Amy Dickinson

Amy Dickinson

Seven days a week, letter after letter, Amy Dickinson applies an objective eye to reader problems large and small in "ASK AMY: Advice for the real world."

Dickinson succeeds the legendary Ann Landers (Eppie Lederer) as the Chicago Tribune's signature advice columnist. Chicago Tribune editor Gerould Kern said: “Amy understands the personal issues affecting millions of people in their everyday lives and offers grounded advice for healthy, lasting relationships. She’s also a terrific storyteller.” As an advice columnist, Amy uses her talents as a journalist and her personal experiences to answer each question with the care and attention she would devote to her closest friends. Her advice is rooted in honesty and trust, traits she applies to her writing and her life.

Before joining the Chicago Tribune, Dickinson (a distant relative of the poet Emily Dickinson) penned a column on family issues for TIME magazine and had been regularly featured on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." A weekly column, carried on AOL's News Channels, frequently drew from her experience as a single parent and member of a large, extended family. In addition, she has appeared as a social commentator on CBS' "Sunday Morning."

Dickinson, who grew up on a small dairy farm in New York, currently lives in Chicago with her teenage daughter. A graduate of Georgetown University, Dickinson also has worked as a producer for NBC News and as a freelance writer for publications such as The Washington Post, Esquire and O magazine.

Amy Dickinson Samples

No requirement to disclose HIV

DEAR AMY: Several years ago I was diagnosed with HIV. It has been four years now and I have yet to tell anyone. Is it my responsibility to tell the people in my life about this disease?

Wife resents husband's family commitments

DEAR AMY: My husband's mother became ill this winter. She asked my husband to come out and take care of her for a few days when she is released from the hospital.

Couple should now delete relationship

DEAR AMY: I was dating this wonderful guy for about a month. He asked me if I would move in with him next year when his job sends him to a new location. Last Tuesday he says, "We need to talk."

Arts grad wonders about switching fields

DEAR AMY: I'm looking for insight. I am considering going back to school in a health-related field. We discuss marriage and a future, and he believes student debt will mean delaying other life goals, like having a home and a family.

Friend might keep hubby, lose friendship

DEAR AMY: My friend's husband had an affair with his much younger assistant. This was going on for months and months. He also said that he told the assistant they had to stop communicating.

Veteran struggles with marriage

DEAR AMY: My 27-year-old son returned home from a tour of duty in Afghanistan about two years ago. He, his wife and infant daughter live with us due to economic difficulties that are common to their generation.

Blood pressure drugs associated with fall risk

All medicines are associated with both benefits and risks.

Mind your own health after the death of a partner

Taking care of yourself might be the last thing you would think about after the death of a partner.

More benefits of eating a vegetarian diet

Here's another reason to consider eating a vegetarian diet: it may help lower your blood pressure. A vegetarian diet can take a number of forms, with some banning all forms of animal products, and others including fish or dairy products.

Erectile dysfunction and the drugs to treat it

In many cases, medications are all a man needs to stay sexually active. Erectile dysfunction affects almost 70% of men ages 70 and older.

Fast way to improve heart and muscle fitness

Stair climbing burns twice the calories of walking, and it strengthens your heart, lungs, and muscles. Working exercise into your daily routine is a great way to boost your activity level. Stair climbing has many physiological benefits.

Are you losing your sense of smell?

An evaluation can indicate whether it's due to aging, blockage, or a neurological condition. The sense of smell is crucial to enjoy food or detect danger.

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