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Ask Amy: Woman’s sexuality becomes factor in breakup

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

What people don’t realize is that when they ask, they shift the burden onto an already nerve-wracked host.

Deliver your response quickly and cheerfully. Understand, too, that some people will drop out at the last minute, and some will bring extras, anyway.

Dear Amy: “At a Loss in Colorado” shared some biographical essays, and then got angry when her friend didn’t offer comments about her writing.

While I agreed with your response, I believe you left something out: This friend might not have read the writer’s work at all.

I know I wouldn’t.

– Hesitant


Dear Hesitant: The risk of pressing your writing on someone is that they won’t like it – or even read it.


(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.)

©2022 Amy Dickinson. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.




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