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Ask the Advice Goddess

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.

Ask the Advice Goddess

Ask the Advice Goddess

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.

Ask the Advice Goddess

Ask the Advice Goddess

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.

Ask the Advice Goddess

Ask the Advice Goddess

by Amy Alkon

I'm an aspiring comedian - seriously aspiring - so I'm out most nights doing stand-up. My girlfriend gets upset about all the time I put into this and expects my nights off to be spent with her. Recently, I was going to an open mic, when a friend called and invited me to a birthday party.

Ask the Advice Goddess

Ask the Advice Goddess

by Amy Alkon

Is it okay to keep your income a secret from someone you're dating? I recently started seeing a girl I work with (at an advertising company). She believes women at our company get paid less on average, and I suspect she's right.

Ask the Advice Goddess

Ask the Advice Goddess

by Amy Alkon

My boyfriend and I are spending Christmas with his family. I like them and get along well with them. However, they're very religious, and he wants me to join them in going to holiday church services.

Ask the Advice Goddess

Ask the Advice Goddess

by Amy Alkon

My roommate's girlfriend is unemployed and just hangs around our place all week, even when he's at work. (She has her own place but is never there.) She's very wasteful with our utilities.

Ask the Advice Goddess

Ask the Advice Goddess 9-18-14

Last year, after I split up with my girlfriend, the law firm I worked for went belly up. I haven't been on a date all year.

Ask the Advice Goddess

Ask the Advice Goddess 9-4-14

by Amy Alkon

I've been dating a girl for two months, and I go back and forth from thinking the relationship has legs to wanting to end it. I just had a birthday, and she got me a new iPod Touch with my name engraved on the back.

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.

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

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.

The View from Mudsock Heights

Outrage is easy: solving real problems is more difficult

by Dennis Powell

As the crowd of a few dozen people stood in the rain, holding their signs and blocking Court Street, I wondered what it was they hoped to accomplish.

The View from Mudsock Heights

When the hysterical falls short, the historical is just fine

by Dennis Powell

It seemed a good idea to sit here and make up some Christmas-themed jokes, and for a couple minutes the project progressed nicely. For instance, pirate-related things being popular nowadays, it mi

The View from Mudsock Heights

Anecdotes from the wilds of the grand-jury system

by Dennis Powell

Hanging on my office wall in a frame is a document of a kind that most people never see.

The View from Mudsock Heights

The seasons cycle in Athens County – shall we recycle?

By Dennis E. Powell

You'd suppose I'd know better by now, but no. Those first few almost invisible flakes of snow the other afternoon were, yes, exciting.

The View from Mudsock Heights

Let us remember to honor greatest generation Nov. 11

by Dennis Powell

The flag-draped casket was affecting, as flag-draped caskets always are, the rainy morning Saturday before last as it was carried down the steep steps of St. Paul Church in Athens.

The View from Mudsock Heights

As Eve persuaded Adam, so have I embraced the Apple

by Dennis Powell

My friend Bob Bernstein was unconcerned with delicacy. "I have marked Oct. 23, 2014 on my calendar," he wrote to me, "as the day you went over to The Dark Side." His commen

The View from Mudsock Heights

It sure seemed like a decent photo; ask me again in 2064

by Dennis Powell

When we'd drive past the spot on Ohio Rt. 550 just east of Amesville, I would always mention my plan to take the picture "when the light was right." I said it so often that I began to wonder if I sounded like - maybe had become - one of those people full of talk about what he's going to do someday.

The View from Mudsock Heights

We must modify our behavior if we want to stay alive

by Dennis Powell

It was one of the first conversations we ever had, and I remember it well because it surprised me.

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.

Wise Up!

Word Play

By David Bruce

Each Saturday evening, Rev. William G. Campbell of St. Savior's Anglican Church in Vermilion, Alberta, prepares the unleavened bread for the celebration of the Eucharist on Sunday.

Wise Up!

Names

By David Bruce

President Woodrow Wilson liked to tell a story of his incognito visit to Hannibal, Missouri, famous for its association with Mark Twain, who grew up there. President Wilson fell into conversation with a native and asked, "Have you ever heard of Tom Sawyer?"

Wise Up!

Free Speech

By David Bruce

Todd Stave is the landlord of Reproductive Health Services Clinic, a medical clinic that offers abortions. The clinic always has protesters outside the office park property. These protesters pray and hold vigils.

Wise Up!

Money

By David Bruce

In Taiwan, Chen Shu-Chu works hard selling vegetables, getting up at 3 a.m. and staying in her stall until 7 or 8 at night. She is the first to arrive at and the last to leave the market. She is frugal and over the years has donated to charities NT$10 million (New Taiwan dollars), which is $321,550 in American money.

Wise Up!

Celebrities

By David Bruce

Margot Fonteyn once telephoned Hungarian ballet dancer Viktor Rona to invite him to dance with her at a benefit. However, when he told the other dancers that the great Fonteyn had called him, they replied, "And I suppose the President of the United States invited you to Washington, too! Come off it."

Wise Up!

Courage

By David Bruce

On July 29, 2006, Australian tourist Kimberley Dear, 21, took a skydiving lesson at an airport near St. Louis, Missouri.

Wise Up!

Courage

By David Bruce

On July 29, 2006, Australian tourist Kimberley Dear, 21, took a skydiving lesson at an airport near St. Louis, Missouri. Tragically, the plane developed engine problems after takeoff...

Wise Up!

Food

By David Bruce

The son of R. Hayyim of Zans, R. Baruch, was the Rabbi of Gorlitz. One day, a young housemaid came to his house and asked what she should prepare for the evening meal of the people she worked for.

Wise Up!

Today's topic: Food

By David Bruce

The son of R. Hayyim of Zans, R. Baruch, was the Rabbi of Gorlitz. One day, a young housemaid came to his house and asked what she should prepare for the evening meal of the people she worked for...

 
 
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