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

Partner competes with porn for attention

Dear Amy: I met my boyfriend in my first year of college. We've been in a monogamous relationship for five years. The sexual side of our relationship has fizzled out and it's affecting other aspects of our relationship.

College grad returns home to a hoarder

Dear Amy: My mother is a hoarder. She and my father had both told me the house was "getting better," but upon coming back home I saw this is not the case.

Widower hopes to move from grief into healing

Dear Amy: My wife of 33 years recently died from breast cancer. I am thinking about collecting my wife's belongings and allowing my two daughters and other family members to take what they want. I am determined to carry out my plans on my timetable.

When couples split, who gets each ex?

DEAR AMY: A couple very close to my husband and me split up recently due to repeated infidelity on her part. The husband confides in us and lives nearby. Lately she has asked to take part in family events to which her ex-husband has been invited.

Young relative does a poor job at home repair

DEAR AMY: I am a single middle-aged female. Recently, a young male relative offered to come for a weekend and help with some of my bigger, heavy-duty projects. The process was somewhat disruptive.

Sister's gossip creates rift between siblings

DEAR AMY: I have a sister who has been mentally ill for 44 years, with schizophrenia. When my husband died, I asked my brother to share some of the responsibility for her care. Now that he's helping out he has more contact with our sister.

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