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Advice Columns

April 25, 2018

Q: My family recently celebrated our son’s birthday. We had a number of guests RSVP “yes” to our invitation who not only didn’t show, but also didn’t even have the decency to contact us to let us know. It’s been a week since the party.

This left us with far…

Carolyn Hax

April 25, 2018

First, a shout-out to the Brody medical students and all the contributors to the Marathon Food Drive. A total of 4,371 pounds of healthy foods was collected for our healthy food pantry. A special shout-out to members of the Family Medicine department who challenged each other and brought in 1,658.…

KathyKolasa

April 22, 2018

NARCISSUS DID NOT FARE WELL

Dear Short Answers: My girlfriend has become obsessed about the way she looks, and I think it might be the end of our relationship. Every day she asks me questions about her hair and her dress and her makeup, and honestly, I don’t know and I don’t care.…

Short Answers

April 18, 2018

Dear readers: the local markets are reopening. The Leroy James Farmers Market on County Home Road is open from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. The Town of Winterville opened its Thursday night “make it, bake it, craft it or grow it” Market on the Square again. Hours are 4-8 p.m. Support our…

KathyKolasa

April 18, 2018

Q About a year and a half ago, my husband and I purchased a dog. She was way too busy for us, so my daughter took her. We helped pay to have the dog spayed, as she was ours to start with.

Anyway, since then, whenever my daughter takes a trip for a weekend or longer, she thinks my husband and I…

Carolyn Hax

April 15, 2018

Do we — here in the USA, that is — or do we not have a child and teen mental health crisis? And, if the answer is yes, we do, then what should be done about it?

Without doubt, the answer is yes, we do have a child and teen mental health crisis. Today’s child, by age 16, is five to…

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April 15, 2018

ALL ROMANCE IS COMPLICATED

Dear Short Answers: My mother claims to have fallen in love with an elderly gentleman (they are both in their 70s) she met socially at a party. Both of them lost their spouses within the last year, and both seem genuinely happy to be together. Even though…

Short Answers

April 11, 2018

Dear Readers: Last week, Heather Reburn, an ECU dietetic intern, gave you an overview of the type of jobs additives might have in your food. This week, Lauren Boyd, an ECU dietetic student, will give you some specific information about three additives.

Have you ever looked at the ingredient…

KathyKolasa

April 11, 2018

Q The behavior of a person who I considered to be my closest friend changed — irritable, sarcastic, snippy and mean, mostly to me but also to my partner. This went on for months. When I finally brought it up, this person told me it was my fault. I had become “negative,” it…

Carolyn Hax

April 08, 2018

Q My partner of five years gets upset because I don’t miss him when he is away or during any time we are not together (we don’t live together). I’ve tried to explain to him that I don’t miss anybody, not even my son or grandchildren. Yes, I love to be with them and when I…

Carolyn Hax
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