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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ask the Advice Goddess 8-14-14

A close friend has a drinking problem. His wife kicked him out, he lost his job, and he's been a lousy father to their 1-year-old son. He begged to stay with me (his only single friend) and has been sleeping on my couch for months.

Ask the Advice Goddess

Ask the Advice Goddess

by Amy Alkon

My girlfriend and I are mostly happy together, but we have this ongoing fight where she accuses me of wanting to cheat whenever I so much as glance at a woman she perceives to be my "type" (any woman roughly her age and ethnicity).

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Ask the Advice Goddess 7-24-14

by Amy Alkon

My boyfriend of two years got an early birthday present from his sister and her husband: a really expensive, second-row ticket for a major sporting event next year. The trouble is, it falls on my 30th birthday (a Saturday).

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Ask the Advice Goddess

by Amy Alkon

I'm a 54-year-old single man. I've discovered a troubling and apparently rampant trend among people around my age doing online dating - women not being honest about their age.

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Ask the Advice Goddess 7-3-14

by Amy Alkon

A friend asked me to be a groomsman in his wedding. It's being held hours away, and the only hotel is pricey. With tux rental, attending will cost me over $500. I'll also have to miss work. (I'm a waiter.)

Ask the Advice Goddess

Ask the Advice Goddess

by Amy Alkon

I am a single 58-year-old woman with a one-year subscription to eHarmony. In the six months I've been on, only two men have contacted me. Of the dozen men I've reached out to, only one responded, and nothing came of it.

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

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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.

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.

Help Me, Harlan!

Nice guys who go on lots of dates are hot

By Harlan Cohen

Hey Harlan: I recently took a girl out on a date and we were hitting it off. She pointed out to me that she would be more interested in dating a bad guy because she believes that she can fix a bad boy.

The View from Mudsock Heights

Amazing musical history from the grooveyard of old faves

by Dennis Powell

Gather round, children, for a history lesson. Those of you who are old like me may sit in the outside circle, in your rocking chairs – be sure to mind the cat lest its tail get rocked upon and mayhem ensue.

The View from Mudsock Heights

May I tell you about my best friend ever?

by Dennis Powell

Let me tell you about my friend Marjorie Thompson, a singer and songwriter of great insight and talent, and a fine finger-style guitarist and guitar teacher.

The View from Mudsock Heights

The six-pointed star that separates good bigotry from bad

by Dennis Powell

Bigotry is a bad, very bad, unforgivable thing. Except, of course, when it isn't. It is, for instance, perfectly acceptable to criticize someone for acting like a white man. Not so much to criticize someone for acting like a black man.

The View from Mudsock Heights

You take a morning walk, and see a pattern interrupted

by Dennis Powell

Mark Twain once turned down the offer of a regular column in, I believe, The Atlantic, saying that within a year it would burn him out.

The View from Mudsock Heights

The lessons learned from weeding the tomato patch

by Dennis Powell

The other day I had an epiphany. Perhaps it would be good for me first to explain the term as I use it. A few decades ago, when I was supposed to be editing a newscast but instead was, typically, daydreaming, I was struck (yes, had an epiphany!) with a good definition of the word "epiphany."

The View from Mudsock Heights

Years later, Big Run Bridge gets cut up and carted away

by Dennis Powell

Around here, in this economy, one had to look twice. But yes, it seemed legitimate. Ah, I'm getting ahead of myself. As has been noted here previously (well, actually, a few times previously)

The View from Mudsock Heights

Auto-body repair futures are deerish for rest of the year

by Dennis Powell

Over the decades I've done some business reporting, including a few years a long time ago when I covered business to the exclusion of much else. One thing I learned is that it's a very bad idea to make predictions.

The View from Mudsock Heights

Is this the (further) fulfillment of an Old Testament prophesy?

by Dennis Powell

We've probably all encountered persons who seek to impress upon us how it is that Holy Scripture makes obvious – it is always obvious, though oddly only to them – some off-the-wall notion. And we have all probably expressed (at least internally, until we can formulate a strategy for ending the conversation) a degree of skepticism.

The View from Mudsock Heights

Widespread violation of a law doesn’t mean it’s useless

by Dennis Powell

Do you suppose that most drivers at least occasionally exceed the speed limit? I bet they do. Some do it pretty consistently.

The View from Mudsock Heights

The events that began 100 years ago shaped our world today

by Dennis Powell

Chances are I wouldn't have watched Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III even if it hadn't been overdubbed in Arabic, and I certainly didn't watch the Egyptian soap operas that followed. But one could not change the channel on the screen at the front of the business section in a Kuwait Airways 747 in 1993.

Wise Up!

Competition

By David Bruce

The 1,049-mile-long Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska is taken seriously. During and after the race the urine of the sled dogs used in the race is tested to make sure the dogs have not been given any performance-enhancing drugs.

Wise Up!

Music

By David Bruce

• Country music star Taylor Swift believes in hugging: “I’ve always been a hugger. If we all hugged more, the world would be a better place.”

Wise Up!

Baseball/Softball

By David Bruce

Willie Mays was a great, but often modest, baseball player. When he was called up from the minor leagues to the major leagues, he protested that he wasn't ready yet. When the baseball official asked what he was batting, Mr. Mays replied, ".477."

Wise Up!

Names

By David Bruce

Gore Vidal's name is a Russian phrase that, literally translated, means, "He has seen grief." However, author/critic Jonathan Raban asked his Russian housekeeper about it and discovered that it has a stronger meaning than you may suppose.

Wise Up!

Death

By David Bruce

Comedian Jackie Gleason grew up poor. When his mother died, it looked as if she would be buried in a potter's field due to lack of money for a proper funeral. Fortunately, her fellow workers at the BMT - she worked in the subway as a token clerk - took up a collection and came up with enough money so that she could receive a proper funeral.

Wise Up!

Violence against women

By David Bruce

In the summer of 2014, Jasmine Jafferali was busy with her cell phone as she walked west along Van Buren Street in the West Loop of Chicago, Illinois, going to a workout when a man - who she thought looked deranged - accosted her.

Wise Up!

Theater

By David Bruce

Actor Douglas Fairbanks enjoyed telling this story about a chaplain taking part in an amateur theatrical production in England.

Wise Up!

Work

Sidney Weinberg, who was born in 1891, started at Goldman Sachs as an assistant to the janitor, then worked his way up to senior partner. He sat on the boards of directors of many companies, and he attended many, many meetings.

Wise Up!

Clothing

By David Bruce

When Zen master Seisetsu was a boy studying at a temple, he was asked to rub the back of a samurai warrior who had traveled a long way.

Wise Up!

Taxis

By David Bruce

In 2005, Thierry Bellisha, a Jewish jeweler in Montreal, Canada, left a suitcase full of $1 million worth of bridal jewelry in the trunk of a taxi cab driven by Hossam Abdalla, a Muslim who emigrated from Egypt to the United States in the late 1990s, at La Guardia Airport in New York. What happened?

 
 
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