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September 20

Harassment support group

I’m looking for an online support group for people who are being harassed online and it doesn’t ever stop, and police won’t pursue. It’s been going on in this spate for 18 months and off and on for 7 years. My health is deeply compromised. [more inside]
posted by Mistress at 2:04 PM - 5 answers

My landlord and safety

What are reasonable expectations in this situation? [more inside]
posted by Amy93 at 1:31 PM - 6 answers

September 19

Should we end this marriage?

I fear this marriage can’t be saved. Married 15 years, two kids, middle and high school. Couples counseling, individual counseling ongoing. I don’t feel heard or understood in this relationship. I don’t see hope that we want the same out of a partnership. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:05 PM - 12 answers

How to have a heart-to-heart about a heart

This morning my father had an ablation for an AFib condition that I didn't know he had. He doesn't tell us (adult) kids about any health things that crop up until long after they are over. Have you managed to bridge this gap with a stubbornly reticent parent? How? [more inside]
posted by kimberussell at 8:23 AM - 14 answers

September 18

Big Life Changes part II: what's causing my depression

After deciding not to relocate, the wind's gone from my sails, and I'm confused as to why ? [more inside]
posted by kilohertz at 5:15 PM - 14 answers

In memory of... no one.

In the past six years, I've terminated three pregnancies, each within six weeks of gestation. My boyfriend has been supportive of these decisions, and I've had no regrets. By his own admission, neither does he in any impactful way (he may have passing 'what if' thoughts.) I want to ...memorialize these, uh, zygotes. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:01 PM - 14 answers

When professionals don’t answer your emails

I have recently had a number of very frustrating interactions with some bodywork professionals (think athletic trainers, acupuncturists, massage therapists, and anyone else who has their own solo practice and typically doesn’t take insurance). They just don’t answer their emails or pick up the phone, and it’s driving me bananas. How do? [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight at 1:15 PM - 26 answers

How to turn down plans due to family drama I'd prefer to keep on the DL?

My sibling and I keep getting invited to a family member's social events - but we've been having serious issues with one of our parents who also tends to attend, so we've been politely turning them down for a while now; the rub is that they're wonderful people, and I don't want them to think we're avoiding them because we don't like them. How do I turn down this (and future) invitations from them, without letting them know about all the crazy family drama going on behind the scenes? [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers at 8:42 AM - 23 answers

September 17

If it was the right decision, why does it feel so bad?

I just ended things with this guy I was seeing very sporadically over about a year, and just for sex. Logically, he was bad for me in every way. So why do I feel so emotional about it? (more juicy details inside) [more inside]
posted by koolaidnovel at 11:27 AM - 10 answers

A new therapist with a strict timetable

I'm looking for a new therapist. I've found one that I like, but at our introductory session, she told me that I can't cancel my regular slot if I can't make it - so if I'm on holiday or out of the city, I would need to pay for a slot that I can't use. Is that normal? Or are therapists normally a bit more forgiving with their schedules? I'm in the UK, if that makes a difference.
posted by anonymous at 7:22 AM - 28 answers

September 16

Friend suddenly distant and short with me, how to handle it?

My dragon boat team is on a trip to Ireland for a race. There are three of us who are the same age (in our 30s) while the rest of the team ranges in ages from 40s-70s. We have a great group and were all looking forward to this trip to have fun and enjoy one another's company. Prior to the trip, my friends who are my age (I'll call them D and S) for short, were all texting each other and had good rapport. I was especially friends with D; we sit together on the boat and had been texting on and off getting to know one another. She, D, S, and I have even hung out a few times outside of dragon boating. We're now halfway through our trip. I'm not sure what I did (though I think it's due to my horrible social skills), but D has become noticeably (at least to me) less friendly and distant with me. [more inside]
posted by starpoint at 10:54 AM - 29 answers

How to support kids with a suddenly injured parent?

A good friend of mine co-parents two elementary age children with the other parent. Until recently, they shared custody evenly and live blocks apart, so the children spent regular time with both parents at two homes. Sadly, the other parent got into an accident that left them with some very serious head injuries. How should my friend support their kids? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing at 6:21 AM - 11 answers

September 15

Dad wants freeloading brother (and ferrets) gone – but how?

My elderly, disabled dad owns a cottage at a secluded lake. It is not his primary home. It’s an investment property he uses for weekend vacations, but keeps mostly closed in the off-season. Unfortunately, it's not available to him because my brother is semi-squatting in it. [more inside]
posted by mr. remy at 4:45 PM - 42 answers

What am I missing?

According to his friends, Walter Cronkite had three rules for aging: 1) Never trust a fart; 2) Never pass up a drink; 3) Never ignore an erection. Numbers 1 and 3 seem pretty self-explanatory, but I can't make sense of number 2. Assuming he's not advocating for geriatric alcoholism, what did he mean by that?
posted by joedan at 4:16 PM - 9 answers

What do I say to my friend?

I just had a very strange and worrying conversation with a friend. I am not sure how to handle it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:17 AM - 14 answers

September 14

Useful Gift for Family in Crisis

An acquaintance from my teen years got in touch for support because I'm one of the few people he knows local to the hospital where he's getting his cancer treatment. It's a really bad type of cancer. I'd like to send something to his wife back home and could use mefite suggestions. Lots more details inside. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 6:05 PM - 11 answers

September 13

I want to do a thing. My partner would prefer that I didn't. What next?

How have you & your lifelong partner handled a situation where you really really want to Do a Thing, and your partner really really wants you not to do that thing? [more inside]
posted by rd45 at 9:44 AM - 58 answers

Asymmetrical friendship - what to do?

So C and I met at work, and became friends. By the time her contract ended we had started catching up for lunch offsite, and we were saying we should keep in touch, so I gave her my number and she gave me hers. Two weeks later I messaged her to catch up and we have caught up about once a month for the last six months or so, always at my instigation. [more inside]
posted by EatMyHat at 4:34 AM - 25 answers

September 12

My dad has dementia, money, and a 20-year-old fiancee.

My nearly 80-year-old father has been seeing a young woman from Asia. My siblings and I are terrified that she's going to take everything and leave him with no money for the very expensive care he'll soon need. [more inside]
posted by Frenchy67 at 7:03 PM - 13 answers

Reading and thinking about adult friendships

So I'm finding that many of my adult friendships are somewhat asymmetrical--I'm contacting that person more than they are contacting me. I'm looking for a good book or thoughtful, longer article about adult friendships, as I've never had great social skills and I need to think about them in a thoughtful, deliberate manner. Thanks for your recommendations. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 6:49 PM - 7 answers

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