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Mr. Dad: Child abuse suspicions hard to deal with

Dear Mr. Dad: A young family recently moved in next door. There’s always a lot of yelling and door slamming and I’ve noticed that the boy who lives there, who …


Annie’s Mailbox: Find ways to ease stress

Dear Annie: A few years ago, the company I work for laid off a number of employees. This had a devastating effect on morale, but those of us who remained …


Annie’s Mailbox: Report animal mistreatment

Dear Annie: About four years ago, a preacher and his family moved next door to us, and we have had it up to here with them. The latest episode involved …


Annie’s Mailbox: Talk to brother about heirlooms

Dear Annie: My brother is married to a woman I will call “Devon.” She is an only child and accustomed to having her way. Our last surviving parent recently passed …


Dementia patient given wrong medication

Dear Dr. Gott: I am writing to thank you for writing the article about Seroquel being risky for elderly patients. My wife is 82 years old and has had dementia …


Mr. Dad: Taming things that go bump in night

Dear Mr. Dad: My 4-year old daughter often climbs into bed with me and my wife in the middle of the night, claiming to be scared of a tiger, crocodile …


Annie’s Mailbox: Get people you trust involved

Dear Annie: I’m a 15-year-old girl who has been having problems with another girl for about a year. She’s basically stalking me over the computer. I’ve received multiple threatening messages …


Miss Manners: Left-sided nuptials leave reader cold

Dear Miss Manners: As a left handed person, I am offended by your reply that in the act of marrying, a woman stands on the man’s left side during the …


Dear Annie: Brother may be abusing his kids

Dear Annie: My grandfather molested me when I was a child, and I have been in therapy much of my adult life as a result. My entire family has a …


Dear Annie: Without trust, marriage is over

Dear Annie: I recently learned that during my entire marriage my husband has visited strip clubs, touched other women and had lap dances. He says he’s sorry. “Andy” has never …


Miss Manners: Business trumps personal calls

Dear Miss Manners: I employ five people in a small manufacturing setting. I encourage my employees to be friendly and have no problem with them talking during work or listening …


Carolyn Hax: Be direct and take action

Hi, Carolyn: So, I am supposed to get on a flight across the country to visit the boyfriend tonight, but I am sick as a dog. Moreover, as part of …


Miss Manners: Professional rejection requires manners, etiquette nice touch

Dear Miss Manners: As the managing partner of a law firm, I receive a steady stream of (mostly) unsolicited letters from attorneys seeking a position at the firm. I say …


Carolyn Hax: Tell angry wife criticisms hurt

Dear Carolyn: I am in my 30s, married five years, and have been with my wife for almost 10. We have no kids. I am thinking of divorce. My wife …


Dr. Gott: Recurring trigger finger proves difficult to treat

Dear Dr. Gott: I get trigger finger. This is the third one I have gotten in the past two years. A cortisone shot does nothing, and surgery is the only …


Dear Annie: Ask Elder Abuse to investigate

Dear Annie: My next-door neighbor, “Tillie,” is in her 90s. She is able-bodied, but her mind is slowly slipping. We had a great relationship until she allowed her nephew, his …


Mr. Dad: With divorced father, kids will always be part of the package

Dear Mr. Dad: I am dating a divorced father of two. I am having trouble communicating to him that being a good father does not exempt him from being a …


Dear Annie: Childhelp looks into abuse cases

Dear Annie: My best friend, “Jayne,” is also my former sister-in-law. She and my brother divorced several years ago. My brother has limited contact with their children, but I have …


Miss Manners: Look – don’t stare – at naked baby

Dear Miss Manners: I was changing my baby’s diaper in a public restroom the other day. The changing table had no privacy whatsoever, and anyone walking in or out of …


Carolyn Hax: Parenting has no loophole

While I’m away, readers give the advice. On new parents who are squabbling over their new responsibilities:


Dear Annie: Teach daughter to follow rules

Dear Annie: My child is in the fifth grade. She is a well-behaved girl and an excellent student. I have always tried to teach her to be respectful and honest. …


Miss Manners: Clothing traditions hard to adapt

Dear Miss Manners: I just read about the tradition of requiring morning attire (until now translated as tails, pearl or black vest and striped pants) of all Justice Department employees …


Dr. Gott: Ask doctor to explain glaucoma

Dear Dr. Gott: Last year, during my yearly eye examination, my doctor asked me if I had poked my eye with a stick (which I hadn’t), because I had a …


Dear Annie: Use affections productively

Dear Annie: I married “Eddie” after getting pregnant at 18. We have two children and have been together for 32 years. For the past 20, we have not slept in …


Dear Miss Manners: Treat son’s ex-teacher graciously

Dear Miss Manners: I am the mother of an 8-year-old boy with Asperger’s syndrome. He’s extremely intelligent and highly emotional. Second grade presented him with significantly greater expectations in the …


Birth control pills linked to blood-clot formation

Dear Dr. Gott: My 24-year-old granddaughter recently had a stroke due to a clot because of her birth-control medication. She got fast treatment and will be OK, but now I …


Dear Annie: Fantasies normal but be careful

Dear Annie: I have discovered a fascination with some aspects of bondage, dominance and submission, and eventually would like a chance to play out some of my fantasies. Is this …


Carolyn Hax: No response obviously means stop e-mailing

Dear Carolyn: About five years ago I began to realize that a woman I dated 25 years earlier was someone I had stronger feelings for than I was mature enough …


Dr. Gott: Lung scarring has serious consequences

Dear Dr. Gott: I am an 82-year-old female. I don’t smoke but was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in 2006 and used oxygen occasionally for the first four months following the …


Make up with mom-to-be

Dear Annie: My 28-year-old son who I love dearly is living with his pregnant girlfriend, “Salome,” in my basement. He is due to earn his bachelor’s degree in three months, …