are splitting. “Emily” was cheating on “Roger” while she was …


Miss Manners: Honorifics apply with all couples

DEAR MISS MANNERS: How do you address mail to a same-sex married couple? I believe I should use the same formality that I do when addressing mail to an opposite …


Annie’s Mailbox: Betrayed trust may never heal

Dear Annie: I am 26 years old, and earlier this year I met the man of my dreams. “Stu” is wonderful and caring. However, I made a big mistake. Recently, …


Annie’s Mailbox: Support husband – not his parents

Dear Annie: My husband, “Sam,” grew up in a family that was physically abusive. In order to escape, he joined the military after high school. We live far away from …


Dr. Gott: Cutting sugar helped woman with Meniere’s

DEAR DR. GOTT: I wanted to respond to your article on Meniere’s disease that appeared in my local paper. My daughter has (or had) the drop attacks. She went through …


Carolyn Hax: Wife should allow you to share news

Dear Carolyn: My wife is a private person, especially when it comes to problems. I hear “Everyone has their own problems so they don’t need to be burdened with mine” …


Miss Manners: Wife’s cat makes lousy housemate

DEAR MISS MANNERS: When I met my lovely wife over six years ago, she had an extremely ill-tempered cat. (It bit me on our first date.) My wife had recently …


Annie’s Mailbox: Talk to son about wife’s stealing

Dear Annie: My son and daughter-in-law are both in their 30s. They have college degrees and good jobs. However, every time they come to visit, I discover things are missing. …


Annie’s Mailbox: Hello?! You’re being betrayed

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for 15 years. We’ve been friends with “Ted and Jane” for almost 20. We used to get together for dinner and …


Carolyn Hax: Open your door to neighbor kids

While I’m away, readers give the advice.


Dr. Gott: Psoriasis proves difficult to treat

DEAR DR. GOTT: I have had psoriasis for many years. When it first started, my husband (a pathologist and a university professor of pathology) diagnosed it and told me to …


Annie’s Mailbox: Deadbeat nephew not your problem

Dear Annie: My nephew “Ken” is 29 years old, a high-school graduate and still lives at home with his mother – along with his pit bull that his mother reluctantly …


Carolyn Hax: Marriage won with spouse’s support

While I’m away, readers give the advice. On being married to someone who’s married to a career: I was the wife with the killer career for the first few years …


Annie’s Mailbox: Hard to hear of 30-year-old affair

Dear Annie: I’m a 61-year-old man, married for 42 years, with a great family. I thought I had it all. Recently, my wife told me about an affair she had …


People’s Pharmacy: Propofol doesn’t deserve bad rap

Before Michael Jackson’s tragic death, most people had never heard of the drug propofol (Diprivan). It’s not the kind of medication that anyone would ever seek out on the street. …


Dr. Gott: Patients must ask doctor to get answers

DEAR DR. GOTT: I am a 78-year-old female. A couple of years ago, my family doctor sent me to an oncologist. He said my bone marrow is producing too many …


Annie’s Mailbox: Anger at parents’ breakup normal

Dear Annie: My parents are going through a divorce. I have a lot of anger toward my dad because he packed up and left us while Mom and I were …


Miss Manners: Charity wedding gifts leave reader confused

DEAR MISS MANNERS: The invitations for the wedding of a pair of friends included a list of local charities to which invitees could send contributions. I don’t recall the exact …


Mr. Dad: Laid-off father can pitch in at home

Dear Mr. Dad: Two months ago I was laid off from my factory job after six years there. It was a sudden decision by the owners to cut costs, so …


You agreed, now respect her wishes

Dear Carolyn: I’d like your opinion on a matter that’s brought significant tension into my relationship. My girlfriend and I have been dating for two months. Recently, her mother and …


Dr. Gott: Patient’s health history offers important clues

DEAR DR. GOTT: My significant other’s health problems began six months ago with severe shortness of breath and an upset stomach occurring as soon as he ate anything. This progressed …


Annie’s Mailbox: Offer support to son, grandson

Dear Annie: Our oldest son married a beautiful woman from another culture, who then became pregnant with our only grandson, “Seth.” We were warned that “Zelda” was a gold digger …


Miss Manners: It’s your choice but place settings need not match

DEAR MISS MANNERS: We have two small sets of silver, one containing about six place settings, and the other four. Since we are young and do not have complete sets …


Carolyn Hax: Imagine yourself moving out, on

Dear Carolyn: Five years ago, I lost my job, and had to move out of my house and into my boyfriend’s “temporarily.” I never managed to replace my salary, but …


Annie’s Mailbox: Don’t accept in-laws’ guilt trip

Dear Annie: I live 15 minutes away from my in-laws and see them often with my wife and children. The problem is, when my own family visits from across the …


Dr. Gott: Parkinson’s drug can dull the senses of smell, taste

DEAR DR. GOTT: I’m a 79-year-old female and have always enjoyed good health. About a year ago, I was diagnosed with early signs of Parkinson’s disease. My handwriting has become …


Annie’s Mailbox: You, hubby must make united front

Dear Annie: I recently remarried, and my husband and I are in the process of moving our families into a beautiful new home. I have an 8-year-old daughter, and “Brett” …


Miss Manners: Office Boomers tease Gen Y co-worker

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am unsure of how to react to my co-workers’ spiteful comments whenever I choose to spend my paid/personal time off (PTO). I am a single male, …