Carolyn Hax

Carolyn Hax: Dinner guest hesitates to cry in front of dead friend’s spouse

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She worries about making her grieving host sad if her emotions get the better of her during the meal.

    Carolyn Hax: Pestering sister and the picky eaters strike again

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    Every visit to her home devolves into nags and upturned noses, so why do their shenanigans still bother her?

      Carolyn Hax: Bringing depression out of the shadows

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      A desire to be open about mental-health treatment is met with opposition by parents.

        Carolyn Hax: Feeling unfulfilled? Give your time to those who need it.

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        Visiting a nursing home or mentoring an at-risk child can offer perspective for people asking, ‘Is this all there is?’

          Carolyn Hax: Overprotection leaves lessons not learned

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          Sometimes, parents need to let the little darlings earn some life experience the hard way

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            Gary Lyon, of Leechburg, PA, left, and Bill Samford, of Hawley, PA., celebrate after a vote allowing Presbyterian pastors discretion in marrying same-sex couples at the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church at Cobo Hall, in Detroit, Thursday, June 19, 2014. The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted by large margins to recognize same-sex marriage as Christian in the church constitution, adding language that marriage can be the union of 'two people,' not just 'a man and a woman.' (AP Photo/The Detroit News, David Guralnick)

            A poolside broadside against church on same-sex marriage

            After the Presbyterian church vote on marriage, a churchgoer struggles with criticism of that policy.

            (FILES)This February 25, 2013 photo taken in Washington, DC, shows the splash page for the Internet social media giant Facebook.  Facebook announced August 7, 2014 it was buying California-based cybersecurity startup PrivateCore, in a move to boost defenses of its vast server network. 'I believe that PrivateCore's technology and expertise will help support Facebook's mission to help make the world more open and connected, in a secure and trusted way,' Facebook's Joe Sullivan said. 'Over time, we plan to deploy PrivateCore's technology directly into the Facebook server stack.'AFP PHOTO / Karen BLEIER KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images

            Facebook wants me to ‘friend’ my shrink. Umm, no.

            There’s something odd — and unsettling — about coming across personal photos of my therapist.

            Sick kids to benefit from Westboro Baptist’s protest of Robin Williams’s funeral

            Westboro Baptist’s protest plans for Robin Williams’s funeral help raise funds for St. Jude’s

              

            Hints From Heloise: A tip for housekeeping

            She’s said it before, but it bears repeating: Remember the hotel housekeeping staff with a tip.

            Hints From Heloise: Called to distraction

            A customer service rep sounds off on callers eating on the phone; speakerphone is also a pet peeve.

            Hints From Heloise: Can you save the bouquet?

            Drying flowers the Heloise way.

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            Animal Doctor: Caring for ferrets and other ‘exotic’ pets

            Think twice before getting a ferret; holistic veterinarians; indoor vs. outdoor cats; a miracle allergy drug?

            Animal Doctor: Not all dogs react the same to pain

            Some dogs have high thresholds; when dogs are a public nuisance; litter box aversion; food allergies.

            Animal Doctor: Potential hazards of flea and tick products

            A reader thinks a chemical in an anti-flea product turned a gentle dog into an aggressive one; gastritis in dogs.

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            Ask Amy: Nephew is a My Little Pony kind of kid

            She loves how unique her nephew is, but worries that his unconventional tastes will get him picked on.

            Ask Amy: Grandmother worries about emotional child

            Her 6-year-old granddaughter confided that she feels like crying a lot of the time, even when she’s happy.

            Ask Amy: Man should leave abusive marriage now

            At 75, it’s time for this abused man to stand up for himself and leave his controlling and violent wife.

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            Miss Manners: A simple phrase to foil insufferable snobs

            ‘How nice for you,’ repeated after each bragging claim, will get to them eventually.

            Miss Manners: When silent treatment is justified

            What the Gentle Reader is doing is administering the ‘cut direct’ with what appears to be just cause.

            Miss Manners: Shapewear for the bridesmaids?

            The mother of the bride also is supplying everyone with “a good bra.”

            Miss Manners: Big friends need big chairs

            Overweight friends have accidentally broken several sofas of the Gentle Reader’s over the years.

            Miss Manners: Let guests know when dinner will be served

            The Gentle Reader is disgruntled that so many guests arrive for dinner after the scheduled time.

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            Advice from Slate's 'Dear Prudence'

            Live discussion with Slate advice columnist Dear Prudence, a.k.a. Emily Yoffe.

            @Work Advice columnist Karla Miller (DEB LINDSEY/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

            No good way to say it

            Thoughts on deflecting—or not firing—casual insults.

              Family

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              Offer forgiveness to daughter, and save some for yourself

              Marguerite Kelly advises a mom who is devastated by her daughter’s wish to cut her out of her life.

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              The best 10 minutes in all of parenthood

              Reinvigorating the routine with a little undivided attention.

              Hadley Hooper

              How to get the baby to sleep longer

              Marguerite Kelly advises this parent how to help an infant sleep longer.

              Meghan Leahy

              On Parenting: Meghan Leahy and Amy Joyce take questions about parenting

              Meghan Leahy, a parenting coach with Positively Parenting, will join Amy Joyce to talk about parenting children of all ages.

              Crying girl.

              How to handle a tot with tantrums? Meghan Leahy advises.

              This almost-2-year-old is having heavy-duty tantrums. How can a parent cope? Meghan Leahy advises.

              On Parenting: Meghan Leahy and Amy Joyce took questions about parenting

              Meghan Leahy, a parenting coach with Positively Parenting, will join Amy Joyce to talk about parenting children of all ages.

              On Parenting: Meghan Leahy and Amy Joyce took questions about parenting

              Meghan Leahy, a parenting coach with Positively Parenting, will join Amy Joyce to talk about parenting children of all ages.

              On Parenting: Meghan Leahy and Amy Joyce take questions about parenting

              Meghan Leahy, a parenting coach with Positively Parenting, will join Amy Joyce to talk about parenting children of all ages.

              Date Lab

              Andres and Veronica

              Date Lab: Roses and gummy bears

              But sometimes flowers and sweets can go only so far.

              They talked about wills on their first date.

              Metro mishaps, monument visits and lawyer talk: This was a very D.C. date.

              Micahel and Karen

              Will these fit foodies find Date Lab fulfillment?

              They have a lot in common, but chemistry could be the missing element.

              Brandon and Jen

              The second time is not a charm

              A repeat Date Lab customer gets another try - 8 years later - but the result is the same

              Tony and Hope

              With this couple you can almost feel the good vibe

              A shared interest in travel, food and family bodes well for a winning date.

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