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A time to heal

My daughter was murdered a year ago. I am in counseling but it isn’t helping me deal with my constant, excruciating pain. I find it…

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Under a groove

When the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Pledge of Allegiance phrase “under God” unconstitutional, my mind conjured George Clinton. In the song…



My mother’s keeper

My brother believes we are responsible for interrupting the isolated life of my 67-year-old mother. His life is established. I am 32 years old, single…


Give what to God?

My mom and I had a rocky relationship in the past, but we have worked hard to get along better in the last year. Since…


Emotional litter

I saw a man in a parking lot drop a piece of trash. I repeated, “I guess you think the ground is a trash can”…


Borrower’s blues

A dear friend who has frequently invited me to borrow her clothes reprimanded me for borrowing an item with sentimental value. She explained that when…


Waiting by the phone

The other day my boyfriend, who I have lived with for almost four years, left home at 8:00 a.m. for a horseshoe tournament. When I…


The waiting game

My boyfriend’s friends have sex with different girls every week and my boyfriend feels like he is missing out. He’s 21 years old and our…


Best friend’s seen better

How much should I put up with from a best friend? Now that we live two hours apart, our seven-year friendship consists of occasional phone…


Step out of line

How do I get my husband to stop jumping every time his grown son wants something? My stepson is 150 pounds overweight. I don’t feel…


Don’t be cruel

My relationship of three months ended recently and I am confused about how I contributed to its abusive aspects. My ex said terribly hurtful things…


A penny saved

My parents want to give my wife and I the down payment for a house. My wife is thrilled, but I’m not. My parents have…


If you love yourself …

After a pretty serious relationship, my boyfriend suddenly claimed that he was confused and not ready for the commitment level I wanted. He broke up…


Old-friend blues

I am estranged from a friend that I’ve had since elementary school. Last year when I called her to help me through a devastating divorce,…


Broke my heart (and my arm)

Why do I care about losing an abuser? Our sick relationship (drinking alcohol and fighting a lot) lasted over a year. Last February, he broke…