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Ask Amy: Relationship’s in trouble if values don’t align

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

A good Auntie lets the parents chart their own course – even if she disagrees with it – keeps her mouth shut (unless the child is in physical danger) and loves her nieces and nephews without harsh judgment – just as they are.

Dear Amy: I am glad you suggested that “Teacher in a Quandary” make an effort to find the owner of a collection left in her classroom many years ago.

I liked your suggestion that she post a photo of one item to test true ownership. She should contact a local librarian to get help with this. It might save her time and energy if she's not experienced with social media.

– Love a Mystery

Dear Mystery: Great suggestion!



(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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