Life Advice



Ask Amy: Wife isn’t proving to be a good roommate

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Ava recently came home from an overnight visit with my folks and told me that my mother suggested that she should shave her legs.

This issue goes into one area where my mother errs: She has a habit of giving advice about bodies, clothes and grooming. She once cut my daughter’s hair without permission from either of us.

I had to accept this when I was a child, but I don’t like it now.

What do you think I should do?

– Mother

Dear Mother: First, you should talk to your daughter. Emphasize that her body hair belongs to her, and that nobody has the right to tell her what to do with it.

Then you should talk to your mother. Emphasize that “Ava’s” body hair belongs to her, etc.

Rinse and repeat whenever necessary.

Dear Amy: “Cat Lover and Friend” worried that her friend’s cats roamed freely outdoors in an area with predators, and that now one cat was missing.


Mine roam outdoors, and if they become prey, so be it.

Yes, “indoor” cats may live longer, but with being stuck inside all the time – is that really living?

– Cat Lover

Dear Cat Lover: There is a middle ground, where cats can be outside part of the time and brought in at night.


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