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  1. Tell Me About It: Couple finds insult in condolences

    Relationships

    Q: Friends lost a young child to a terminal illness, and one half of the couple has recently divulged publicly a list of things people said to them that they "shouldn't" have. Among what not to say were things that seem to me to be authentic sentiments like, "I haven't said anything because I don't know what to …

  2. Tell Me About It: Mom is offended by son's love of rap music

    Relationships

    Q: My young teen son loves rap music. I feel deeply uncomfortable with the misogyny, aggression in the service of revenge, and basic crassness of it. My son is starry-eyed over it and frequently plays songs for me to hear.

  3. Tell Me About It: A new baby brings up issue of gender roles

    Relationships

    Q: My husband and I are expecting our first child. We have chosen not to find out the sex, largely because we want to hold off the avalanche of pink or blue for an extra few months.

  4. From This Day: Patricia Cvejkus and Joshua Candamo

    Relationships

    TAMPA — The big box wrapped in Christmas paper didn't impress Patricia "Trish" Cvejkus as Joshua Candamo kept ribbing her to open the gift he'd bought her.

    Patricia “Trish” Cvejkus, 33, and Joshua Candamo, 37, were married at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tampa on Jan. 24.
  5. Tell Me About It: Friend can't act as woman's therapist

    Relationships

    Q: A friend repeatedly sends me long e-mails about how her mom continually degrades her and drives her to hit herself and fall into mood swings. She sends me articles on symptoms of depression and asks me for advice. I suggested she seek advice from a health professional, as had been stated in the article she …

  6. Tell Me About It: Estrangement may be a family trait

    Relationships

    While I'm away, readers give the advice.

    On being cut off by immediate family:

    R.: After the death of my parents, my siblings cut me off — not just not talking to me but telling many official others that they didn't have any other siblings, such as the courts probating wills, causing me …

  7. Tell Me About It: Opposing views on marrying young

    Relationships

    While I'm away, readers give the advice.

    On youthful, pre-deployment marriages:

    C.: Forty-two years ago, I was the bride (20), he was the groom (19) going into the Army during the Vietnam War. Now, two children later, careers later, locations later, education later, (remodeling later!) we are …

  8. Tell Me About It: Talk to a child as you would to any person

    Relationships

    While I'm away, readers give the advice.

    On adults who aren't sure how to talk to children: