Q: I'm a lonely widower who would like to find the same sense of companionship I had when I was married. I found a lovely woman six months ago who I think would be a wonderful partner.
While I'm thinking about our possibility to marry in the future, I'm not sure she's on the same page. She doesn't seem as interested in me as I am in her. We ...Read more
Q: A couple of years ago, I met a widowed lady. She has become a good friend, but no romantically speaking. I believe she is afraid to make another commitment, as she and her husband had their problems but chose not to divorce because of breaking up their family.
We enjoy each other's company on a regular basis and thus far have not had any ...Read more
Q: No one can out-depress my new neighbor! I have learned not to ask her how she is. She spends at least 30 minutes giving me details of why she is depressed.
When she moved in, I invited her for dinner, took her shopping and even agreed to pick up her meds for her. She has never thanked me. Now I try to hide from her because she upsets me so ...Read more
Q: I've always been very influenced by other people. Even though I find it easy to be happy and upbeat when things are good, I find my mood plunging whenever things start to go wrong.
How can I keep my mood up when things go wrong?
A: Get to know yourself a little better. People with a strong sense of self are less affected by outside ...Read more
Q: My wife and I looked forward to retirement for a long time. I devoted most of my time to a demanding job and am now taking my time and enjoying life. We made enough money to live comfortably for a long time to come.
We have no serious debts, and our mortgage is almost paid off. But you wouldn't know our financial situation based on my wife's...Read more
Q: My wife and I were unhappy together for at least the last 15 years of our marriage. We recognized that our relationship wasn't going to get any better, so we bit the bullet and filed for divorce. It went about as smoothly as possible and is now finalized. We still love each other but weren't good partners.
Now that I'm single, I'm ready to ...Read more
Q: My mom has been on her own since my dad passed away about a decade ago. She dealt with it reasonably well and even dated for a while.
Now she's not doing so well. She's sad all the time and has retreated from her regular activities. Our family is pretty sure she's depressed.
What are the best ways to address this? Is it natural, or can we ...Read more