Amy Dickenson, advice columnist for Ask Amy

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

Parents worry about addicted daughter's weight gain

DEAR AMY: My adult daughter, 23, suffered a bout of severe alcohol dependency two years ago. She is under the care of a psychiatrist who only adjusts her various medications.

Dating couple ponder part-time parenting

DEAR AMY: My boyfriend and I have been dating for 3-1/2 years. For any family events, she would show up for a few hours and then leave with their daughter. Obviously, things were difficult at the start but she has adjusted well.

Sister balks at spending money on dough

DEAR AMY: My sister asked me to purchase a frozen cheesecake, cookies or pretzel dough from my nephew for his school fundraiser. I told her that I would send a donation directly to the program because I was not interested in the items.

Wife's rages worry husband and child

DEAR AMY: My wife of 11 years started transitioning into menopause a few months ago. "Sally" is now 54, and our adolescent daughter "Maggie" is really starting to be affected by her mom's mood swings. Sally's mood can change at the drop of a hat.

Woman wants to leap into blended family

DEAR AMY: I have been dating a father of three children for about six months now. I can't help feeling a little left out when it comes to certain things that are between him and his children, though.

Husband plays games; marriage is the loser

DEAR AMY: Recently I got a phone call from a local video game store advising me that my husband had won a new game console from a store contest. I called my husband, and he was excited to pick up his prize.

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