Ask Elaine: I finally got my dream job, but it’s not what I want anymore
A reader is no longer prioritizing work and would prefer to pursue passions.
Carolyn Hax: As life opens up for others, a grandparent feels more alone
An introvert with few close friends struggles with loneliness after seeing others start posting about plans and travel.
Ask Amy: I networked with him years ago. We just matched on a dating site.
Reader wonders how to handle matching on an online dating site with someone they’ve met in person before.
Miss Manners: My friend ‘does not believe in tipping’
Reader’s dear friend never tips and they want to make sure their server is taken care of at their birthday dinner.
Carolyn Hax: Is sister wrong to block all information to estranged parents?
A sister who is estranged from their controlling parents doesn’t want them to have any information about her. Is this a fair request?
Ask Amy: I can’t be there for others because I have my own problems
Reader is struggling and can’t be there for others the way they usually are.
Miss Manners: How should spouses handle fighting when they’re hosting guests
Reader wonders how to handle having a fight with their spouse in front of guests.
Carolyn Hax: Brother pushes sibling to ‘return’ foster daughter to agency
A foster parent struggles with criticism from a domineering brother and from their parents, who want the two siblings just to make up.
Ask Amy: My friend is a terrible driver who makes me nervous
A reader’s friend is a horrible driver and they can’t stand to be in the car with her anymore.
Carolyn Hax: Longtime boyfriend hides their relationship from his parents
They're approaching an agreed-on deadline for him to tell his parents they're dating. What if he misses it?
Ask Amy: I don’t want to tell my sister my dog is dying
A reader doesn’t want to tell their sister that their dog is dying but knows she will be upset if they don't tell her.
Miss Manners: My chronic back pain makes me rude to strangers
Reader’s chronic back pain and husband’s insensitivity toward it has made them resentful and rude to strangers.
Carolyn Hax: Dad dismisses teaching career as a waste of time
A high school English teacher wonders how to respond to Dad's criticism that such low-paying work is a waste of skills and time.
Miss Manners: Is this email to my co-worker rude?
Reader wants to squash a disagreement with their co-worker and needs help making their email more polite.
Ask Amy: I keep getting cut in line at work
A reader gets upset every time one of their coworkers cut the punch out line at the end of their shift.
Ask Sahaj: My mom can’t deal with emotions. How do I stop resenting her?
My mom has her own trauma she’s never dealt with.
Carolyn Hax: Parents fight grown child’s career change and relocation ‘tooth and nail’
Parents fight grown child's career change and relocation "tooth-and-nail," and blame it all on a new love interest.
Miss Manners: Can I ask patients not to take calls during visits?
A doctor wants to politely ask patients to not take phone calls during consultations.
Ask Amy: What do I say when asked about my estranged family?
A reader is happy with their decision to not speak to their family but wonders how to respond when people ask about them.
My fiance and I can’t agree on what to watch. Carolyn Hax readers give advice.
Carolyn Hax readers give advice to a letter writer who can't agree on what to watch with their fiance.