Life Advice



Ask Amy: Future family visit is rapid-tested

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

I recently attended a multi-day event and took a rapid test each day, before attending any events with groups of people not in my own household.

During this period, I will also take a test and wear a mask outside the home if I have cold symptoms; this is to try to protect other people not in one’s circle.

It is relatively easy to take an at-home test, and at this point in the pandemic – where a variant seems to be emerging – why refuse to do it?

You care enough to vaccinate, but this is the molehill you refuse to climb?

Your mother might be relaying this message from your brother, but he is not the only person putting her in the middle of this – you are, too.

If you have a problem with his request, perhaps you should take it up directly with him. Once he explained his reasoning, it might make more sense to you, and then you might be willing to do a very simple thing — if only for another person’s peace of mind.


Dear Amy: I met my boyfriend shortly after separating from my husband of 24 years. The marriage was good for many years, producing two sons who I love dearly. Eventually I discovered that my husband was living a double life – he's gay and had numerous homosexual affairs during our marriage. Naturally I was devastated and left the marriage.

My current boyfriend and I have been together for eight years. The last two years haven't been good. He is hot tempered, controlling, and very disrespectful.

For the last eight months, he has gone over to our next-door neighbor’s house – every single day, eight or nine times a day.

It’s become a huge problem between us. He says I’m trying to control him.


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