Carolyn Hax / Life Advice

Angry at Painting

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

My boyfriend of six years and I broke up, and there is no chance of a reconciliation.

While we were together, his mother made a painting for me and got it framed. I can't look at it ...

Engaging the Sister

Dear Carolyn:

My wife's parents, in their mid-80s, returned to the U.S. three weeks ago after working and living in Europe, and are staying with us until their household goods arrive. My wife's sister, who lives about two miles away, has yet ...

Distance and Distancing

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

I have been in a long-distance relationship for nearly a year. About six months in, we both agreed that it was going to the marriage place (especially her). But after a series of ...

What to Do With Myself

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

My elderly mom passed away last week after a sudden illness. My father and only sibling died years ago, so now I find myself unexpectedly feeling alone. (I have other relatives, and a ...

Ready for the Altar

Hi, Carolyn:

My boyfriend and I have been dating for five years now, and it's been really great. We've spent part of college together, overcome the transition of moving to a new and exciting city, landed happy career paths, and moved into our ...

Serial Monogamist

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

I am a serial monogamist. I love having one person to go on dates with, be there for, have there for me and come home to at the end of the day. My relationships have typically not ...