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'Vocal fry' drives grandma to distraction

By Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

I'm an (amateur) musician and I don't like the way very young singers emulate pop stars because it seems so reductive, but ... so WHAT?! I emulated pop stars when I was young, too.

My mother sang like Rosemary Clooney; I tried to sing like Mama Cass. They sing like Rihanna.

So yes, it is what it is. Correct this child on her use of "like," but encourage her to use her voice as a tool for empowerment, no matter how it sounds to you.

Dear Amy: My husband and I are in our 50s. He recently had knee replacement surgery.

I am very surprised that my close circle of friends has not been more supportive. A couple of them haven't even gotten in touch.

Two friends texted the day after the surgery and asked how things went, but in the week since, we have heard nothing from them. Even some family members are the same way -- sending a message on Facebook? Come on.

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Can't anyone pick up the phone and actually call and have a conversation? Can't anyone come over and visit my husband, who is laid up on the couch?

I realize it's not open-heart surgery, but texting "Let me know if you need anything" is an easy way out. I'm not going to call you and ask you to bring over dinner.

Am I expecting too much? Is this just the way things are now?

-- Wondering


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