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Ask Amy: New dater wants timely, textured texts

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

– BC

Dear BC: I agree that this is strange.

Also strange is your reluctance to mention this to your sister. I would focus on the thing she does (send a card), versus the thing she doesn’t do (send gifts).

Try: “This year, would you mind sending a card to each of the kids on their birthday? (A reminder, their birthdays are on the 10th and 20th.) They’re still young and enjoy getting mail from you!”

Dear Amy: I feel you really missed the mark for “Sad and Alone,” who was grieving and asking for advice on how to get through Christmas.

Why didn’t you suggest that he volunteer on Christmas Day?

Helping others is the best way to help yourself!


– Disappointed

Dear Disappointed: I completely agree. Thank you.


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