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Ask the Advice Goddess

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."

Ask the Advice Goddess

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.

Ask the Advice Goddess

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?

Ask the Advice Goddess

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.

Ask the Advice Goddess

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.

Ask the Advice Goddess

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.

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.

Ask the Advice Goddess

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."

Ask the Advice Goddess

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.

Ask the Advice Goddess

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...

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

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.

The View from Mudsock Heights

Believe it or not, local radio comes with obligations

by Dennis Powell

When it snows so hard the roads become impassible, communication becomes very important. When that snow is accompanied by a loss of electricity and phone service, communication becomes even more important, though now the means of communication become fewer.

The View from Mudsock Heights

Discovery doesn’t negate wisdom of thinking before you ink

One Sunday morning a few years ago, I left the house early so I could meet up in town with John Hurlbut for a drive to Lancaster, where we would go to Mass with John's parents, Ray and Lucy. I turned on the radio and listened to WLW, the big station in Cincinnati.

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.

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.

Wise Up!

Acting

By David Bruce

• Jennifer Love Hewitt acquired her middle name because when her mother, Pat, was studying speech pathology in college, her best friend was a beautiful woman named Love.

Wise Up!

Sex

By David Bruce

Kevin Jennings, the founder and executive director of the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN), was one of the United States' first gay teachers to come out of the closet. The first openly gay student he counseled said something that disturbed him very much.

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.

 
 
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