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ASK MERRILY/ Look Who’s Coming to Christmas Dinner?
Dec 10,2009

The holidays are almost here. But my family situation has reconfigured, as my daughter and I are now estranged. I find myself with no blue print for how to approach Christmas dinner. I have sent a card inviting my daughter and her fiancé, but I don’t think they will come.

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ASK MERRILY/New Boss
Nov 16,2009

I am two months into a new job in Old Town with a steep learning curve and my new boss doesn't trust me. She came out of her office to tell me that my sharing of certain information hadn't been the right thing to do.


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ASK MERRILY/Intentions to Sell Home
Nov 16,2009

We have put our Alexandria home up for sale as my husband will soon be working in another state. We would like for the house to sell before his new job starts so that we can move together, but we realize this is a difficult time to sell.

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ASK MERRILY/Monumental Changes Disappoint Mom
Oct 15,2009

I have planned a solo, camping trip across the country to explore and possibly find work and a new home. I had a farewell supper with my mother last night, and as usual, she cast cold disapproval at me when I handed her my printed itinerary.


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ASK MERRILY/Anxious and Indecisive
Oct 08,2009

I haven't traveled much in the past few years, not wanting to get somewhere and have emotional problems. In the last year I’ve hardly left the house. Now I want to spend a couple days at the beach and then visit my sister. But I have an award winning case of anxiety and indecision.

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ASK MERRILY/Cinderella
Oct 07,2009

Dear Merrily, I have just married a military man. We live in a large home in a good neighborhood. He has 2 teenagers, and I have 2 preteens. We all got along well the whole time that he and I dated. But, now that we live in the same house, I am doing all the house work and working a full time job.

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ASK MERRILY/Dread of Morning
Oct 07,2009

So here's my problem... When I wake up in the morning, I feel a sense of dread and I want to stay under the covers (which I do for a little bit). Any "advice"??? Sense of Dread

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ASK MERRILY/Cinderella By Merrily Preston
Oct 05,2009

Dear Merrily, I have just married a military man. We live in a large home in a good neighborhood. He has 2 teenagers, and I have 2 preteens. We all got along well the whole time that he and I dated. But, now that we live in the same house, I am doing all the house work and working a full time job.




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