Life Advice



Ask Amy: Household needs a recycling czar

By Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

— A Grieving Mother

Dear Grieving: Thank you so much for your thoughtful and loving response to a heartbreaking problem. I hope your perspective will help other parents and family members.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (, drug overdose deaths rose from 38,329 in 2010 to 70,237 in 2017; followed by a significant decrease in 2018 to 67,367 deaths.

Addiction takes an incalculable toll on loved ones that statistics can never measure.

The wisdom of “Keep coming back…” works in so many contexts, and I thank you for sharing it.

Dear Amy: Another response to “Frustrated in the Kitchen” whose stepsons were often late (sometimes by hours) for family meals.

She should consider using a Crock-Pot or slow cooker. Then she doesn’t have to think about precisely timing her meal.


— Big Fan

Dear Fan: Many people offered cooking suggestions for this question, which wasn’t really about cooking, but about “Frustrated’s” feeling that she was always on the hook for others’ lateness.

However, I agree with you. A Crock-Pot solves everything.


(You can email Amy Dickinson at or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O. Box 194, Freeville, NY 13068. You can also follow her on Twitter @askingamy or Facebook.)





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