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Direct Answers – Apartment Wanted, In Due Time

Apartment Wanted

Recently my boyfriend of two years said he does not want us to live together anymore. He says he’s scared for our future and misses his single life. Not that he wants to be with other women. He just misses being able to go and do things without considering anyone else. Read more

Direct Answers – Implied Permission

Implied Permission

My husband has been involved with another woman for over a year. Four months ago he said it was over, then began seeing her again. He says he loves me and our family and doesn’t want to leave, but nothing I’ve said or done is able to convince him to stop seeing her. Read more

Direct Answers – Stranger in a Strange Land

Stranger in a Strange Land

Our marriage, I thought, was a great one. So did everyone else. Then after 15 years my husband suddenly announced he wanted a divorce. Now, he says, everyone “bought into the big lie.” But I know he loved me, and I believe he still does. Read more

Direct Answers – Strange Brews

Strange Brew

I am a 34-year-old straight woman in an open marriage with a 39-year-old straight man. I have taken far more advantage of the openness of our marriage than my husband, at least until recently, and I have had a string of long-term affairs and short-term flings. Read more

Direct Answers – Double Exposure

Double Exposure

My boyfriend, 21, and I, 22, have been dating six months. We’re happy together despite the obstacles we’ve had to face. My boyfriend is the son of immigrant parents from the Middle East and his parents are extremely strict. They expect him home every weekend for church (he is Muslim) unless he gives them an...
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Direct Answers – Fade to Black

Fade To Black

My boyfriend and I had been together seven years. We spoke on the phone all the time, took vacations together and more. Then we stopped, not completely, but we didn’t speak on the phone as much or go away as often. I thought this was because of our busy schedules, but when I got...
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Direct Answers – Chutzpah


Four months ago I met my date through an online dating service. We are both divorced, in our mid-40s, with grown children in another country. On our fifth date I stayed overnight and after that, for the next three months, I stayed regularly on a Friday or Saturday night. While I was there with him, he...
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Direct Answers – Castaway


I’ll get right to the point. Lately my best friend Matt has been blowing me off left and right. I have no idea why. We used to hang out every night. Now days go by and I don’t see him. Not that he’s really doing anything. He’s usually home, and sometimes people come over and hang...
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Direct Answers – Taking on Water

Taking On Water

I have been married 23 years to someone who is controlling. His brother has been my best friend for 18 of those 23 years. I know this is totally wrong, but our relationship has become intense. (more…)...
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