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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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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: 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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Annie’s Mailbox: Bi or gay, hubby unlikely to change

Dear Annie: My husband, “Jonas,” and I own a small antique store that we have successfully operated for five years. We have no kids and have always been very close. …


Mr. Dad: Toddlerproofing is its own science

Dear Mr. Dad: When my baby was born my wife and I spent a lot of time and energy babyproofing the house. Our child made it through infancy, but now …


Miss Manners: Invited guests carry obligation to send a reply

Dear readers: Guests ought to be insulted by response cards. Decent people of course already know (yes? yes?) that they must always reply to all invitations, even the most casual …


Don’t delay enjoying good things in life

Dear Miss Manners: I have a flatware issue that perhaps you could shed light on. My everyday flatware is a set of stainless steel that I purchased over 20 years …


Marriage takes self-knowledge

Dear Carolyn: My on-again, off-again boyfriend of four years proposed a few weeks ago, and we are talking about getting married. We have had a tumultuous past with issues on …


Dear Annie: Few friendships can overcome unrequited love

Dear Annie: I have two friends I will call “Tom” and “Jack.” All three of us have been friends since high school. Tom and Jack were like brothers long before …


Dr. Gott: Rare breast cancer deceptive

Dear Dr. Gott: A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. I have done some initial research online, and www.mayoclinic.com describes it as a “rare but aggressive …


Carolyn Hax: Place concern where needed

Dear Carolyn: Annually, my in-laws generously rent a vacation house for a week for their offspring and their families. They asked us months ago about dates and booked …