Q: I recently had a friend tell me that I have become arrogant since I entered a new career in which there's a culture of snobbery and one-upping.
Q: My first love emailed me out of the blue, after 10 years, to make amends as part of his AA program.
Q: I'm going on vacation soon with my in-laws, siblings-in-laws, and their spouses. Over the last few years, I've been working on eating fewer unhealthy foods like bread and dairy, and as a result I feel much better. This has resolved many stomach issues I've dealt with.
Q: My daughter, 11, has three friends from school. One girl's parents are generous hosts. "Emma" is an only child and has a pool, fun toys, great snacks.
Q: My sister attends school overseas and lives with her boyfriend. My parents recently told me she can't make it home for the holidays this year because she's on a student budget.
Q: Many family stories were told about my dad's poor aunt, his mother's sister, who was married to an abusive man. The fact that this uncle by marriage was a wife-beater and a "violent man" is well documented both orally and in written recollections by my side of the family. My grandmother was distraught …
My husband doesn't enjoy holidays. Everything about holidays is reluctant and grudging. He will dutifully eat any holiday meal that I plan, shop for, prepare, and clean up after, but his interest goes no farther.
Q: Both of my parents are deceased, and my father remarried after my mother passed. I have not always had a great relationship with my stepmother but it has grown to one of mutual respect and understanding.