Ask Amy: She’s not a Bridezilla, but might be a Friendzilla

Ask Amy: She’s not a Bridezilla, but might be a Friendzilla

Ask Amy: She’s not a Bridezilla, but might be a Friendzilla Dear Amy: In March of 2020, right before the pandemic hit, I got married. I was considered a Bridezilla (I disagree); I was just very set on planning my own wedding with my husband, …..

Ask Amy: Baby’s mama worries she won’t find Mr. Right

Ask Amy: Baby’s mama worries she won’t find Mr. Right

Ask Amy: Baby’s mama worries she won’t find Mr. Right Dear Amy: I am a 35-year-old woman. I had my first child with my boyfriend eight months ago. We were not planning on having a child together (we had only been casually dating for three …..

Ask Amy: A house-sitting friend turns alpaca into felt

Ask Amy: A house-sitting friend turns alpaca into felt

Ask Amy: A house-sitting friend turns alpaca into felt Dear Amy: A friend recently returned from abroad. He is struggling to find a full-time job, so we let him stay at our place for a month and a half (rent-free) while we were away. We …..

Ask Amy: Poorly placed tattoo causes grief

Ask Amy: Poorly placed tattoo causes grief

Ask Amy: Poorly placed tattoo causes grief Dear Amy: I am a 47-year-old woman. My husband, “Bart,” (age 50) and I have been together for eight years. Bart is a firefighter in a large city. Bart has several tattoos on this left arm (a “sleeve”). …..

Ask Amy: Reader worries about post-pandemic relating

Ask Amy: Reader worries about post-pandemic relating

Ask Amy: Reader worries about post-pandemic relating Dear Amy: I am feeling anxious about a return to pre-pandemic normality and am hoping you can help me find effective ways of navigating. My anxiety is not about health precautions like mask wearing, which I believe you …..

Ask Amy: Wife wants husband to stop being a nosy parker

Ask Amy: Wife wants husband to stop being a nosy parker

Ask Amy: Wife wants husband to stop being a nosy parker Dear Amy: My husband is taking a company “buyout” this summer, thus retiring from his job. The concern I have is that he is nosy! He has done things in the past that have …..

Ask Amy: First cousin is now once-removed

Ask Amy: First cousin is now once-removed

Ask Amy: First cousin is now once-removed Dear Amy: A few years ago my cousin was absolutely entrenched in doing my father’s side of the family’s ancestral history (our fathers were brothers). He even went to our paternal grandfather’s native country in Europe to continue …..

Ask Amy: Faux “wedding” is a real gamble

Ask Amy: Faux “wedding” is a real gamble

Ask Amy: Faux “wedding” is a real gamble Dear Amy: My oldest daughter (age 26) is engaged to be “married.” After postponing the “wedding” due to COVID, they have picked a new date. In a casual conversation with my other daughter (age 24), I learned …..

Ask Amy: A family secret threatens to implode

Ask Amy: A family secret threatens to implode

Ask Amy: A family secret threatens to implode Dear Amy: My wife’s brother recently died. A couple of weeks after the funeral, his daughter (our niece) received a letter from a half-brother that she was unaware of. The letter was addressed to her recently deceased …..

Ask Amy: DNA discoveries bring forward tough truths

Ask Amy: DNA discoveries bring forward tough truths

Ask Amy: DNA discoveries bring forward tough truths Dear Amy: My husband and I recently had our DNA tested. We knew people can uncover unexpected relationships, but I wish we had thought about how to cope with this before we took our tests. Amy, both …..

Ask Amy: Child-averse couple faces kid kryptonite

Ask Amy: Child-averse couple faces kid kryptonite

Ask Amy: Child-averse couple faces kid kryptonite Dear Amy: I’m a woman in my mid-30s. My husband and I are indecisive about having kids. I’m not much of a “kid person.” He is definitely better with kids than I am. I got along with school-age …..

Ask Amy: New grandmother pushes family’s boundaries

Ask Amy: New grandmother pushes family’s boundaries

Ask Amy: New grandmother pushes family’s boundaries Dear Amy: My husband and I recently welcomed our first child. On my side of the extended family, our baby son (“Samuel”) is the fifth grandchild, but on my husband’s side, he is the first. I am trying …..

Ask Amy: BFF friendship might have run its course

Ask Amy: BFF friendship might have run its course

Ask Amy: BFF friendship might have run its course Dear Amy: I have had a close friend for 16 years. We worked together, and she and I both went through nasty divorces, which was a bonding experience. We have sons similar in age. We both …..

Ask Amy: My fiance’s incessant talking causes problems

Ask Amy: My fiance’s incessant talking causes problems

Ask Amy: My fiance’s incessant talking causes problems Dear Amy: My fiancé, “Albert,” talks nonstop. He will talk about any and every subject, regardless of the situation or the audience. He doesn’t care if anyone is interested in what he is saying. He will tell …..

Ask Amy: Sexting inspires unkind comparisons

Ask Amy: Sexting inspires unkind comparisons

Ask Amy: Sexting inspires unkind comparisons Dear Amy: My wife’s best friend recently went through a period where she was unhappy in her marriage. She began sexting with willing male partners and then sharing some of the pictures she had received with my wife. I …..

Ask Amy: Brothers don’t honor brotherly bond

Ask Amy: Brothers don’t honor brotherly bond

Ask Amy: Brothers don’t honor brotherly bond Dear Amy: My brother and I were very close growing up. We maintained a good relationship into our 20s. Lately our relationship has become strained. For his last two birthdays, I have generously treated him to fun and …..

Ask Amy: Sibling rivalry buffets sib in the middle

Ask Amy: Sibling rivalry buffets sib in the middle

Ask Amy: Sibling rivalry buffets sib in the middle Dear Amy: My brother and sister live very close to one another in our hometown. Until recently, I lived in another state — 2,000 miles away. As siblings, we’ve always been very close. I recently lost …..

Ask Amy: Wife’s hoarding may bury the family

Ask Amy: Wife’s hoarding may bury the family

Ask Amy: Wife’s hoarding may bury the family Dear Amy: My wife doesn’t discard anything! As a result of her habits, our home is totally overfilled with stuff of all sorts. All the closets are filled to overflowing, with clothing lying on top of everything …..

Ask Amy: Funeral mix-up creates family break

Ask Amy: Funeral mix-up creates family break

Ask Amy: Funeral mix-up creates family break Dear Amy: My father passed away recently, and I was responsible for planning the funeral, during COVID. In order to minimize everyone’s risk, we chose to hold a church service and a graveside service. Due to a mix-up …..

Ask Amy: One brother gets the samovar, the other – bupkis

Ask Amy: One brother gets the samovar, the other – bupkis

Ask Amy: One brother gets the samovar, the other – bupkis Dear Amy: I need some help countering favoritism in my in-law family. My mother-in-law has been handing nice antiques to my husband’s younger brother, while at the same time giving my husband broken trinket …..

Ask Amy: Friendship fracture breaks up the band

Ask Amy: Friendship fracture breaks up the band

Ask Amy: Friendship fracture breaks up the band Dear Amy: The four of us — “Paul, George, Ringo and John” — have been friends since 1980, our freshman year in college. I’ve known George since second grade. Through the years we’ve aged, married, three of …..

Ask Amy: Former stoner struggles with sobriety

Ask Amy: Former stoner struggles with sobriety

Ask Amy: Former stoner struggles with sobriety Dear Amy: I am a 27-year-old guy. For the better part of 10 years, I have smoked weed several times a day — every day. I don’t get goofy when I smoke, I actually become focused and am …..

Ask Amy: Wife’s risky behavior escalates

Ask Amy: Wife’s risky behavior escalates

Ask Amy: Wife’s risky behavior escalates Dear Amy: I’m a 31-year-old husband with a beautiful wife and two amazing little girls. My wife and I have been married for six years. Two years ago, my wife reached out to an old flame and engaged in …..

Ask Amy: Canine-centered wedding might go to the dogs

Ask Amy: Canine-centered wedding might go to the dogs

Ask Amy: Canine-centered wedding might go to the dogs Dear Readers: Every year during this time I step away from my column to work on other creative projects. I hope you enjoy these “Best Of” Q&A from 10 years ago. Today’s topic is: “Dog Gone.” …..

Ask Amy: Stories of secret-keeping from the vault

Ask Amy: Stories of secret-keeping from the vault

Ask Amy: Stories of secret-keeping from the vault Dear Readers: I hope you enjoy these “Best Of” Q&A from 10 years ago. Today’s topic is: “Keeping Secrets.” I also invite readers to subscribe to my weekly “Asking Amy” newsletter, at Amydickinson.substack.com. I’ll be back with …..

Ask Amy: Nightmare bosses bust through boundaries

Ask Amy: Nightmare bosses bust through boundaries

Ask Amy: Nightmare bosses bust through boundaries Dear Readers: Every year during this time I step away from my column to work on other creative projects. I hope you enjoy these “Best Of” Q&A from 10 years ago, which I’ve retrieved from my advice-vault. Today’s …..

Ask Amy: Virtual dating creates actual problems

Ask Amy: Virtual dating creates actual problems

Ask Amy: Virtual dating creates actual problems Dear Readers: Every year I step away from my column to work on other creative projects. I hope you enjoy these “Best Of” Q&A from 10 years ago. Today’s topic is: Digital Dating. I also invite readers to …..

Ask Amy: Germ risks also contaminate relationships

Ask Amy: Germ risks also contaminate relationships

Ask Amy: Germ risks also contaminate relationships Dear Readers: Every year during this time I step away from my column to work on other creative projects. I hope you enjoy these “Best Of” Q&A from 10 years ago. Today’s topic is: “Germ Donors!” I also …..

Ask Amy: Couple’s problems will be baked in

Ask Amy: Couple’s problems will be baked in

Ask Amy: Couple’s problems will be baked in Dear Readers: Every year during this time I step away from my column to work on other creative projects. I hope you enjoy these “Best Of” Q&A from 10 years ago. Today’s topic is: “Homeworking.” I also …..

Ask Amy: Facebook forces friendship fractures

Ask Amy: Facebook forces friendship fractures

Ask Amy: Facebook forces friendship fractures Dear Readers: Every year during this time I step away from my column to work on other creative projects. I hope you enjoy these “Best Of” Q&A from 10 years ago. Today’s topic is: “Friending.” I also invite readers …..

Ask Amy: Facebook posts create relationship problems

Ask Amy: Facebook posts create relationship problems

Ask Amy: Facebook posts create relationship problems Dear Readers: Every year during this time I step away from my column to work on other creative projects. I hope you enjoy these (edited) “Best Of” Q&As from 10 years ago. Today’s topic is: Unsocial media. I …..

Ask Amy: Elaborate birthday bash disappoints host

Ask Amy: Elaborate birthday bash disappoints host

Ask Amy: Elaborate birthday bash disappoints host Dear Readers: Every year during this time I step away from my column to work on other creative projects. I hope you enjoy these (edited) “Best Of” Q&As from 10 years ago. Today’s topic is: Birthday bashes. I …..

Ask Amy: Teen forces gay friend out of the closet

Ask Amy: Teen forces gay friend out of the closet

Ask Amy: Teen forces gay friend out of the closet Dear Readers: Every year during this time I step away from my column to work on other creative projects. I hope you enjoy these (edited) “Best Of” Q&As from 10 years ago. Today’s topic is: …..

Ask Amy: Girlfriend doesn’t want to hang with the nudes

Ask Amy: Girlfriend doesn’t want to hang with the nudes

Ask Amy: Girlfriend doesn’t want to hang with the nudes Dear Readers: Every year during this time I step away from my column to work on other creative projects. I hope you enjoy these (edited) “Best Of” Q&As from 10 years ago. Today’s topic is: …..