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June 06, 2018

Q: I’ve been wondering what effects energy drinks have on your health. Are they really bad for you? — R.R., Greenville

A: Caffeine is the main ingredient in most energy drinks, but I prefer mine in a morning cup of coffee. Search the web with the term “benefits of caffeine or…

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June 06, 2018

Q Part of my humor — and my self-defense mechanism — is to be self-deprecating. I’m getting better about it, as I learned early on that people would use my jokes against me, which never felt good. Plus, I genuinely like myself a lot better with over a decade of therapy under my…

June 03, 2018

Q I am a grandmother with custody of my two grandsons, 6-year-old twins. Because of behavior problems at home and school and difficulties relating to other children (they play and communicate with one another just fine), they have been diagnosed with autism. What is your opinion of the diagnosis…

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June 03, 2018

Q My best friend, “Gail,” and I have grown apart the past few years. It’s no one’s fault, we just don’t have anything in common anymore. She’s a stay-at-home mom with two kids under 4, and is busy with all of the things that come with that. I’m single,…

Carolyn Hax

June 03, 2018

BAD KARMA

Dear Short Answers: I recently got engaged and am planning my wedding for January 2019. The guest list hasn’t been determined, and we don’t really even know how many people we will invite. The other day, a co-worker asked me if I was going to invite her (which seemed rude…

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June 01, 2018

Q My husband asked me how I want to celebrate Mother’s Day with our baby, and I suggested the three of us go to brunch Saturday so we could leave Sunday open to celebrate our own mothers. He agreed to that, but then I overheard him telling his mom on the phone that he will be busy with…

Carolyn Hax

May 30, 2018

Q: I was served a quinoa salad recently and thought it was pretty good. Tell us about it please. — W.H., Winterville

A: I first enjoyed quinoa about 40 years ago in the mountains of Ecuador when we were studying how the diets of rural people changed as they moved to the city. I was delighted…

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May 30, 2018

Q I just got a Facebook friend request from an old classmate. This woman was my main tormentor in eighth grade, and while I managed to steer clear of her through much of high school, I still wince at some of the public humiliation she put me through. (I was not her only victim by any means.)

My…

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May 23, 2018

Q: I have seen several articles in health magazines about the role of sleep in weight control. Can you tell us about it? — D.M., Greenville

A: We first started hearing about the connection between sleep and weight management about 10 years ago. Scientists now have pretty good information.…

KathyKolasa

May 20, 2018

GET A GRIP, GIRLS

Dear Short Answers: There is a woman in town who is a stay-at-home mom with three children. Every year (actually, three times a year), she throws the most lavish birthday parties for her kids. It makes the rest of us moms look like slackers. Every year, our own kids ask why…

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