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CJ News & Views

The Rude Diners

I was at dinner the other night and fellow patrons were saying the rudest things about my friends and I. I confronted them about this as we were leaving, and felt all the worse for doing so. What should I have done? -- David in Delaware

The Wandering Musician

I have been studying to be a musician ever since I was in elementary school. But now I've decided to be a nurse, and I'm not sure what to do. -- Kimberly in Kansas

The Mean Mother-in-Law

My mother-in-law had the audacity to tell me my choice of clothing makes me look matronly and boring -- two traits that were sure to cause problems in my marriage. To be honest, I wanted to punch her in the face. The gall! What should I do? -- Matronly Mary

Sometimes Our Light Goes Out

As a new year begins, Dr. Laurie explores what happens when we lose energy and hope -- and explains how to rediscover them.

Don't Mess with Creak

Creak returns home to sunny environs -- only to have his family dinner interrupted.

The Passive Aggressive "Mother-in-Law"

My boyfriend and I have limited vacation time and decided to spend this year's holidays with my family. His mother has been working overtime to guilt us into extending our vacation and visiting them. What should I do? -- Stressed Stacy

The Finicky Boyfriend

My boyfriend keeps showing up late for dates or asking to change plans at the last minute. It's driving me mad. What can I do? -- Laura in London

The Canine Boss

Our one-year-old puppy already runs the house -- commanding attention in any situation. If he wants to be held, he won't stop "talking" to you until he gets his way. And darn it if he isn't so gosh darn cute when he does it! Is this normal for a dog to overtake our lives like this? -- Trenika in Tampa