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Ask the Advice Goddess

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.

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Ask the Advice Goddess 2-12-15

by Amy Alkon

I just moved in with the love of my life. Her former boyfriend from years ago lives in her downstairs "granny unit." My girlfriend recently revealed that along with financially subsidizing him, she's still doing his laundry because "it's just easier."

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Ask the Advice Goddess 1-29-15

I like this woman I've been seeing, but she's really in love with me. I've been clear that I'm not ready to get more serious and that I'm really never going to be up for that with her. She's chosen to stick around, but her best friend called me crying, saying I'm breaking her heart.

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Ask the Advice Goddess -- 1-22-15

My boyfriend of eight months was with his ex for almost five years. Unfortunately, she passed two years ago. I have sympathy for him, but occasionally he'll call me by her name, and it's really upsetting...

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by Amy Alkon

I am not attracted to "nice guys." I'm in my early 30s, and I don't think I have low self-esteem. I don't like to be mistreated, either. In fact, I want somebody loving and faithful, but I find the guys I "should" be dating predictable and boring. (So cliché, I know.)

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by Amy Alkon

I'm a 30-something woman, and my best friend is a guy. We talk and text day and night, and I truly adore him. All our friends think we should be dating, but I don't feel sexually attracted to him.

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by Amy Alkon

I'm trying to get over my ex, but I'm constantly checking his Twitter and Facebook pages, and I get really upset. I'll see pix of women or see that he's gone to some event and wonder whether he met anyone there. It's crazy-making, but I can't seem to stop looking. - Unhinged

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Ask the Advice Goddess 12-18-14

by Amy Alkon

I've got an intense attraction to this musician I've been dating for four months. He's on the road a lot, plus he's new to the city and recently out of a relationship. He says he's not ready to get serious now and just told me he wants us to be non-monogamous.

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by Amy Alkon

My girlfriend is beautiful, highly intelligent, and interesting. She's smart for a living (as a strategic planner in advertising), so I find it sad that she watches so much television - maybe two hours of it upon coming home from work.

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by Amy Alkon

My husband's been saving for a motorcycle, and I was excited about riding on the back, hanging on to him - sexy and fun! But then he came home with a Vespa, the little Italian scooter. It just seems so girly.

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Notes from the woods about the coldest winter ever

by Dennis Powell

Anybody else about had it with winter? It was grimly amusing Friday morning to turn on Channel 7 in West Virginia and see a street reporter, blowing bubbles and popping them so viewers could see the broken shards flutter to the ground, but that was the beginning and end of the entertainment value of sub-zero temperatures.

The View from Mudsock Heights

Hours of boredom redeemed by half hour of frenzied activity

by Dennis Powell

Last Thursday afternoon I glanced at my watch. It said 1 p.m. When I looked at it five hours later, it said 1:15. After what seemed like a week, it said 5:00. Then, before I knew it, it was 7:00 and t

The View from Mudsock Heights

Cold weather passes almost unnoticed if you have My Alibi

by Dennis Powell

It's funny how things converge sometimes. I've enjoyed a few gratifying events coming together in unexpected ways recently, and thought I'd tell you about one of them.

The View from Mudsock Heights

Long & winding road that led to my door – can it be – 10 years?

by Dennis Powell

It's an anniversary of modest proportions, but still. Ten years ago this morning I awakened in Athens County, Ohio, for the first time.

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More and more, I ask, ‘What would Mrs. Coleman say?’

by Dennis Powell

Eva Coleman lived it. Married to a preacher, she had taught, and taught well, at the local "colored" school when schools were still segregated.

The View from Mudsock Heights

Feeling especially smart? Say thanks to a bug

by Dennis Powell

When I was in sixth grade, sixth grade was boring. So I read a lot while the rest of the class, more tolerant of drudgery than I was, endured our various lessons.

The View from Mudsock Heights

Simon, Theodore, ALVIN! and all their relatives on my hit list

by Dennis Powell

Contrary to rumor - you thought I didn't hear you, but I did - from time to time I am wont to clean the house.

The View from Mudsock Heights

We thought we had some control but now we’re told we don’t

by Dennis Powell

We like to be in control. Even if we don't always make the right choices, there's something comforting in knowing that the choices are ours to make.

The View from Mudsock Heights

Uptown silent night – It’s Christmas Eve in Athens

by Dennis Powell

One hundred ninety-six years to the day had passed since the first performance of a song that to many defines the season.

The View from Mudsock Heights

Brief, unexpected glimpse of past found under the woodpile

by Dennis Powell

The logs, if you could call them that, had been stacked neatly and covered by a tarp for years; how many I cannot say with certainty… three or four, probably.

Wise Up!

Insults

By David Bruce

Dorothy Parker had a tart tongue. She once said, "That woman speaks eighteen languages, and she can't say 'no' in any of them." When an acquaintance left the table, saying he had to "go take a leak," Ms. Parker remarked, "He really wants to telephone, but he's too embarrassed to say so."

Wise Up!

Valentine's Day

By David Bruce

An assortment of Valentine's Day anecdotes.

Wise Up!

Death

By David Bruce

In the early 20th century, a French landscape painter named Andre Marcellin decided to branch out into portraits. He painted the portrait of a banker, and a few days after the painting was finished, the banker died.

Wise Up!

Comedians

By David Bruce

Ed Sullivan could be a good man to work for. For one thing, he was a good editor. If a comic routine needed to be shortened, he could tell the comedian where it should be cut. Once, Shelley Berman performed a comic routine that ran 12 minutes in rehearsal.

Wise Up!

Prejudice

By David Bruce

Moe Howard of Three Stooges fame discovered racism against blacks while performing early in his career in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1931. 

Wise Up!

Bathrooms

By David Bruce

The Ramones were one of the greatest rock bands ever onstage, but apparently managing the Ramones backstage was a lot like managing a bunch of unruly children on the school bus. According to Ramones guitar tech George Tabb, just before going onstage for a concert, Dee Dee would say that he had to go the bathroom.

Wise Up!

Practical jokes

By David Bruce

Jean Cartel, a friend of novelist James Jones, ran a popular bar and restaurant in Paris. Unfortunately, an old Romanian woman drove him crazy because she played a squeaky mandolin and shouted obscenities outside his restaurant.

Wise Up!

Language

By David Bruce

Bob Newhart is known for his comic delivery, which is deadpan, frequently slow, and occasionally stuttering.

Wise Up!

Fans

By David Bruce

Harry Knowles, who writes for www.aintitcool.com, is a geeks' geek. He was able to be in China for part of the filming of Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill," and of course he wrote about it for his website.

Wise Up!

Christmas

By David Bruce

On 7 December 2013, Greg Parady, a 40-year-old financial planner and owner of Parady Financial Group in The Villages, Florida, went to a local Wal-Mart to get some bicycles for Toys for Tots. He then decided to do an additional good deed, and he spent over $20,000 helping people pay off their layaways.

 
 
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