Life Advice



Boyfriend's Ex Ignores Boundaries

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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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Fiance's Affectionate Friend Causes Concern

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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

Choose To See The Best In Others This Thanksgiving

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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

Independent Spirit Seeks Safety Tips

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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

Remote Worker Misses Human Contact

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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

Ill Friend Does Not Want Visitors

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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

New Employee Wants To Stay Friends After Leaving Job

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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

Employee Unexcited To Travel To Ex's City For Work

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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

Passenger Refuses Stranger's Request To Switch Seats

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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

Old Friend Can't Stop Living In The Past

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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

After Receiving Raise, Friend Becomes A Snob

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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

Fashionable Friend Constantly Criticizes Clothing

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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

Patient Considers Postponing Doctor's Appointment

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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

Grown Brother Has Poor Manners As A Houseguest

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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

Best Friend Fails To Keep Important Secret

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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

Married Couple Can't Stop Fighting

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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

Bystander Scandalized By Woman Nursing In Public

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DEAR HARRIETTE: I went to homecoming at my alma mater last weekend, and it was fantastic. There were so many people there. People of all ages and backgrounds had gathered to have a good time at the school that they love so much. As I was sitting on the steps of one of the buildings eating a sandwich, I noticed a young family: a mother, father, ...Read more

Guests Turn Party Into Sales Opportunity

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DEAR HARRIETTE: I went to a party recently, and toward the end of the evening, I noticed several people become overtly opportunistic. This one guy, whom I had never even seen before, started asking a million questions, and before I could even answer them, he was pushing me to hire him to leverage my business. His claim was about how great he was...Read more

Woman Won't Stop Pressuring Friend To Get Surgeries

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DEAR HARRIETTE: I have a friend who is physically fit -- times 10. She is in her 60s but looks 20 years younger. She recently decided to get a tummy tuck and some other surgeries to tighten up her body. She went out of the country to do it and is super pleased with the results. I'm happy for her, but now she is pushing me to do it, too.

I am ...Read more

Grown Child Tired Of Hostility From Stepmother

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DEAR HARRIETTE: My elderly father was very sick a little while ago, but he has since made what seems to be a full recovery. During the time when his health seemed to be taking a turn for the worse, he spent a total of three weeks between the hospital and my home. It was hard for him, and for a little while we thought he might not make it out of ...Read more



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