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Ask Amy: Faulty corrections call out for correcting

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

And you are the one who must smile and nod at your cousin’s wife when she swears up and down that the Yalta Conference took place in the spring of 1944, not the winter of ’45.

In short, in the words of the immortal bard, “Elsa,” you must simply “Let it go.”

No good can come from arguing with the woman.

You’ve laid down your blue pencil. Your job is done. You don’t see a podiatrist examining every foot at a family christening, do you? No, you do not.

When your cousin’s wife starts up, go for another cheese ball, or hum “White Christmas.”

Pad over to the window and watch the snow fall, secure in the fact that you have single-handedly averted a family donnybrook.


Breathe, dear Corrected, and smile. The FOFEWMTSC is with you in spirit. Be secure in the knowledge that you have survived Christmas ... correctly.”

Dear Amy: Many people (myself, included), have anguished over how to respond to those facing cancer.

I am now facing cancer, myself.

I understand and appreciate receiving positive vibes, prayers, “…You’ve got this,” etc. from friends, family and medical professionals.


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