I Know You Are, But What Am I?

I Know You Are, But What Am I?

Dear Maria, I have found myself in a situation in which someone says something either rude or insulting to me. The problem is when I defend my feelings and they respond by saying they were just kidding, now I look like the jerk.  What’s the best way to handle...
Mom and Dad, We Need To Have a Talk…

Mom and Dad, We Need To Have a Talk…

Dear Maria, How do you convince your parents to sell their home and move into a retirement community? Signed, SMH at M&D Dear SMH, Tough sell. For aging parents, this is a huge change. Not only is it downsizing; it’s admitting a shift toward greater dependence on...
Hide the keys! Hide your eyes!

Hide the keys! Hide your eyes!

Dear Maria, My challenge is that my husband of 50+ years is showing signs of confusion while driving.  He used to be the expert on directions, but now it seems we are making a lot of U-turns! On our last driving excursion he ran over a curb, changed lanes without a...
Love Without Trust

Love Without Trust

Dear Maria, How do you repair a relationship with a sibling whom you no longer trust? I love her, but I don’t trust her. Can you truly love someone you don’t trust? Signed, Missing My Sister Dear Missing My Sister, Sure, you can love someone you don’t...
A Post for Losses

A Post for Losses

Dear Maria, I read the topics for your past columns and I noticed that there is an element of loss with each topic…aging parents, etc. So, I was wondering if you could write about loss of any kind and the grief process that might accompany those loses. Signed,...