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ASK MERRILY/Divorce
Jun 30,2011

I am not doing well with my divorce. I am falling apart. I didn’t know my husband would become so heartless and uncooperative. But I have changed too. I never used to wish harm to anyone. Now I actually wish that he would die. What kind of person am I to wish that? I want to go back to being the person I was before the divorce. I want to be able to focus again on my life and not be obsessed

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ASK MERRILY/Job or Freelance?
Jun 16,2010

Tomorrow I will visit the staff of a newspaper where I have applied to be the editor. I am terrified and in a tizzy over what to do if they make an offer. If I sense that it is wrong, I hope I can find the courage to say no. After leaving my job of 20 years as an editor and columnist,


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ASK MERRILY/I Hate Math
Apr 12,2010

I hate math. It has nothing to do with my life. I am angry at the people who invented it so that I have to do it. I’m in algebra. Sometimes it’s ok, but when I can’t do it, I am frustrated. There are too many numbers and I don’t like to write them all down.

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ASK MERRILY/How to Ask for What I Need
Apr 12,2010

I know what to do, but I need assistance. I am volunteering in a six-week interim position as manager of a small apartment building near a spiritual retreat. I adore my studio apartment with my own space and privacy, which is essential for my writing. I have free lance assignments and a newspaper column which produce income.


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ASK MERRILY/Three-Year-Old’s Request
Mar 22,2010

My three year old daughter has started to wake up in the middle of the night wanting to come to sleep on my belly. While this is very cute, I don’t want to start a new habit that we won’t be able to continue. We all get up early in the morning to get to school and work, and we all need a good night’s sleep.

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ASK MERRILY/Relationship with Teenage Son
Mar 22,2010

My teenage son thinks that I am an ogre, an enemy. No matter what I say to him or how I say it, I antagonize him. I know I have made lots of mistakes as a mother, but I try. He is doing poorly in high school, and behavior is becoming a problem. My mother died recently at a relatively young age.

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ASK MERRILY/ How Do I Talk to My Teenager?
Mar 22,2010

I am very worried about my teenage son. He lacks motivation and isn’t using all of his potential. His father and I do not accept grades of C or lower and are very disappointed in his grades. I don’t know how to help him and feel like a failure as a parent which is very painful.

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ASK MERRILY/Earthquake
Mar 22,2010

My mom has flown to Chile for her vacation. Her plane was due to land a few hours after the earthquake. Since Chile is technologically advanced, they probably would not land the plane if there were any risk. My two grandmothers are concerned, one is frantic.




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