January 21, 2022

A query for donations after a medical emergency divides the family

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January 15, 2022

This concern, about how best to support a friend, covers more than Covid.

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January 8, 2022

Each holiday for decades I have given gifts to several family members, and to friends that I thought were special. Sometimes I get a card, but not everyone makes a point of thanking me. Is it too much to ask for them to pick up the phone, or for the younger ones to at least send me a text as is their preferred communication?

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January 1, 2022

I have been struggling for a long time with my weight and I want to look at this New Year’s resolution as my last chance. Any suggestions for how I can keep up a promise to lose over 20 pounds and keep it off, and for good?

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December 25, 2021

I got one of those customized holiday cards from a relative who lives miles away from me. It was a collage of several pictures that were taken from the past year, and it is clear from the progression of the images that one person in particular has gained considerable weight. She used to be healthy and slender. It is hard to look at this picture and see how fat she has become and not be worried. I really want to say something but am reluctant to do so as a person’s weight has joined politics, religion and money as off limits. What do you think?

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December 18, 2021

A friend of mine has recently stopped communicating, or has ghosted me. We’ve been friends for many years, although over time our views have diverged regarding politics and, more recently, vaccine-related issues. I’ve called, texted, and emailed her several times; the only response I got was a short, cryptic text about “choices we make.” What do you think?

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December 11, 2021

My tax person told me I should declare the charitable donations I made to Goodwill so that I can reap the tax benefit. I am concerned that any donations that I itemize on my taxes will increase the risk of being audited. Do you know if this is a real issue to be worried about?

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December 4, 2021

A time conflict for a decision posed a conundrum and a question for a professional in his late thirties: How long should I put off telling the first company that made me a job offer whether or not I will accept their offer, as I am still waiting for a decision from my preferred, and hopefully future, employer?

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November 27, 2021

This question regarding an offer to hold baby items for someone’s “future” family can be applied to many loaned/borrowed/stored circumstances that have nothing to do with infant needs.

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November 20, 2021

This is unfortunately an all-too-likely exchange between family members and friends.

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November 13, 2021

At my father’s hospital bedside, during the end stages of his cancer, I noticed his fingernails were in need of a trim.

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November 6, 2021

This letter from a resident of Pennsylvania who signed the correspondence “Wanting to Know What Love Is” reflects a level of suffering and confusion that so often is co-created whenever a person enters into, and remains in, a relationship that is painfully unfulfilling, or even cruel and dehumanizing.

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October 30, 2021

The value of social media and all the selfies we share is that we do not have to wait for any holiday catch up letter/email to see how our friends and family have fared. We instead get to witness with great frequency how others evolve, or in some unfortunate cases, devolve. How we choose to handle our observations may make or break relationships as exemplified between girlfriends

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Tell Giselle: No need to fret of funeral decision

October 23, 2021

These rituals have held particular challenges for many people even without this pandemic. A query regarding the obligations and pressures under difficult circumstances brings an opportunity to look afresh at how we can best meet the emotional needs of our loved ones while we tend to our own tender heart and health concerns.

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Tell Giselle: Is getting the COVID booster the right thing?

October 16, 2021

Critical decisions oftentimes must be made even when there is little information and/or conflicting opinions. An adult who has pondered whether or not to get a booster shot is a case in point with this exchange.

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Tell Giselle: Is it OK to skip out on the holiday feast?

October 9, 2021

Here’s a fairly common holiday-themed query, with a variation on the details due to COVID. This came from a concerned son living in Texas with family in the Northeast.

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