Living with an In-Law

Living with an In-Law

Dear Maria, My husband and I are moving away from our home town, so that he can take a job in another city. In fact, he has already moved there, and I have been staying with his parents since we sold our house. I hope to join him soon, but my job is demanding and they...
Hoping for the Best with Medical Tests

Hoping for the Best with Medical Tests

Dear Maria, I’ve had some less than clear checkups lately that have led to additional tests. When this first started, I didn’t tell many people. I didn’t want to worry anyone. Now, a new round of testing has been ordered. I decided to tell a few more...
Love/Hate Relationship…. with Cell Phones

Love/Hate Relationship…. with Cell Phones

I have a question about cell phones: How do we use them politely in public? I’ve been on both sides of it lately. One day, I was having an important conversation with a colleague, sitting on a restaurant patio at lunch time. A friend, who I used to work with,...
Advice Column Anniversary!

Advice Column Anniversary!

Dear Readers, This week marks the first birthday of this little advice column. Thanks to my faithful readers and writers, we’ve made it this far! You’ve humored me, guided me, encouraged me, and danced with me. We’ve made our way through layoffs,...
Singin’ the Nonprofit Blues

Singin’ the Nonprofit Blues

Dear Maria, I’ve worked for a nonprofit organization for a number of years. The former organization president now volunteers with our organization. Unfortunately, he is meddling in current organization work, while also serving on the board of a competing organization....
Pep Talk for a Bored Worker

Pep Talk for a Bored Worker

Dear Maria, I need a pep talk about work. I am a writer at a university. The work flow is feast or famine. I’ve hit the famine phase of the cycle. I don’t do well with boredom. What little work I do have I can’t find the motivation to do because once...