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Advice Columns

February 22, 2017

Q Is there any benefit of drinking vinegar waters? My sister says she uses them to control her high blood sugar. — J.K., Ayden

A I’ve been asked about drinking vinegar to make “sweet blood” more tart at least a bazillion times since I came to eastern North Carolina. I…

Kathy Kolasa

February 22, 2017

Q I'm from the U.K. I'm married to a man who is a self-professed arrogant liar. He's proud of it. I am not.

We have been together for 20 years.

He has joined a professional networking site and sometimes he deletes his computer history but now and again I guess he forgets. I've always had my…

Carolyn Hax

February 19, 2017

There must be some relationship between aging and the “You’ve got to be kidding me!” response, if I am any indication, that is. What was once occasional has become almost daily.

My latest “YGTBKM!” was in response to a Wall Street Journal article (“New…

February 19, 2017

IT DOESN'T SOUND PROMISING

Dear Short Answers: I recently met a girl that I really like a lot. But every time I send her an email it takes her several days to respond. And her excuse is always the same — “your email got sent to my junk folder!” Do you think she is just…

February 19, 2017

Q My son is 12 and, for the most part, a pretty good kid. He isn't a standout in academics or sports and isn't socially adept, but he has a good sense of humor.

I, on the other hand, was raised to compete. I thrive on competitions and was raised to take every opportunity to try my best. I was…

Carolyn Hax

February 17, 2017

Q I have been married for over 30 years and throughout the marriage, my in-laws have made fun of my interests and certain traits of my personality under the guise of teasing. I have never spoken up and defended myself against these comments and neither has my husband.

Only recently, I have been…

Carolyn Hax

February 15, 2017

Q I liked reading your column about ancient grains (June 8, 2016). What is “teff” and how do you eat it?

A It has been fun seeing names of grains, unfamiliar to us, on packages and tasting some of them, too. As I said in June, be careful what you choose as ancient grains are in…

Kathy Kolasa

February 15, 2017

Q Several years ago, I was in a long-term relationship that kind of fizzled out.

Before that both of us had talked about getting married, but it always seemed like real-world circumstances got in the way. One of her parents was sick, and she traveled constantly. The other of her parents meddled in…

Carolyn Hax

February 12, 2017

Q My husband and I have been going to dinner nearly every Friday night for years with another couple, "Kay" and "Jay." My husband considers Jay to be one of his best friends, and Jay is a great guy; he is smart, kind and sensitive.

For the past few years, Kay has become increasingly rude with…

Carolyn Hax

February 12, 2017

As regular readers of this column already know, I am completely, 100 percent opposed to children, including teenagers still living at home, being in possession of smartphones. No parent has ever been able to give me a logical reason why a minor should enjoy such a privilege, if enjoy is even the…

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