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The Age Old Lie

The Age Old Lie

Dear Maria, I just found out that a family friend has been lying to us about his age. During a visit home, a mutual friend told me that she suspects that he is older than he appears. (I think she has a thing for him, too.)  I was at his apartment, and looked in his...

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Should a Catholic help Transgender Children?

Should a Catholic help Transgender Children?

Dear Maria, I volunteer, along with my husband, during a monthly support group. The children ages 5 to 12 stay with us and have a pizza party and we have an activity every month. The parents go to a support group for their transgender children. Some of my friends...

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We’re All Ducks Here

We’re All Ducks Here

Dear Maria, You are a strong woman who offers so much to others, but what do you do when you need support? It is often tough to ask for help or confide in people when you want to be seen as that strong person who always wants to help others. Signed, Sleepless in St....

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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...

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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 folks, and their...

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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, came...

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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, loss, teens, and...

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