DEAR HARRIETTE: I worked on a project years ago that drove me crazy. I loved the work, but the leader of the business was impossible to deal with. I left after about seven years. They recently invited me to come back to do some work for them. I agreed because I do love the work, and a couple of my contracts for this year are fizzling out, so I ...Read more
DEAR HARRIETTE: My son's birthday and Christmas are close together. Some years, I have gone all out for both, getting him all kinds of things for his birthday and turning around to do the same for Christmas. This year, I can't afford to do that. There's a chance I could lose my job at the end of the year. There is a lot of uncertainty right now,...Read more
DEAR HARRIETTE: Now that people are going out again, my husband and I have attended a few events with friends and others. I notice that he turns on the charm big-time in front of other people, but when we are alone, he retreats to his corner of our home and rarely talks to me. The other day we were out and he was bragging about some of the work ...Read more
DEAR HARRIETTE: I have spent years being mad at my father about things that he did and said to me when I was a child. I grew up in his household, and he was harsh. He was a taskmaster, and he expected everyone in the family to do exactly what he said, or else suffer his glaring eye. I was so mad at him because I felt like he didn't love me. He ...Read more
DEAR HARRIETTE: I'm dating a man whose ex-girlfriend cannot seem to leave him alone. She follows him around and even shows up at his home unannounced while I'm there. He's had to call the police on her a few times. It's getting to the point where I'm concerned not only for his safety, but for my own. What should I do? -- Crazy Ex
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DEAR HARRIETTE: My sister is newly engaged to a man that she has been in a relationship with for several years now. They seem very happy for the most part. For my sister's birthday, we all went out to dinner and had an activity-packed day with a bunch of their other friends. I couldn't help but notice that one of her fiance's female friends was ...Read more
DEAR READERS: Happy Thanksgiving! For those of you who have been with me over the years, you know how much I love this holiday. It is that time of year when family and loved ones come together just to be together. For me, it is also the time of year when my daughter was born. Believe it or not, I started writing this column before she was born. ...Read more
DEAR HARRIETTE: Lately I've been going out by myself on weekends. It's been empowering and somewhat therapeutic for me to go out to clubs, restaurants, bars, movies, etc. by myself. I feel independent and self-sufficient knowing that I don't need anyone else to have a great time. Interestingly enough, I meet more people when I'm out alone than ...Read more
DEAR HARRIETTE: I went to a work event this past weekend that was so much fun. I didn't realize how much I miss being around people. Just having the chance to hug other people and talk to them face to face was so nice, as I work 100% remotely. I'm grateful for my job because I was unemployed before the pandemic, but I now see that I crave human ...Read more
DEAR HARRIETTE: I have a friend who is virtually a nomad. He's always traveling somewhere, hanging out in exotic locales with interesting people. I hadn't heard from him since the summer but thought nothing of it. When I called, I discovered that he was in the hospital with a medical emergency. I felt so bad that I didn't know and hadn't reached...Read more
DEAR HARRIETTE: I've had my current job for about three weeks. It isn't exactly my dream job, but I've enjoyed it so far. There is a huge chance that I'll be leaving soon for a new opportunity that just presented itself to me. At a company party, my current co-workers were telling me all about how much they like me and how much easier I've made ...Read more
DEAR HARRIETTE: I am from Los Angeles. Last year, I was in a long-distance relationship with a man from New York City. I hadn't really been to New York before I started seeing him, but I visited three times last year just to spend time with him. We broke up earlier this year, and I haven't been back since. Today I was asked to fly to New York ...Read more
DEAR HARRIETTE: I always choose a window seat on flights. I enjoy being able to rest my head by the window, and I do not like being shoulder-to-shoulder with two strangers.
I was recently on a flight on which I was seated next to a mother and her young child. The mother tapped my shoulder and politely asked me if I would switch seats with her ...Read more
DEAR HARRIETTE: Every time I see a certain friend from home, he spends the whole time together going down memory lane. This is a bit awkward since we actually see each other a few times a year. We have full lives -- or at least I do -- and I rarely reminisce about what I did in middle school, high school or college. We are well into our 50s now....Read more
DEAR HARRIETTE: I am watching my friend become a snob right before my eyes. She is earning significantly more money than she did last year, and it has turned her into a completely different person. We had favorite bars, restaurants and retail stores that we used to frequent, and now she acts like all of those places are beneath her. I am worried...Read more
DEAR HARRIETTE: I have a friend who is very judgmental. Whenever I see her, the first thing she does is size me up, pointing out things that I should fix so to appear more pulled together. Because she works in the fashion industry, I have let her remarks slide, but I am getting tired of it.
Think about it: If I am already out ready for a nice ...Read more
DEAR HARRIETTE: I have a number of health challenges that I have been dealing with for a few years. Nobody in my life really knows about them. I take my medication. I stay in touch with my doctors, but in the past year I haven't been exercising or doing the physical maintenance work that I promised to do. I'm doing OK, but I know I could be ...Read more
DEAR HARRIETTE: My 30-year-old older brother has very poor houseguest etiquette. On several occasions, he has shown up to my home uninvited and helped himself to the contents of my fridge without asking. I've hosted small parties and dinners where he will show up empty-handed and proceed to eat and drink more than anyone else.
I know that he ...Read more
DEAR HARRIETTE: I recently won a large sum of money in a lawsuit. I told only the two people closest to me: my mother and my best friend. I expressed to both of them that I wanted to keep this news a secret to protect my safety and my money. Not long after I told my best friend, I found out that she had told a mutual friend of ours about the ...Read more
DEAR HARRIETTE: I have been bickering with my husband so much recently that I decided to just stop talking to him. If I don't say anything, maybe we won't have an argument. That worked for a while, but it is not sustainable. For one, I get angry inside, and it bottles up and eventually there is an emotional explosion. Plus, I don't want to live ...Read more