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September 24, 2017

I am a member of the last generation of American children who were no big deal. No one made a big deal over me, ever. Not my mother, my father or anyone else. For my parents, raising me properly was a big deal, but I was not. It may come as a shock and surprise to some readers, but the process and…


September 24, 2017

Q I allowed my daughter and her now-husband to continue to live with me after they got married a few months ago, in hopes that they would fly the coop soon so I can finally have an empty nest. They are both 21. They both work retail and go to school. I know they would very much like to live on…

Carolyn Hax

September 24, 2017


Dear Short Answers: My new boyfriend and I were at a restaurant and it started to rain really hard. When we left, he simply grabbed an umbrella from the pile of umbrellas that were by the door. Since we hadn’t brought an umbrella with us, he was basically stealing one.…

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September 22, 2017

Q It’s been over a month since my ex and I had an argument, and we haven’t spoken to each other since. We’ve been together for over a year and have had trivial arguments like this, and we always get back together after a few days of “cooling off.” I always like to…

Carolyn Hax

September 20, 2017

Q We recently moved here from Pennsylvania. My neighbor served us butter beans. I said they were just lima beans. She said no. What can you tell me about them? — P.R., Winterville

A Welcome to eastern North Carolina! I fully enjoy exploring local food cultures and hope you will too. Magen…


September 20, 2017

Q I am writing about a behavior common to a close relative and a friend. They notice something about someone and then “give them the business” about this flaw.

You probably know this type of jovial person who will write this off as a normal part of being a close friend. The ones I know…

Carolyn Hax
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