When Someone Betrays Your Trust

When Someone Betrays Your Trust

Dear Maria, I have a much loved in-law whom I trusted with a confidence regarding another relative of hers. She promised to keep my thoughts secret, but she eventually told the relative what I had shared with her. I am angry and sad, I deeply care about her, but I...
Drunk at Work

Drunk at Work

Dear Maria, I think my co-worker may have a drinking problem. She brags at lunchtime about the partying she does over the weekends. She showed up drunk to a company event, and though she wasn’t falling down or anything, she was slurring her words and fell asleep...
Barking Dogs vs. Purring Engines

Barking Dogs vs. Purring Engines

Dear Maria, I live in a pet-friendly condominium neighborhood. Our neighbor above us works from home. Our dog is a bit territorial and sometimes barks at people walking by the building (walking their dog, jogging, etc.). We both work outside the home. Our neighbor has...
Revving Up a Compromise

Revving Up a Compromise

Dear Maria, My husband’s driving makes me nervous. Sometimes he drives too fast, and gets impatient behind the wheel. He usually abides by traffic laws, but there’s one thing he does that really bothers me: He runs stop signs on side streets and in neighborhoods. If...
Fine (Property) Lines

Fine (Property) Lines

Dear Maria, I have read every letter and response, so I know you have written about problems with our neighbors. Here is my problem. I moved into my home in 2011 and have had a crappy lawn since the beginning. The builder planted sod when it was 108 degrees outside,...