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 […]
FaceOffbook: A family argues about social media
Dear C and Dr. B; This really makes me angry. I use Facebook to keep in touch with friends and family and a large part of that is posting photos. My wife and daughter think Facebook is “icky” and “a violation of personal privacy” although they both use other forms of social media, like Instagram. […]
Just Smile!: Should she call out her sexist board member?
Dear C and Dr. B; I am really mad, but don’t know what to do or say. Last night during a 12- person zoom meeting of nine men and three women, the head of the board I am on kept asking the women to smile. He didn’t do this to the men. I didn’t want […]
United We Bargain, Divided We Beg: Zach Horn’s latest exhibit is inspired by union ideals
The Unions have been a part of Zach Horn’s life since childhood – his father was the president of the Cheltenham Educators’ Association, and his grandmother Bernice helped organize the Philadelphia public school teachers back in the early ’60s, joining a picket line and even spending a night in jail. “She taught me to see […]
Punch and Judy: Are her parents providing a good relationship model?
Dear C and Dr. B; Are my parents insane? My dad is always telling my mom (who babbles on a lot) to shut up. She will have some snippy come back like “nice manners, fatso!” He also has a habit of holding his hand up to her when she talks, in a dismissive gesture. For […]
Setting Boundaries: Is her friend trainable? Or is it time to run?
Dear C and Dr. B; Jim and I became friends six years ago, when I was three weeks from a deadline and my partner on the project ended up in major surgery. With nowhere else to turn, I asked Jim for help and he bailed me out. We became BFFs after that because he really […]
Behind Closed Doors: Did COVID take their relationship off the rocks?
Dear C and Dr. B; Before the pandemic, my boyfriend and I were about to call it quits. When COVID hit, we put our break-up on hold. During this time, because an easy exit wasn’t possible, we started finding other ways to solve the differences we’d been having. For instance, when either of us got super […]