Carolyn Hax / Life Advice

A Sad Sister

Dear Carolyn:

I have a long story and I need outside input. I've gone to family, friends, etc. -- no one knows what to tell me.

My older sister stopped speaking to me a year and a half ago. It all started because I asked her to come over ...

A Trip Proposal

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi, Carolyn:

My boyfriend and I are getting ready to take a trip with two other couples we know, one newlywed couple and one couple that's been dating for five years. My best friend "C" is the female ...

Haunted By The Past

Dear Carolyn:

I am a 70-year-old dating a 71-year-old widower. He divorced his first wife for infidelity, and the second marriage was not terribly happy either, though he says "at least she was faithful."

I have been divorced for over 20 ...

No Gifts Necessary

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi, Carolyn:

This is the first year my 7-year-old twins are in separate classes and each has invited 10 classmates to their joint birthday party, some of whom know the other twin. Many do not. Family ...

Gluten-Free Poser

Dear Carolyn:

I have been dating a smart, funny, interesting, handsome, caring man for eight months. I could see myself sharing a life with this guy ... except for one thing.

As far as I can tell, my boyfriend is gluten-free by choice: He has...

Just Wondering

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi, Carolyn:

Do you attach any particular significance when half of a longtime couple frequently refers to himself in the singular in situations when he shouldn't? For instance, if a friend asks what ...