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CJ News & Views

Meet the In-Laws

Dear Ms. Meniscus, Last week I met my girlfriend's family for the first time. And they hated me. What do I do? -- Depressed Down Under

Important Firsts

Dear Ms. Meniscus, My boyfriend and I just celebrated our first anniversary -- that is, we were supposed to. However, instead of the romantic dinner I hoped for, we ordered take-out. Am I unreasonable to expect more? -Underwhelmed in the UK

The Frog and the Pot of Hot Water

As the tale explains, problems can unexpectedly overwhelm us. Dr. Laurie shows us how to prevent them from doing so.

One Date at a Time

Dear Ms. Meniscus, Ok so my ex boyfriend and I broke up 4 years ago.I still love him but he is in another relationship and seems happy. I still haven't moved on because I'm scared to get my heart broken again so I have my guard up! I mean I have hooked up with other guys but they just used me to have drunken sex with and that hurts me. What is wrong with me? Guys don't want to date me they just want to use me and I don't want that! I need advice! Is it me? Am I trying too hard? Help please?! -The Queen

Don't Cheat Yourself

Dear Ms. Meniscus, Hi, I am in a relationship with a man who is 20 years older than me. I love him very much and he shows me so much love and appreciation. There is nothing that I can complain about him. He is attentive and loving. Now, as I am feeling stronger for him, I begin feeling doubts. When he does not call me for a few hours, I feel he is out with someone else. He texts me sweet things but I want to call him but do not want to check up on him. Please help me. Should I be worried about anything? I feel all men cheat. Thanks. -Cindy

All Chewed Up

Dear Ms. Meniscus, I have been married for 20 years and my husband eats very loudly all the time. I have tried turning up the TV during dinner to block out the sound and I can still hear him chewing. I have turned on music and have even asked him to try and quiet his audible chewing. He does nothing to reduce his chewing noise and I'm ready to divorce him over it. What can I do? -Irritated Wife

Iraq-ing My Brain

Dear Ms. Meniscus, My son is currently serving in Iraq. I miss him terribly. He's been gone now for the better part of four years. Though I'm incredibly proud of him, is it selfish of me to want him home? - Virginia Soldier's Momma

It Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Dear Ms. Meniscus, I recently took a job which forces me to be away from my boyfriend for several months. I work a TON, but when I'm not working, all I want to do is talk to him -- like we do when we're together. I call a lot. How do I keep from bugging him? - Blue in Buffalo Grove

FYI on your LDR

Dear Ms. Meniscus, School just ended and quite a few of my friends are switching schools. One of my best friends and the guy I've liked on and off since 4th grade is moving away to a boarding school quite a few states away. What should I do? - Soccer Chick

Taking Unpredictability Head-On

Knowing that you're not alone is one thing -- but how to maintain a semblance of control in your life? Dr. Laurie lays out a battle plan.

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