Stuck!: One reader wonders what to do about an unsupportive boss
Dear C and Dr. B; I am caught between a rock and a hard place, and not sure what to do. I teach at a middle school in Providence, and the disciplinary problems are pretty bad. Lots of my kids come from what I would charitably call “dysfunctional” families, with a history of criminal activity […]
Trust Reviews?: A recommended doctor has bad online reviews. What should be done?
Dear C and Dr. B; I needed to choose a new doctor, so I asked a friend to recommend someone. She told me she liked Dr. _____, but when I went online to read reviews of this doctor, I was a bit alarmed. Out of 20 comments I found, across multiple review sights, 17 were […]
Music as Medicine: Musical therapy provides new avenues of communication
Music predates human language – it is woven into the history of every culture and into the rites and rituals of every religion. What is less known is that one of its most ancient uses was not as a form of expression – music was also one of the earliest forms of medicine. For centuries, […]
Resolve to Change?: One reader wonders if new year’s resolutions are harmful
Dear C & Dr. B; Every year, I make resolutions for the new year, usually to lose weight and stop drinking. Every year I break the resolutions after a few weeks. Last year, I decided not to make any resolutions, and I lost 5 pounds. My alcohol consumption remained about the same, but still… Now as […]
Mom Is Making Everyone Nuts: One writer wonders how to deal with a complaint-filled family member
Dear C and Dr. B; I love my mother, but she is driving me absolutely nuts. She wants my help but then doesn’t let me help her. She also makes everything about her, even COVID – you’d think it was a personal plot against her. She complains she is lonely but then refuses to go […]
In Kind: If kindness doesn’t bring kindness, what’s the point?
Dear Dr B and C, I was raised in a Christian home and was taught that humans were made in God’s image so there is good in everyone. I was taught to be patient, loving and kind, and that this would bring out the best in others. But what I have found is that this […]
Hard Habit to Break: Is there harm in a bedtime glass of wine?
Dear C and Dr. B; I am not a problem drinker – my one glass of wine before bed was something my doctor knew about and saw no harm in. I never drank during the day and two glasses was my limit at parties. Then for some reason back in August, after I had an […]
What if the Norm Doesn’t Work?: One reader wonders if it’s her or her culture
Dear C and Dr. B; I was having a difficult time with dating and thought my own expectations were the problem … until I visited a friend living across the world, and saw how differently relationships are regarded there. They have a strong sense of family, but as far as everything else – it seems […]
Piecing it Together: Local quilter sews for the love of community
Gale Green began quilting 38 years ago when she was pregnant with her first son. She wanted to make him a baby quilt and she wanted to do it herself. Despite a full time job, Green signed up for an adult ed class at Barrington High School and began a quilt that wasn’t finished until […]
Avoiding the Maskless: One reader wonders why not everyone got the message
Dear C and Dr. B; My Thanksgiving plans were ruined by an idiot non-mask wearing coworker. When seeing clients she doesn’t wear a mask because she says that it interferes with communication and empathy. She just doesn’t get the whole “protective safety measures” thing. So what happened? She tested positive for COVID the day before […]