Relationship Advice Column

Direct Answers – Marshmallow Man

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Zoey came dressed in what might as well have been lingerie, and I felt we were the only two in the bar. When we moved to another bar, she reached for my hand and...

Direct Answers – Slip Slidin’ Away

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A decade ago, I met my future wife, Nora. She was introverted and I am extroverted, so we were intrigued in learning each other’s ways. Things became physical pretty fast. We spent most of...

Direct Answers – The Me-Time

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I’m 20, my ex is 21. We’ve known each other since the fourth grade. We were always somewhat close, but we grew much closer in high school. Finally, our senior year, we realized we...

Direct Answers – Delayed Development

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What do you do when you have been with a man 21 years, and he still finds excuses for not getting married? We have two children together, and I have two by my ex-husband....

Direct Answers – Her Final Answer

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My girlfriend of two months recently broke up with me saying she didn’t have time to develop the relationship the way I deserved. She cried and said she was sad because I’ve been so...

Direct Answers – Learned Hopelessness

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Remi, last week you told us your husband left you, after only a year of marriage, because you sacrificed your marriage to an alcoholic father and brothers. It was Sunday night, and you wondered...

Direct Answers – Nightmare on Elm Street

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I just separated from my husband this weekend, and my heart literally feels torn from my inside. But I asked for it. We’ve only been married a year. We dated two years prior to...

Direct Answers – Perfect Recipe

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Sandi, last week you told us you are 31, in a male-dominated industry, and can’t find a man. You attribute this, in part, to having a pixieish build. Your girlfriends have babies and homes,...

Direct Answers – Empty Plate

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I’m a 31-year-old female, in my last year of college, and working part-time in my field. I think for the most part I’m fairly attractive, funny, and nice, but I seem to have trouble...

Direct Answers – Fumbling in The Dark

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Two years ago, I began an affair with a married man. We fell deeply in love and I truly believed I was the love of his life. His dilemma was that he had a...

Direct Answers – Empty Nest

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For the past seven years, my son, his wife and three children, have been living in a country town, with only my son working and supporting the family. The children now range in age...

Direct Answers – Charity Case

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Where do I even start? I’m 22, the oldest child, with a brother, 19, and a sister, 9. My parents have been together on and off for years. My father spent time in prison, had...
Direct Answers - Punch Drunk Love

Direct Answers – Punch Drunk Love

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I just got out of a three-year relationship with a man I thought was the love of my life. We had plans to start a family and grow old together. I'm struggling to accept...

Direct Answers – A Matter of Convenience

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I am an avid reader of your column and I need advice. I met a man from the UK a couple of years ago. He was married at the time and just had a child....

Direct Answers – Spring Cleaning

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I met my friend when we were 14 and we instantly bonded. She was funny and fun and exuded the type of confidence that made me enjoy being around her. Through the years we...