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  1. Tell Me About It: Couple should ignore childish rumor


    Q: What are your thoughts on wedding gifts when not invited to the wedding? A family member had a destination wedding six months ago. We were told they weren't having any guests but later learned several couple-friends of theirs accompanied them. They spent nearly eight months doing extensive renovations to their …

  2. Tell Me About It: Boyfriend's hypocrisy is cause for outrage


    Q: I have been with my boyfriend for almost a year, and in many ways he is the best guy I've ever been with, but there is one recurring issue we've had. To make a long story short, we work for the same organization but different offices. We met during a three-day work trip and hooked up after spending a night at …

  3. Tell Me About It: Stepmom wages war with political e-mails



    Q: My father's wife sends several political emails a day to her bcc'd distribution list. I'm on that list. She knows we are not like-minded politically, and I told her I do not discuss politics the first time she brought the subject up.

  4. 'Mama Tribe' creates bonds beyond mommy wars


    The mamas gather together, infants on hip and toddlers underfoot, but this is not a play date.

    hillswhitman032417: Mama Tribe founder Dora Smyka with her son Orion at the park. Photo special to the Times by Danielle Lhotka.
  5. Tell Me About It: Wife debates forgiving cheating husband


    Q: Can you ever really trust a husband who cheated on you? He confessed — I didn't "catch" him — and he'd already ended the affair. He says all the right things, blocked the other woman's numbers, called her in front of me to tell her he made a horrible mistake and wouldn't respond to any contact from …

  6. Tell Me About It: Emotionally abused friend needs support


    Q: My best friend is getting married in about five months to her boyfriend of six years, a very manipulative and emotionally abusive man. I've tried to talk to her multiple times, but I just don't think I've done it in the right way because she always defends him and says I don't understand and it's not that bad. …

  7. Tell Me About It: Mentally ill sister is in a downward spiral


    Q: My adult sister, 3,000 miles away, has been diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder. She hears voices that constantly harass her, and believes they belong to a former boss and/or the mafia. She was in counseling and on medication for a while, but didn't like the side effects.

  8. Tell Me About It: Friends struggle to reach lost member


    Q: We have a friend, "Allen," who has recently lost touch with us and who we believe is being manipulated and emotionally abused by his significant other. Over the course of their relationship, his now-wife has joined herself to Allen's hip in that he can't make plans with others that don't include her; occupies …