Advice from the Trenches: Poison Control
Dear C and Dr. B, My wife had reserved some books at our local library for a workshop she was teaching at an after school program. She ran out of time doing prep for the workshop and asked me to pick up the books for her while she continued packing up materials. I drove to the […]
Slow Your Roll: One reader wants to know if marijuana is a help or hindrance
Dear C and Dr. B; I see people all around me who have various habits, all of which could be considered problem vices in a certain light. For instance, marijuana. But some people seem to be able to use it responsibly. I’ve known many adults who manage to hold jobs, raise kids, and drive their […]
Is it Depression or Is Life Hard?: One reader wonders if her antidepressants are necessary anymore
Dear C and Dr. B; I am 61 and have been on antidepressants over 20 years. I am doing well and feel fine these days, but does depression ever really go away? I mean on its own? I ask because my mother was depressed when I was a kid and there were no antidepressants back […]
Quarter Life Crisis: The rug was pulled from beneath this recent grad. Now what?
Dear C and Dr. B; I am in my last year of college and will soon have to figure out a career. I know that I have some big decisions to make. I am trying to be optimistic, but everything in my life sucks! My mother just died and this means I am losing my […]
Texting Treachery: Should this reader confront her husband?
Dear C and Dr. B; My cell phone died and I had to text my daughter, so I borrowed my husband Paul’s phone – he’d left it in the car. I got the shock of my life when I saw my husband’s last message to a co-worker. The subject was “the smokin’ hot” new receptionist […]
Changing Stations: One reader shares workspace with a bigot. What should he do?
Dear C and Dr. B; I work on an assembly line. It’s a hard, brainless job but I believe in the “whistle while you work philosophy.” Why be miserable, right? But not everyone there shares my thinking. George, the guy next to me, is miserable. And he seems to want to spread his misery to […]
Is My Teen Suicidal?: One writer wonders if something deeper is going on with her daughter
Dear C and Dr. B; My husband thinks I am making too much out of this, but I am worried. My daughter Sophie has been affected by the pandemic like all of us. But now, I am sensing something deeper is going on with her. I used to have to tell Sophie to stop talking on […]
Serving Up Some Truth: Can this waitress’ anti-masker boss force her to go bare-faced?
Dear C and Dr. B; I am a waitress in a very busy high-end restaurant. The government seems to be saying the pandemic is over and a lot of people are tossing their masks – but I read the news, and I know that with the new highly contagious variants, the danger is far from […]
Not Firing on All Cylinders: Why is her gun-hating friend heading to the shooting range?
Dear C and Dr. B; My friend Cynthia just shocked the hell out of me by announcing that she was going to a shooting range to learn how to fire both a pistol and a rifle. She has always told me that she totally against guns and she has also posted many remarks on her blog […]
Stuck with You: Was Granny ultra modern or out of line?
Dear C and Dr. B; My grandmother is 76 now, which means she grew up back in the days when men were the masters of the house and a woman’s main job in life was to please them. But listen to this story about her wedding night! I really want to know what you think! After a […]