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Ask the Advice Goddess

Ask the Advice Goddess

by Amy Alkon

I've been dating a girl I really like for six weeks. She pays her rent with a 9-to-5 job but studied painting at art school and wants to make it her career. Unfortunately, I don't like her paintings at all.

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Ask the Advice Goddess 4-10-14

by Amy Alkon

For my New Year's resolution, I committed to not having sex for the first six months of the year and then another six months from whenever I start dating someone.

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Ask the Advice Goddess 3-27-14

by Amy Alkon

My boyfriend works at a hardware store and can fix things, and in the past six months, his sister and her husband have asked him to install their new kitchen faucet, mend their fence (with the husband's help), and assemble a lawnmower.

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Ask the Advice Goddess 3-20-14

by Amy Alkon

Are guys scared of politically active women? My boyfriend of two months just broke up with me over my support for animal rights, and I've generally had difficulty keeping boyfriends because of this.

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Ask the Advice Goddess 3-13-14

by Amy Alkon

On a business trip, I drank WAY too much with some work friends and ended up kissing a random girl I met at a bar, despite my having a girlfriend I love very much. I feel horrible. Until now, I'd never cheated on a woman. Is it crazy to want to tell my girlfriend?

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Ask the Advice Goddess 3/6/14

by Amy Alkon

My girlfriend of six months just stopped shaving her legs and armpits. I think she is so sexy - except for this. Recently, I asked her whether she'd shave again, and she snapped that shaving is time-consuming, and the idea that women should remove their body hair comes from anti-feminist propaganda.

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Ask the Advice Goddess 2-27-14

by Amy Alkon

This great girl I've been dating just invited me on a camping trip. Frankly, there is nothing I would like to do less. I hate camping, and I won't know anyone but her.

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Ask the Advice Goddess 2-20-14

by Amy Alkon

After six years with a lazy and ambitionless boyfriend, I found a funny, loyal, caring boyfriend I love, with a solid career and a good work ethic. He pays his share of our bills and even does our laundry!

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Ask the Advice Goddess 2-13-14

by Amy Alkon

I'm good friends with the woman next door, but she and her husband fight constantly in front of me and others. Recently, we were all in their car. She was driving, and he repeatedly told her everything she was doing wrong.

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Ask the Advice Goddesss 2-6-14

by Amy Alkon

I read your recent columns about guys who are too shy to ask women out. You seem to think it's okay for women to make quick judgments about a shy man's worth because his shyness is their first impression. Well, a man shouldn't have to be loud, obnoxious and "in your face."

Help Me, Harlan!

Once a cheater, not always a cheater

By Harlan Cohen

Dear Harlan: I used to cheat on a boyfriend I had from high school to freshman year of college. I ended it. I'm now in an amazing relationship and couldn't even imagine cheating on my boyfriend. Do you believe in "once a cheater, always a cheater"? My mom always says that.

Help Me, Harlan!

Boyfriend’s body hair no longer cute and cuddly

By Harlan Cohen

Dear Harlan: My boyfriend is incredibly hairy on his chest and back. At first, it didn't bother me. It's now starting to turn me off sexually. What am I supposed to do? I don't know how to sensitiv

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Hooking up is one way to cover up pain of the past

By Harlan Cohen

Dear Harlan: I broke up with my boyfriend of two years a year ago. I've been having a hard time getting over him. Lately, I've been hooking up with three different guys (no sex, just making out). I'm having a hard time deciding which one to date. I'm afraid that if I pick one, I'll have second thoughts. I like them all. Any advice?

Help Me, Harlan!

Truth hurts: He doesn’t want to date her, just sleep with her

By Harlan Cohen

Dear Harlan: We act like we're dating, and we're sleeping together, but there's no official title and no commitment. He says he feels like I'm the one for him, but part of him wants the "college experience" he never had.

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Friend who blacks out tells everyone to just butt out

By Harlan Cohen

Dear Harlan: My friend gets blackout drunk several times each week, and I am concerned for him. When I try to talk to him about it, he puts up a massive wall and won't talk about it. What should I do? - Shut Out

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Reader disputes the idea that he's a small-minded racist

Dear Harlan: I wanted to respond to your advice to the young woman whose parents didn't approve of interracial dating.

Help Me, Harlan!

Daughter wants to help mom get out of abusive relationship

By Harlan Cohen

Dear Harlan: My mom needs help. First, some background information: I started dating my boyfriend in high school. When he started college, his dad was fired from his job. That's when my boyfriend came up to Maine to go to college with me.

Help Me, Harlan!

Interracial marriage still a problem for many parents

By Harlan Cohen

Dear Harlan: The man who wants to marry me is a great, supportive guy. He wants to commit himself to me forever, and I can see myself doing the same. We are both 24 and ready to commit. 

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A Valentine’s Day pep talk to my singleton readers

By Harlan Cohen

Dear Readers: Happy Valentine's Day! If you're in love, savor it. If you're looking for love, go out and find it. It's that easy. I know you don't believe me, but it's true. After speaking to thousands of single people in 46 states for more than 18 years, I can tell you that you are the problem.

Help Me, Harlan!

After 35 years of abuse, widower rejoins dating pool

By Harlan Cohen

Dear Harlan: I'm a 58-year-old widow who was married for 35 years. My husband was very abusive. I'm interested in dating again. But I've been told I'm tough on men and that I blame them for what happened to me in my past.

The View from Mudsock Heights

Contemplating the buggy aliens invading our living spaces

by Dennis Powell

Surely by now you know the bugs are going to win. No, I'm not talking about bugs such as the one in the OpenSSL library discovered a week ago, the one called "Heartbleed" that put at risk anything that can be found on the Internet that you'd like to keep private, though bugs such as that one are probably going to win, too.

The View from Mudsock Heights

Take a moment to peruse this brief history of time (pieces)

by Dennis Powell

Over Christmas vacation in 1969, it was my good fortune to work in the camera store in my hometown.

The View from Mudsock Heights

Stunning discoveries illustrate war on April Fool’s Day

by Dennis Powell

Reality is more and more resembling a movie script that got rejected because it was too far-fetched.

The View from Mudsock Heights

If you aren’t scared to death, you ought to be, and duly will be

by Dennis Powell

We are living in the most frightening time that many of us have ever experienced. We are in an admixture of history repeating itself and some of the worst of apocalyptic science fiction. It is all unfolding before us, and around us.

The View from Mudsock Heights

All you need to know about that guy named St. Patrick

by Dennis Powell

Well. It is St. Patrick's Day. Funny what that has come to mean. There are increasingly political parades and celebrations, various buildings are lit in green and bodies of water are dyed green (unless the EPA has prohibited it, which the EPA probably has), and persons who are wont to drink consider drinking on St. Patrick's Day to be an obligation.

The View from Mudsock Heights

Center of everything is a nearly extinct musical instrument

by Dennis Powell

People sometimes ask, out of politeness surely, how one selects the subject of a weekly newspaper column. It is a question for which there is no single answer. Sometimes ideas present themselves, while other times they hide under that pile of really good boxes over there, the ones I should throw away but won't, knowing that the minute I do I'll need them.

The View from Mudsock Heights

My favorite shows are from quirky undiscovered channels

by Dennis Powell

Having grown up in the age of mud huts, hunter-gatherer subsistence and only two television stations broadcasting to strange antennae called "rabbit ears," I feel that I am a useful control group for scientific commentary on the vast number of channels (though not choices) available to the modern cable or satellite television subscriber.

The View from Mudsock Heights

If this isn’t a sign of growing old, I don’t know what is

by Dennis Powell

Midwest summers can be boring. Indeed, that is pretty much the rule. Which is why, I think, as a child (a period that lasted from my birth until I neared 50) the distant rumble of thunder was always a good thing to me, sparking anticipation normally reserved for the lead up to Christmas.

The View from Mudsock Heights

News flash: We’re all living in a microwave oven, all the time

by Dennis Powell

A friend of mine is unable to have a wireless router for his computer in his house because his wife is afraid of the radiation from it.

The View from Mudsock Heights

Priestly advice keeps me out of the ditch on an icy morning

by Dennis Powell

There was only a little light snow falling—creek-effect snow, probably—here last Tuesday morning (Feb. 4), the first day after Sunday night's snowfall that it seemed sane to venture out.

Wise Up!

Comedians

By David Bruce

Comedian Fred Allen spent years entertaining people in vaudeville, and as you would expect, he had many stories to tell.

Wise Up!

Money

By 2010, Lady Gaga had made a lot of money. So what is the best thing that she spent money on? She says, "I bought my parents a car." The car was a black Rolls-Royce. Lady Gaga says, "My dad's very Italian, so I wanted to get him a real Godfather car."

Wise Up!

Practical Jokes

By David Bruce

In 2000, Kevyn Aucoin did the make-up for Hilary Swank at the Academy Awards; she won the Best Actress Oscar for Boys "Don't Cry." (The previous year, he did the make-up for Gwyneth Paltrow at the Academy Awards; she won the Best Actress Oscar for "Shakespeare in Love.") Actually, the production company of "Boys Don't Cry" could not afford Mr. Aucoin's very expensive thousands-of-dollars fee, but in "Boys Don't Cry," Ms. Swank played a transgendered teen.

Wise Up!

Food

By David Bruce

When movie critic Roger Ebert was a boy, he took his first train trip alone on the Panama Limited train back in the days when trains had dining cars with heavy pewter dishes that would not tip over.

Wise Up!

Scientists

In 1988, Leon M. Lederman, Melvin Schwartz, and Jack Steinberger won the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on neutrinos. Since that time, Dr. Lederman has taught many courses, and at least twice – once in Chicago and once in New York City – he has sat at a table on a sidewalk and answered questions about physics from members of the general public.

Wise Up!

Work

By David Bruce

When Sarah Caldwell began working at Tanglewood, a music venue in Massachusetts, she worked very hard because she was afraid that she might be fired (and because she always worked hard).

Wise Up!

Names

By David Bruce

Being famous under a pseudonym can lead to problems. Eric Blair, aka George Orwell, once learned that Ernest Hemingway was staying in a room at the same hotel he was staying at. He knocked on Hemingway's door and introduced himself as Eric Blair, and Hemingway asked what he wanted. Blair then reintroduced himself as George Orwell, and Hemingway said, "Why didn't you say so?"

Wise Up!

Comedians

In 2009, British comedian Eddie Izzard ran approximately 1,100 miles across Great Britain to raise 200,000 for the charity Sport Relief, which brings together people from the sport and the entertainment worlds to raise money to help vulnerable people.

Wise Up!

Shakespeare

By David Bruce

Director Max Reinhardt (1873-1943) was serious about his Shakespeare productions. In 1933, he created a production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" for the Oxford University Dramatic Society.

Wise Up!

Clothing

By David Bruce

As a student at the School of American Ballet, Merrill Ashley was able to buy at a low price toe shoes that had been rejected by members of the New York City Ballet. She purchased a pair of toe shoes that had been rejected by Allegra Kent, who had small, narrow feet like Merrill's.

 
 
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