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 […]
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 […]
Menace to Society: Should he take his daughter’s keys away?
Dear C and Dr. B; I am still a little in PTSD mode, and am not sure what the best path is from here. My 16-year-old daughter got her drivers license two months ago and a she already has had two accidents. The first was a minor scratch, but she was at fault and in […]
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 […]