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July 18

Where to go for advice about life issues?

If you don't have any close friends or trusted relatives in whom you can confide, where can you find a sounding board for problems you're facing? [more inside]
posted by akk2014 at 8:14 AM - 21 answers

July 17

What just happened?

Was playing at the park the other day with my son and two little girls were acting really strange towards him. I still can't decipher what they were up to. Details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg at 6:18 PM - 23 answers

Should i unblock my family? If so, when?

I bought my entire family (4 people) and boyfriend tickets to an expensive 90 min show as a birthday gift ($80 each), sent them all reminders of date and time, and everyone except my boyfriend as 40 mins late despite me calling and reminding them (they all traveled together). They gave weak apologies, with my mom taking the blame but I'm absolutely livid at them, so I blocked them all from calling me. Is this too extreme? [more inside]
posted by soooo at 6:16 PM - 40 answers

The quarter life crisis approaches - how can I live more meaningfully?

I will be 25 in a few months. I am sensing a shift in the direction I need to go - but I'm just not sure which path I should take. Can you help me figure it out? [more inside]
posted by Ariel432 at 2:21 PM - 13 answers

July 16

Videos of rejection?

I'd like a bunch of videos of actual rejections. [more inside]
posted by hleehowon at 10:08 PM - 1 answers

How to quit smoking in Chinese

My Taiwanese boss got his heart broken last month and consequently started smoking. I want to leave a note in Chinese for him to find in his cigarette pack to encourage him to quit [more inside]
posted by levijk at 5:36 PM - 23 answers

July 15

Online Forums / Support Groups for Chronic Illness & Disability?

I have a chronic illness (fibromyalgia) and identify as disabled. I am going through a more-than-usually rough flare, and need to reach out to others who understand the chronic/disability life. Please recommend me online forums, support groups, podcasts, $resources to feel less isolated! [NB List of relevant podcasts inside, for interested parties.] [more inside]
posted by thetarium at 6:28 PM - 7 answers

Finding Love After (Big) Loss?

I am a widow and my boyfriend had a very painful and messy divorce 5 years ago. We got together a year ago (right after my husband died) and it has been so amazing. From the moment we laid eyes on each other we connected and have been together almost constantly--first just once a week and now about 4 days a week, and we have vacationed together several times as well. But there is trouble in paradise... [more inside]
posted by Izzi at 3:02 PM - 29 answers

But my own baby's cries will be music to my ears

My husband is incredibly sensitive to noise, in particular any sound that disrupts his sleep. I am nervous about how he will react to our future child's cries and concerned that he has unrealistic expectations around quieting a baby. He disagrees. How can I calm down about this in advance and/or help in the future? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:32 AM - 58 answers

My friend is asking me for money

My friend has hit hard times and has asked me for money, which she isn't able to pay back. I want to help but I don't want to just keep paying out. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by intensitymultiply at 1:02 AM - 32 answers

July 14

Can you translate this short Arabic comment?

I got a short Arabic message from a new team member in an online game I play - Normally I would try my luck with Google translate but the app I'm viewing the message in doesn't do cut and paste. If anyone can translate the surname as well that would be awesome to! [more inside]
posted by inflatablekiwi at 7:23 PM - 6 answers

What, exactly, am I sending comfort into?

A very close friend's wife is in detox for alcohol abuse. Again. He's on his own, dealing with a stressful job in a toxic workplace and two kids who are on summer vacation. He and I don't get much time to talk each day, just a few sentences here and there. I want to be as supportive/comforting/distracting as possible during those brief chats, but my curiosity/lack of context for what the family is going through gets in the way of being present. [more inside]
posted by itesser at 11:00 AM - 6 answers

I'm drifting......how do I regain direction?

I've just turned 52 and I feel like I am currently drifting along in life with no clear goals and a lack of focus and direction. How can I get a plan and regain direction? [more inside]
posted by blokefromipanema at 10:01 AM - 5 answers

July 13

Can I train myself to make more moral snap decisions?

I feel like I make more moral decisions when I have time to think than when I have to decide immediately, and I'd like to achieve parity. [more inside]
posted by ionnin at 4:01 PM - 18 answers

can it be over now

How did it take you to fully recover from a significant betrayal by someone(s) you trusted? [more inside]
posted by a strong female character at 3:15 PM - 59 answers

Partner's struggles with anxiety have killed our sex life

I am really struggling with my partner’s anxiety and its impact on our sex life. I am 33, he is 25, and we are a gay male couple. [more inside]
posted by ninefour at 1:19 PM - 12 answers

July 12

Life Lost

How I see myself has changed forever, since my dad passed away unnaturally. I don't feel like I deserve goodness. I am sure my relatives, his siblings may feel that way too. How to deal with this gruesome grief? [more inside]
posted by daveg02 at 8:45 AM - 10 answers

New mom asking: Go back to work or not?

How could I possibly leave my baby to go back to work? And yet, tons of people have done it, including many I work with. How?? ... And then on the other hand, how could I quit working? (Long -- feel free to skip ahead to the question section.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:32 AM - 63 answers

July 11

Best BLM 101 Resources for the skeptical republican

I have agreed to a challenge by a very right-wing republican on the topic of black lives matter. He is having me read The War on Cops and I can choose 4 hours worth of any material I want for him to read. What are some excellent books/resources that do the best job of explaining the problem for somebody very ignorant of black lives in general? [more inside]
posted by zug at 6:08 PM - 21 answers

stocking items for the boyfriend in my fridge

I work from home most days and lately my boyfriend has gotten into the habit of working from my place as well or hanging out with me at other times at my invitation and his pleasure. I love this and am happy to have him around. Since he is over here so frequently, he has requested that I stock some of his favorite things regularly in the fridge for snacking/meals and most of them I'm happy to do so except for this - bottled water. [more inside]
posted by TestamentToGrace at 5:20 PM - 88 answers

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