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Ask the Advice Goddess

Ask the Advice Goddess 5-21-15

by Amy Alkon

I've been dating this guy long distance for six months. He'll often fail to return texts for an entire day or even a few days.

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Ask the Advice Goddess 4-30-15

by Amy Alkon

I've always been a feelings stuffer, but I've been reading about vulnerability creating intimacy, blah, blah, blah, so I'm trying to be an open book.

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Ask the Advice Goddess 4-23-15

by Amy Alkon

I'm new to online dating. I'm a nice, good-looking guy with a good job, but I have a muscular condition that causes me to shake a lot.

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Ask the Advice Goddess 4-16-15

by Amy Alkon

My boyfriend has a crazy ex-wife who can't let go. She is the meanest, most vengeful and manipulative person, initially convincing the 15-year-old son she has with my boyfriend that I'm the reason "Dad won't come back."

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Ask the Advice Goddess 4-9-15

My mom left when I was young, and my former husband left me, too. Maybe because of this, I've noticed that I'm quick to assume that any man I'm seeing is ditching me.

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Ask the Advice Goddess 4-2-15

by Amy Alkon

I've been seeing this guy long distance. I haven't really been feeling it and kind of let it drop off, thinking he'd get the hint. He keeps texting and calling. I keep telling him I'm just really busy. The truth is I've met somebody else. Do I have to tell him?

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Ask the Advice Godess 3-26-15

by Amy Alkon

I'm a 35-year-old guy who's doing online dating and who's against having kids for moral reasons. Don't get me wrong; I love kids. I just don't think we need any more people on this crowded, violent planet.

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Ask the Advice Goddess 3-19-15

by Amy Alkon

My girlfriend has been hurt, cheated on, and even ripped off in past relationships, and I'm paying the price. If I don't text back immediately, she is convinced I'm dumping her and flips out.

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Ask the Advice Goddess 3-12-15

by Amy Alkon

This guy I'm dating usually texts back when I text him. But sometimes, like last night, he doesn't write back.

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Ask the Advice Goddess 2-26-15

by Amy Alkon

I recently started dating this new girl. I asked her whether her lips and boobs are real (and it turns out they are). However, I did call her out on having a nose job. She admitted it but seemed kind of upset. It's the truth.

Help Me, Harlan!

Want a woman to want you? Give her the OK to reject you

By Harlan Cohen

Dear Harlan: I'm a junior in college and have a crush on this girl. I don't drink or go out that much, and neither does she, which is pretty rare on our campus. We're decently good friends, but not extraordinarily close.

Help Me, Harlan!

Questioning kid needs lots of gay friends in his life

By Harlan Cohen

Hey Harlan: Ever since I was in high school, I've been attracted to other males. I am now a 20-year-old who has never spoken about it to anyone, simply because I don't know how, or what to say.

Help Me, Harlan!

Did you fall for a man with physical challenge? I need your stories

By Harlan Cohen

Dear Harlan: I'm 35 and feel like I'm undateable. I was born with Spina Bifida and walk with crutches. I've never been on a date. Women just don't see me that way. I can't tell you how painful it is.

Help Me, Harlan!

First comes doubt, then comes the breakup

By Harlan Cohen

Dear Harlan: I've been in a serious relationship for a year, but I'm having doubts. How do I know when it's the right time to break up?- Doubting

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.

Help Me, Harlan!

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

Help Me, Harlan!

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.

The View from Mudsock Heights

Studied observation of communication among dogs & tots

by Dennis Powell

Any comparison of dogs and babies is likely to bring angry denunciation from the proprietors of both.

The View from Mudsock Heights

There’s gold in them thar, um, waters; therein lies a story

by Dennis Powell

There's been so much going on in the news that you might have easily missed it. Just ahead of the celebration - you did intend to celebrate it, didn't you? - of the 314thanniversary of his execution, the treasure of legendary pirate Captain Kidd has apparently been found, in murky waters off the coast of Madagascar. 

The View from Mudsock Heights

When voting, one sometimes needs to consider factors other than the candidate

by Dennis Powell

Something I was thinking about last year, in the weeks before and after the election in November, has resurfaced, in just about the way I thought it might.

The View from Mudsock Heights

No question, it’s the coolest flying machine in the world

by Dennis Powell

Over the years I've had the opportunity to be around a vast array of flying machines, and have gotten to fly in - and occasionally fly - more than my share of them. This has led to opinions.

The View from Mudsock Heights

It's time for a change, and not just a little change; here's why

by Dennis Powell

Let us begin with the stipulation that daylight saving time does little but assure that working people have to get up in the dark each morning year round, and that everybody is in a bad mood twice a year, when the time changes.

The View from Mudsock Heights

If the old saying were true, this’d be a much better column

by Dennis Powell

They say that when you're looking for something "it's always in the last place you look."

The View from Mudsock Heights

Athens Countians differ in their approach to problem solving

by Dennis Powell

The other morning I got to thinking about the people I'd encountered (and in one case not encountered) at various activities and events early last week. The range was illuminating.

The View from Mudsock Heights

Surprising enchantments discovered at local roller derby

by Dennis Powell

Arriving at the county fairgrounds youth exhibits building in Marietta Saturday, March 22, I had no idea that I was about to enter a whole new culture.

The View from Mudsock Heights

Sometimes we need to wonder who comforts the comforter

by Dennis Powell

Father Peter looked at me with mild astonishment. Of course I was angry with God, and no, that anger wasn't a sin. A relationship involves two-way communication, and that means sometimes asking for, even perhaps demanding, answers.

The View from Mudsock Heights

We’re coming to treat our president as royalty; that’s not good

by Dennis Powell

A number of years ago - it doesn't seem that long, but in that it was before most current OU students were born, I guess it was a while - it was my happy privilege to travel to Kuwait.

Wise Up!

Comedians

By David Bruce

Very early in his career, Jimmy Durante played piano in a bar called Diamond Tony's, which was named after the owner, who wore fake diamond rings. Once Diamond Tony was robbed by a man who took his wallet and pocket watch, but who told him, "You can keep those phony diamonds.

Wise Up!

Mothers

By David Bruce

Balanchine soloist Barbara Milberg almost didn't survive to become a dancer. Dysentery at age 4 left her severely underweight. Her mother stayed with her constantly, feeding her the only food she was allowed: little bites of raw apple. 

Wise Up!

Music

By David Bruce

In the early 1970s, all-girl bands were largely regarded as novelty acts, making it difficult for the real thing - all-woman rock band Fanny - to find acceptance.

Wise Up!

AIDS

By David Bruce

Many famous people have acquired the HIV virus or have died from AIDS. The first famous person to announce that he had AIDS was actor Rock Hudson, who died from the disease in 1985.

Wise Up!

Money

By David Bruce

Early in his career, George Carlin was funny and made a lot of money from conventional comedy. However, he was unhappy because he wanted to be funny and do comedy that also made a serious point. Finally, he got new management, one member of whom was Jeff Wald.

Wise Up!

Illness and Injury

When Harvey Pekar of "American Splendor" fame got cancer, he was fortunate in having a caring oncologist. He wanted to get the chemotherapy over quickly and so he took what the doctor called a 12-week treatment plan consisting of weekly injections of drugs into his body although he knew that this treatment plan would be a lot harsher and punishing than if he were to spread the treatments over a longer time and take lower doses of the drug.

Wise Up!

Bible

By David Bruce

The Bible contains stories of giants such as Goliath, so many people believe that giants once walked the earth. In the mid-1800s, a man named George Hull decided to help that belief along.

Wise Up!

Practical Jokes

By David Bruce

Lynn Collins played Kayla Silverfox, the love interest of Wolverine in the 2009 action film "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." Work on the movie started immediately. She says: "When I got the job, within 72 hours, I was on a cliff in my underwear kissing Hugh Jackman in New Zealand. I had no time to prepare."

Wise Up!

Charity

By David Bruce

When J. P. Morgan decided to attempt to buy the Carnegie Steel Company, he asked its president, Charles Schwab, to approach Andrew Carnegie, who owned most of the company's stock. Mr. Schwab did so, and Mr. Carnegie asked for a night to think about whether he wanted to sell the company.

Wise Up!

Food

By David Bruce

William M. Gaines, the publisher of MAD magazine, loved food - and lots of it. One day, he treated the staff to a meal at the Gotham Bar and Grill, and when he ordered, he ordered LOTS of food.

 
 
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