The PC Act: One reader wonders if people are hiding their ignorance
Dear C and Dr. B; Here is something that really bothers me – dealing with a person who is so deliberately PC that I just know it’s an act they are putting on. Like – when someone is nice to your face, but behind your back, they are messing with you. I’m talking about people […]
Has the World Gone Insane?: One reader is still looking for a great awakening
Dear C and Dr. B; The events of the last few weeks have me shaken. Watching the POTUS being flown to Walter Reed with COVID has to be a moment of awakening for the thousands of people who were following his cue to ditch the masks. But it seems like so many people will just […]
Stand-Up Woman: One reader keeps getting stood up by women friends. What gives?
Dear C and Dr. B; I know that most women complain about how guys are inconsiderate and insensitive and never call, but I have a complaint of my own – whenever I have had plans to meet somewhere, for coffee, or to take a walk or something, it has been women who have blown me […]
Pandemic Fatigue: One writer finds herself lost in a fog
Dear C and Dr. B; When the pandemic began and we were all in lockdown, I had a list of things I wanted to accomplish – cleaning out the front porch, reading, learning Spanish … everything I couldn’t deal with because of general lack of time. But as the pandemic wears on, I find myself […]
A Helping Hand: When thoughts turn dark
Dear C and Dr. B; Since the start of the pandemic, I’ve been having a hard time keeping it together. Knowing that nearly everyone is suffering hardships makes it easier to get through. But as the situation wears on, my sense of connection to the world feels like it’s slipping. With no idea what the […]
Medicate to the Fast Track?: A reader wonders if that high-powered job is right for her
Dear C and Dr. B; I used to work in a corporate position that involved managing many people. The job left me stressed out and I had a hard time keeping up. I got depressed, anxious and sought professional help on the urging of my parents and family. I was placed on Adderall and everything […]
Antidepressant Anxiety: One reader wonders if medications are prescribed properly
Dear C and Dr. B, Twenty-five years ago my marriage crashed and burned, leaving me in a deep state of depression. A therapist put me in contact with a psychiatrist who, after trying a few medications and tweaking dosages, prescribed 50mg a day of Zoloft. My PCP (primary care doctor) continued to prescribe Zoloft over […]
Conspiracy Curt: One writer’s husband is following QAnon — what should she do?
Dear C and Dr. B; I am becoming concerned. My husband, who is an otherwise sane man, is beginning to follow QAnon and spend a lot of time on the internet following their posts on social media. How does an internet-driven conspiracy theory like that get attention and followers? It is seriously crazy stuff. For […]
Homegrown Art: Creativity abounds in this gallery and nursery mash-up
Homegrown is an unexpected oasis on Providence’s East Side. Inside this unassuming building on Gano Street you’ll find airy, white-walled rooms, fragrant with greenery. An elegantly limned hummingbird and vine mural by artist Mary Linberg hovers on the wall above a display table lined with exotic plants and bonzai pots created by artist Paul Olson. […]
Feeling Guilty: She had a bad relationship with her mom; how should she move on?
Dear C and Dr. B; I lost my mom as a teen and it’s still bothering me. But it’s not because I miss her so much, or because we had such a good relationship – it’s more because we didn’t. I was really awful when I was a teenager and I feel really crappy about […]