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Advice Columns

November 22, 2017

Dear Readers: It is the season when we give thanks for families, friends and the richness in our lives. This season, the Brody School of Medicine faculty, staff and students are thankful for our new dean, Dr. Mark Stacy, who clearly shares our commitment to the mission of the school with a…

KathyKolasa

November 22, 2017

Q My sister stays home with her two small children (2 and 1) while her partner works. Recently, during a fight, he took all of their money — not much under any circumstances — and left. He has since returned and they have patched things up for now. But they fight frequently and she…

Carolyn Hax

November 19, 2017

DISGUSTING

Dear Short Answers: Since I do all the cooking at home, my husband does the dishes. The problem is that he does a horrible job at it. He refuses to run the dishwasher until it’s packed so full that half the dishes don’t get clean. But he still puts them away even if they…

Short Answers

November 19, 2017

Q There is a group of women with whom I’ve taken weekend trips once or twice a year over the last six years. Back in May, we tossed around possible trip ideas for the summer. Nothing was decided. I saw two of these friends (the third lives in another state) a couple times in June and…

Carolyn Hax

November 17, 2017

Q My wife is a wonderfully sensible person and appropriately sensitive. She is the oldest of three sisters and often feels left out. The age and geographical distance make it understandable that her two sisters have a much closer relationship.

Still, they left her out of a big announcement, and my…

Carolyn Hax

November 15, 2017

Q What effect does dehydration have on the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables? I have used dried carrots, onions and celery in my homemade soups due to convenience of storage and preparation. I am getting lazy in my old age and these items come peeled, chopped and ready to use. — I.K.,…

KathyKolasa

November 15, 2017

Q My sister, “Sarah,” is turning 30 soon. Except during college, she has lived with my parents rent-free her entire life. I have always taken the stance of, “It’s my parents’ and sister’s business what they do,” and never brought it up.

Sarah is a kind,…

Carolyn Hax

November 12, 2017

Q In the school district where I used to teach, I attended many meetings concerning children with special needs. Many of the kids in question were said to be “on the [autism] spectrum.” In 15 years I witnessed the number of supposedly autistic children go from practically zero to enough…

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November 12, 2017

Q My husband graduated from a military academy 54 years ago. As a healthy, happily married couple for 48 years, we have enjoyed the life we lived as a military family. We always supported each other and our children during our frequent moves, about every two years.

The problem? I have attended…

Carolyn Hax

November 10, 2017

Q I’m a college sophomore and I am close with a group of girls from my freshman dormitory. One of them, “Allison,” relies on me too much, and I can’t handle it anymore.

Allison is constantly asking to borrow my car (she can afford an Uber), get my help planning her class…

Carolyn Hax
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