Dear Carolyn: My mother’s boyfriend of seven years, “Steve,” is not a horrible person, but he is . . . difficult. He is a classic know-it-all, and regularly changes the subject mid-conversation to tell
Dear Miss Manners: We moved about four years ago to a small neighborhood in a rural area, where the homes are relatively far apart and people tend to like their privacy. We have a fenced area on our property
Dear Amy: My father just turned 70 years old. He and my mom divorced when he turned 50, because he was having an affair with a younger woman, “Cherie.” My siblings and I eventually accepted Cherie and
His parents spanked him as a child, and he insists the punishment has shaped him positively. Editor's Note: Every Monday, Lori Gottlieb answers questions from readers about their problems, big and small.
Recently I moved to a new city. I’ve met some lovely people, though it’s hard past a certain age to make new close friends, rather than just friendly acquaintances. However, there is one person who I become
First, there’s no way to know if you’re drinking water from a contaminated well without calling your water provider. State regulators have provided a contact number for most of the tested wells, which
Dear Miss Manners: I’m an old guy who has recently started getting a lot of tattoos. I belong to an earlier generation that generally frowned upon tattoos, but I’ve been intrigued by them for as long I
Dear Amy: Last summer, my 10-year-old son learned a racial epithet (the “n word”) from listening to his favorite music and watching his favorite basketball videos. When we discovered that he had been to
Dear Carolyn: My girlfriend has a horrible cat. Most of this is her fault because she’s never tried to train him out of attacking people, stealing food and screaming continually in the night because he
His parents spanked him as a child, and he insists that it’s shaped him positively. Editor's Note: Every Monday, Lori Gottlieb answers questions from readers about their problems, big and small. Have question?
Dear Miss Manners: I live in a city famous for the nouveau riche materialism of many residents. When I meet such people, their inevitable first question is, “Where do you live?” I think of this as the
Hi, Carolyn: Now that I’m getting pretty good at setting boundaries (thank you for your help with that!), how do I stop feeling guilty about it? For example, I plan my entire week so I don’t have to leave
California will become the first state in the nation to mandate later start times at most middle schools and high schools under legislation signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday, a proposal designed
Dear Carolyn: I live in a small town and am being treated for cancer. I’m an extremely private and sensitive person. I don’t want pity or to have to explain my situation to people when they see the little
Hello, Carolyn: I’m a 16-year-old who works at a coffee shop in a small town. Lately I’ve been working with the same guy a lot, and I’ve started to notice my heartbeat rising before I walk into the door.