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June 13, 2018

Q My best friend from college is one of the most honest and loyal people you could ever meet. She’s an amazing attorney, a devoted mom, a very good friend and a really mean wife. She and her husband are visiting me right now and it’s painful to hear the scathing tone she uses with her…

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June 10, 2018

Q My mother turns 90 this month. She said she wanted a party to celebrate the milestone. My three siblings are fine with carrying out her plan by helping with the invitations, finding a caterer, music, etc. I’m planning a surprise presentation for her to honor her artistry. We never discussed…

Carolyn Hax

June 10, 2018

Rates of child and teen depression and suicide continue to rise, as they have for 50 years. As regular readers of this column know, I do not agree in the least with current explanations, much less the “treatments” based on them, proposed by the mainstream in the mental health…

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June 10, 2018

THE WAY OF THE WORLD CIRCA 2018

Dear Short Answers: I spent most of my life in the pre-cellphone era when it was possible to be inaccessible. This was an option I appreciated and often enjoyed. Today, I have a cellphone, but I sometimes turn it off when I don’t want to be … disturbed.…

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June 08, 2018

Q I am a single mother of an infant daughter. I love my daughter more than life itself, but I am at a crossroads and she is in the middle. I work a very good, high-paying job. However, I don’t like it. I want to go back to school and get a master’s in a field I am passionate about.…

Carolyn Hax

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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