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Dr. Gott: Sales reps take up doctor’s time

DEAR DR. GOTT: My letter is in regards to medical sales representatives at doctors’ offices. I personally attend or accompany family and friends to approximately 20 different doctors’ offices yearly. …


Carolyn Hax: Plan celebration guests can afford

Dear Carolyn: Most of my close friends and family celebrated huge life milestones by their early 30s. I spent most of my early adulthood climbing the corporate ladder and living …


Miss Manners: Honesty is not always best policy

DEAR MISS MANNERS: An acquaintance posted on the Internet some music that he had composed and performed with his band. He then directed friends to the site to listen and …


Annie’s Mailbox: Insecure mate needs ongoing therapy

Dear Annie: I have been married to my second husband for six years. While we were dating, he was romantic, thoughtful, caring, hardworking – everything I was looking for. I …


Carolyn Hax: Stay in contact, limit what you say

Dear Carolyn: I grew up without much contact with my father’s extended family. When I moved near them for law school (about an hour away), I started visiting and kindling …


Dr. Gott: Behold, the power of soap

DEAR DR. GOTT: I have bursitis in my upper right arm that I used to describe as a toothache in my muscle. It got to the point of being so …


Annie’s Mailbox: Forgive roomies’ seeming slight

Dear Annie: I am going to be a junior in college next year. I’ll be sharing an apartment with three of my closest friends. One, “Susan,” lives only 20 minutes …


Miss Manners: Nothing to be done about rude charities

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Customarily, my wife and I send out several thousand dollars of charitable checks. This year, I am probably out of a job. Out of work, with no …


Dr. Gott: Platelet count worth look

DEAR DR. GOTT: I have been reading your articles in the paper for many years and have found them helpful. Now it’s my turn. I walk a couple of miles …


Annie’s Mailbox: Cheating wife behaving foolishly

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been together since high school. We have been married 17 years and have two boys, one 20 and the other 14. One night, …


Laundering with Borax helped clear rash

DEAR DR. GOTT: I itched and developed a rash on my body to the point that I could not wear any clothing that touched my skin. Because of this, I …


Annie’s Mailbox: Stepmom-to-be may be abuser

Dear Annie: My brother’s wife died two years ago while giving birth to her youngest daughter. She was a terrific woman and a great mother. She left behind two other …


Carolyn Hax: Decide whom you want to please

Dear Carolyn: A woman who works very closely with my father pays uncommon attention to him – fussing over his being thirsty or hungry, putting pictures of him on her …


Napkins: Know when to fold ‘em

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I learned that once the napkin is unfolded after one sits down at a table, it is not refolded. It is folded loosely and replaced back on …


Annie’s Mailbox: Teen’s beau may be potential abuser

Dear Annie: My 14-year-old daughter, “Sara,” thinks she’s in love with a controlling boyfriend who is two years older. In the past six months, she’s become a different child. She …


Carolyn Hax: Handling ogling mate takes conviction

Hi, Carolyn: My husband and I have been married for 35 years and get along well. He is very affectionate and complimentary to me, but practically goes into a trance …


Miss Manners: Mother looks for things to be offended over

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My son got married two years ago, and please keep in mind that my daughter-in-law and I have never had a falling out. We’ve stayed at their …


Annie’s Mailbox: Help daughter grow up, move on

Dear Annie: I have a pretty, petite 24-year-old daughter who is quite immature for her age. She looks like she is 15. She still lives at home, occasionally helps around …


Annie’s Mailbox: Extreme jealousy needs therapy

Dear Annie: I am an unbelievably jealous woman. I don’t trust anyone around my husband, not even my sister. The root of this jealousy is the fact that several former …


Homework excuse will keep child at bay

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am a university student living in a semi-detached house with several other students. The couple living in the other half of the house have two small …


Mr. Dad: Blending family takes diplomacy

Dear Mr. Dad: This is my second marriage, and I’m totally committed to my new wife. But even though I hate to admit it, her two kids from her previous …


Carolyn Hax: Trust her to resist potential threats

Dear Carolyn: I love my fiancee and want to completely trust her, but she has in her contact list, on her cell phone, the numbers of three previous love interests, …


Annie’s Mailbox: Changing her will breaks a promise

Dear Annie: My father was sick for several years before he died. Dad told me that he and my mother were leaving their entire estate to me, their only child. …


Dr. Gott: Patient’s time is as important as MD’s

DEAR DR. GOTT: I have to make an appointment a month in advance to have a checkup. Then I sit in the waiting room up to three hours, get undressed …


Miss Manners: Humble reader sees the candlelight

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I seem to remember, from way back, that eating by candlelight was restricted to evening dining and not “proper” during daylight hours. Is this the current practice? …


Mr. Dad: Rebellious ‘tween’ needs guidance

Dear Mr. Dad: Our 12-year-old daughter does well in school but apparently hates us as parents. She never speaks kindly to us, refuses any kind of parental authority, and insists …


Annie’s Mailbox: Daughter too old to sit on dad’s lap

Dear Annie: I have been married to “Vic” for 22 years. Our marriage is solid. We have an 18-year-old daughter, “Kara,” who is totally in love with her father. Vic …


Tic Tacs not advised for treating dry mouth

DEAR DR. GOTT: My husband and I have read many times about people suffering from dry mouth. We, too, have this problem, which we think is caused by some of …


Annie’s Mailbox: Do you trust him to flirt online only?

Dear Annie: A few weeks ago, I discovered that my husband had sent a mildly flirtatious e-mail to a female acquaintance. When I confronted him, he admitted he found her …


Let ex-friendships gently fizzle out

Dear Annie: Five years ago, my husband and I lost our business. In an effort to keep it going, he did some illegal things and spent six months in prison. …