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Ask the Advice Goddess

Ask the Advice Goddess

by Amy Alkon

When my boyfriend and I started dating, he was kind of a hothead. His first encounter with my friends was a game of touch football on the beach. He and another guy collided, and he lost his temper.

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Ask the Advice Goddess 8-14-14

A close friend has a drinking problem. His wife kicked him out, he lost his job, and he's been a lousy father to their 1-year-old son. He begged to stay with me (his only single friend) and has been sleeping on my couch for months.

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Ask the Advice Goddess

by Amy Alkon

My girlfriend and I are mostly happy together, but we have this ongoing fight where she accuses me of wanting to cheat whenever I so much as glance at a woman she perceives to be my "type" (any woman roughly her age and ethnicity).

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Ask the Advice Goddess 7-24-14

by Amy Alkon

My boyfriend of two years got an early birthday present from his sister and her husband: a really expensive, second-row ticket for a major sporting event next year. The trouble is, it falls on my 30th birthday (a Saturday).

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Ask the Advice Goddess

by Amy Alkon

I'm a 54-year-old single man. I've discovered a troubling and apparently rampant trend among people around my age doing online dating - women not being honest about their age.

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Ask the Advice Goddess 7-3-14

by Amy Alkon

A friend asked me to be a groomsman in his wedding. It's being held hours away, and the only hotel is pricey. With tux rental, attending will cost me over $500. I'll also have to miss work. (I'm a waiter.)

Ask the Advice Goddess

Ask the Advice Goddess

by Amy Alkon

I am a single 58-year-old woman with a one-year subscription to eHarmony. In the six months I've been on, only two men have contacted me. Of the dozen men I've reached out to, only one responded, and nothing came of it.

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Ask the Advice Goddess 6-19-14

by Amy Alkon

I’m going to a friend's bachelor party in Vegas, which includes a strip club visit. My girlfriend said I have to sit that out. She believes going could lead me to cheat on her. I assured

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Ask the Advice Goddess

by Amy Alkon

I've gone out several times with a girl I really like, but her breath bothers me enough that I don't want to kiss her until it improves. (It smells like pepper and socks.) She doesn't smoke, eat stinky foods, or have an odd diet (beyond not eating red meat), so I'm not sure where this is coming from.

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Ask the Advice Goddess 6-5-14

by Amy Alkon

I'm a single mother with a 12-year-old son. Four years ago, when my boyfriend fell in love with me, he would buy me clothes and jewelry. He also promised to build a house for my son and me to live in.

Help Me, Harlan!

Get real, nice guys don't really exist

Dear Harlan: I can't tell you how tired I am of hearing that women don't want a nice guy. That was the line my current husband used on me. I was honest with him from the beginning that I was looking for a permanent relationship, would work hard to make it last and that porn was a deal-breaker because it ruined my two previous relationships.

Help Me, Harlan!

Yes, love is possible for a 38-year-old virgin

By Harlan Cohen

Dear Harlan: Not to go into too much detail, but throughout most of my life, my mother brought not-so-desirable men into my home, starting with my father. So now I feel like I am just not meant to have good men in my life.

Help Me, Harlan!

Girlfriend needs to change expectations or get new guy

By Harlan Cohen

Dear Harlan: My boyfriend and I are going through a difficult time. He had a tough childhood, and he's suppressed so many issues for so long that it's caused him to build a wall.

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Reader quits! Reading about sleeping around is not acceptable

By Harlan Cohen

Dear Harlan: I have written to you before about my concerns with your writing about people sleeping together with no avail. There are times when I think you give good advice, but will no longer read your column. It's not a fit. - MGK

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Last-minute college switch up-ends daughter’s future

By Harlan Cohen

Dear Harlan: Our daughter was wait-listed by an in-state college. We were going to send her to an out-of-state college, until last week. We received word that she was accepted to the in-state college.

Help Me, Harlan!

Look in the mirror and then look for a date

By Harlan Cohen

Hey Harlan: I just turned 30, bought a townhouse a few months ago, own a car and work full time at a place I love. I have one of the strongest groups of friends ever, and I am happy.

Help Me, Harlan!

Nice guys who go on lots of dates are hot

By Harlan Cohen

Hey Harlan: I recently took a girl out on a date and we were hitting it off. She pointed out to me that she would be more interested in dating a bad guy because she believes that she can fix a bad boy.

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Cool girl needs to change her approach if she ever wants to find a cool guy

By Harlan Cohen

Dear Harlan: I think I'm a really cool girl, but it seems like every guy I'm into doesn't want a relationship at all - they always say that I'm everything they want in a girl, but for "later in life." When is this going to stop? - Too Cool

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Widower's new gal can't tolerate hearing deceased wife's name

By Harlan Cohen

Dear Harlan: I'm a recent widower – my wife of 30 years passed away five months ago.  I'm now dating a woman who's insisting I not mention my wife by name, or even refer to her as "my wife."

Help Me, Harlan!

Heartbroken man in pain over ex and looking for cure

By Harlan Cohen

Dear Harlan: My ex and I were dating for about two years, and we moved in together a few months ago. She is my first and only (so far) serious relationship. We both recently started changing a lot, and we thought that at the end of the school year, we should go our separate ways.

The View from Mudsock Heights

Years later, Big Run Bridge gets cut up and carted away

by Dennis Powell

Around here, in this economy, one had to look twice. But yes, it seemed legitimate. Ah, I'm getting ahead of myself. As has been noted here previously (well, actually, a few times previously)

The View from Mudsock Heights

Auto-body repair futures are deerish for rest of the year

by Dennis Powell

Over the decades I've done some business reporting, including a few years a long time ago when I covered business to the exclusion of much else. One thing I learned is that it's a very bad idea to make predictions.

The View from Mudsock Heights

Is this the (further) fulfillment of an Old Testament prophesy?

by Dennis Powell

We've probably all encountered persons who seek to impress upon us how it is that Holy Scripture makes obvious – it is always obvious, though oddly only to them – some off-the-wall notion. And we have all probably expressed (at least internally, until we can formulate a strategy for ending the conversation) a degree of skepticism.

The View from Mudsock Heights

Widespread violation of a law doesn’t mean it’s useless

by Dennis Powell

Do you suppose that most drivers at least occasionally exceed the speed limit? I bet they do. Some do it pretty consistently.

The View from Mudsock Heights

The events that began 100 years ago shaped our world today

by Dennis Powell

Chances are I wouldn't have watched Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III even if it hadn't been overdubbed in Arabic, and I certainly didn't watch the Egyptian soap operas that followed. But one could not change the channel on the screen at the front of the business section in a Kuwait Airways 747 in 1993.

The View from Mudsock Heights

Our jungle as violent and dramatic as any jungle anyplace

by Dennis Powell

It is always a pleasure to drop in at Miller's Chicken for lunch. Someday one of the cable channels, doing a "best anywhere" program of the kind that used to focus on hamburgers and more recently has been limited to barbecue, will turn to fried chicken.

The View from Mudsock Heights

Maybe modern science hasn't been ENTIRELY subverted

by Dennis Powell

Next Sunday will be the 45th anniversary of man's first landing on the Moon. Sadly, two years and five months later, we will observe the 45th anniversary of our abandonment of the Moon. Both events say something about us, but only the first one says something good about us.

The View from Mudsock Heights

All kinds of products get recalled; why not this one?

by Dennis Powell

If you were here, you remember it: hot weather, long gas lines, people wondering aloud when or if it would ever end.

The View from Mudsock Heights

What happens if you have a heart attack on the moon?

by Dennis Powell

Last week a good and interesting story appeared in Popular Mechanics entitled "What Happens If You Have A Heart Attack In Space?" It dealt with some experiments involving the use of an ultrasound device in weightlessness, to determine whether it would be of diagnostic value where there is little gravity.

The View from Mudsock Heights

A compendium of basic truths of life here and elsewhere

by Dennis Powell

As a public service, I have undertaken to test a couple of superstitions. It's probably best for me to note that these are superstitions that I invented myself, but they are so reasonable that I wouldn't be surprised if others held one or the other of them.

Wise Up!

Violence against women

By David Bruce

In the summer of 2014, Jasmine Jafferali was busy with her cell phone as she walked west along Van Buren Street in the West Loop of Chicago, Illinois, going to a workout when a man - who she thought looked deranged - accosted her.

Wise Up!

Theater

By David Bruce

Actor Douglas Fairbanks enjoyed telling this story about a chaplain taking part in an amateur theatrical production in England.

Wise Up!

Work

Sidney Weinberg, who was born in 1891, started at Goldman Sachs as an assistant to the janitor, then worked his way up to senior partner. He sat on the boards of directors of many companies, and he attended many, many meetings.

Wise Up!

Clothing

By David Bruce

When Zen master Seisetsu was a boy studying at a temple, he was asked to rub the back of a samurai warrior who had traveled a long way.

Wise Up!

Taxis

By David Bruce

In 2005, Thierry Bellisha, a Jewish jeweler in Montreal, Canada, left a suitcase full of $1 million worth of bridal jewelry in the trunk of a taxi cab driven by Hossam Abdalla, a Muslim who emigrated from Egypt to the United States in the late 1990s, at La Guardia Airport in New York. What happened?

Wise Up!

Problem-solving

By David Bruce

Problem-Solving • Veteran singer-songwriter Jill Sobule keeps writing and singing, but record companies keep dying. What to do if you want to record a new album?

Wise Up!

Art

By David Bruce

One of the very earliest sculptures of Abraham Lincoln is at the top of a totem pole. In the 19th century, the Native American Tlingit tribe in southeastern Alaska was divided into two hostile factions: the Ravens and the Eagles.

Wise Up!

Police

By David Bruce

n October 2004, two British police officers, a husband and wife, became heroes in New York City when they arrested a man who had stabbed someone with a knife in a jewelry store.

Wise Up!

Illness & Injury

By David Bruce

Three-year-old Joe Hoagland had it rough in life. He was born with a heart problem that required three operations, and he suffered a stroke during the third operation. After that, he no longer showed an interest in anything.

Wise Up!

Father's Day

By David Bruce

When young-people’s author Jean Little was growing up, she liked to read and write, but her stories tended to be about elves, leading her father to advise her, “Write about what you know.” She immediately wrote a story about a father and a daughter – and elves. But she discovered that she enjoyed writing about the father and daughter more than she did writing about the elves.

 
 
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