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The Distant Son

My son and I used to have conversations all night long -- giggling and telling jokes, he telling me about his day, his dreams, the future. But we don't talk anymore. One day it just stopped. What can I do to bring that back? -- Mary in Maine

The Flaky Friend

I have this friend who keeps taking advantage of me and all our other friends. He blows people off, he's constantly late, you can never count on him for anything -- yet he weasels his way into commitments no one wants to make with him. How do I keep from losing my mind? -- Mad Matt

The Deaf Rheumatologist

I feel like my rheumatologist is not listening to my concerns -- he's so determined to quickly get me in and out of the office, we barely cover any of my concerns. I have expressed this to him, but without any change. What do I do? -- Nancy in New York

Golden Days

Dear Ms. Meniscus, I have been sad since the day "Golden Girls" went off the air. Is there any hope for a new series? -- Sad Selma

Picking Habits

Dear Ms. Meniscus, I find myself nitpicking my girlfriend sometimes, and I don't even mean to do it ... I don't want to do it ... and it hurts her feelings. I resolve myself not to do it again, but I do. How can I stop? -- Paul in Pierre

Learning to Let Go

Dear Ms. Meniscus, My ex-boyfriend has a new girlfriend he's been seeing for six months now. We live near each other, but I don't want to run into them. I like the idea of him as he was -- without her. I find myself ducking around corners anytime they're near. What do I do? -- Brooke in Boulder

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