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November 4

Post-relationship time-wasting regret

I'm feeling a lot of regret for staying in a long relationship that didn't work out, and could use some help feeling validated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:46 AM - 9 answers

November 1

Friendship feeling uneven, need advice on how to balance it.

I'm close friends with a person who, unintentionally most likely, crosses my boundaries with questions relating to my job with a major technology retailer. Resentment is starting to build. I'm a people pleaser, in therapy, and trying to figure out how to draw better boundaries with her. More details under the fold. [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude at 7:51 PM - 10 answers

Save my Twinship

Disclaimer: I've written this question and deleted it several times. It's the most difficult thing I've ever pondered. I have talked to my doctor but the other side of this equation lives 250 miles away and doesnt have access to insurance. I know you are not my therapists so just use as empathetic (cont) [more inside]
posted by The_imp_inimpossible at 3:52 PM - 24 answers

Resources for single parenting by choice

Hi, looking for the best resources for single parenting by choice, including both physical (e.g. books, documentaries) and digital (websites, groups on facebook or other similar online groups). I would be the birthing parent in this scenario and would likely be using donor sperm, although I might also consider coparenting with a male friend. NYC and Boston/MA-specific resources particularly helpful. Thanks!
posted by Rock 'em Sock 'em at 2:48 PM - 3 answers

Addressing Racism

I work at large healthcare facility, which recently had a pumpkin decorating contest. One of the submissions was an extremely racist caricature. It is currently on display in a public, but out-of-the-way part of the building. I would like this to be addressed by my organization. How do I handle this? [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate at 2:39 PM - 6 answers

How do you let go of resentment over being treated unfairly?

I’ve realized that fairness in my personal life is overwhelmingly important to me, and this may not be healthy from a practical point. I’m looking for thoughts on how to take a different perspective, especially if you’ve dealt with this too. [more inside]
posted by redlines at 1:43 AM - 32 answers

October 31

Non-initiators, how do you express interest/desire?

And people on the receiving end of this dynamic, what do you do when a person you care about never reaches out? [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight at 11:18 AM - 25 answers

October 29

Supporting pregnant family member who just got difficult news

How do I support my family member who just found out her baby has serious birth defects? [more inside]
posted by mermily at 6:21 PM - 17 answers

Self-love, compassion, and acceptance

I'm trying to learn how to be more loving and kind toward myself. In search of resources less annoying than listicles and less intimidating than massive books (I have piles of books that could probably help me with this and I'm struggling mightily to do any serious reading at all). [more inside]
posted by bunderful at 4:55 PM - 17 answers

Is this online friendship over?

I don't know whether to kill off an online friendship or try to keep it alive. I've never met this woman in person, but I have a weird connection with her and I'm afraid cutting her off might be, well, cruel. But she is making me crazy. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella at 2:50 PM - 23 answers

Is this too much unwelcome empathy?

Please help me not send a card to an ex-online date with mental health issues. My own history of depression and family trauma is hijacking my break-up feelings. [more inside]
posted by radiantsquirrel at 2:41 PM - 14 answers

Question about running a VHS conversion service

Someone hired me to transfer old VHS tapes for him. We agreed on a price and I transferred them. He's come back and asked about some issues with the digital files that I'm 95% sure are just problems with the tapes and I'm not sure what the best way to deal with it is. [more inside]
posted by NoneOfTheAbove at 9:10 AM - 17 answers

October 28

Twitch DJ Tip Etiquette?

What's the etiquette for tipping DJs on Twitch? [more inside]
posted by too bad you're not me at 9:03 PM - 4 answers

ISO latest dating websites suitable for mefite-type seniors

Prefer relationship-oriented over hook-up apps (had my share of that in the 80s). I'm currently downlownstate (near Champaign), but will likely move to a larger city within the year, probably Chicago - would not hesitate to drive that far to meet someone.
posted by she's not there at 4:37 PM - 7 answers

October 27

Should I keep dating other guys?

I'm already seeing someone but we're not official. Another guy I like is asking me out. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:12 PM - 15 answers

October 26

Married suburban queer wants community?

I’m a bi/pan cis woman married to a cis man with two biological kids, living in the burbs. I’m not exactly closeted, but neither am I super out. I’m wondering if I can find a queer community irl or online, and I have a couple specific questions. [more inside]
posted by House of Leaves of Grass at 6:14 PM - 9 answers

Give money safely

What's the best way to give money to a stranger with likely addiction issues? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:40 PM - 16 answers

Help me deal with a roommate that has plans to travel during Christmas?

I just found out my roommate is planning on traveling to Florida over Christmas and I'm having trouble keeping it together. [more inside]
posted by Your Childhood Pet Rock at 2:30 PM - 42 answers

Can you help me communicate better with my possibly ADHD boss?

I find it hard to get him to concentrate on more than one issue at a time – so if I send an email with three questions in it, he may only answer one of them. I feel like I am nagging having to repeatedly email the same questions to get a clear answer. I don’t think he is doing this deliberately/maliciously, and with other tics in his behaviour I wonder if he has undiagnosed ADHD. Can you recommend approaches that will help me get and keep his attention? [more inside]
posted by AFII at 8:57 AM - 32 answers

Family has planned nothing for my birthday

My birthday is tomorrow. I flew out to visit my parents, and so far nothing is planned. I asked for a specific restaurant and after reminding them they said it was booked. And....no effort to figure out something else. I'm feeling disappointed and considering flying home early. [more inside]
posted by treetop89 at 7:41 AM - 37 answers

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