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

Lack of tears makes man question grief

DEAR AMY: Sometimes people write to you because they can't cope with their grief. My wife of 43 years died of cancer three years ago, and I still don't feel that I have had the appropriate reaction.

Online friendship needs vocalizing

DEAR AMY: I met a man online 18 months ago. We began emailing, which led to our current form of communication -- texting. I called him once and got his voice mail, which had a man's voice.

Nocturnal admission keeps guy guessing

DEAR AMY: My roommates and I have breakfast together on the weekends.

Crisis worker finds herself in a crisis

DEAR AMY: I work on a crisis line, and this year I'm also in a rigorous academic program. A few well-meaning friends have tried to offer me perspective.

Shopping addict builds mountain of merchandise

DEAR AMY: My wife is a shopaholic. Our house is starting to get full of all this stuff, and I am really worried about our future.

Sister wants to reconcile while mother is ill

DEAR AMY: I am the oldest of three daughters. She has stage 4 metastatic breast cancer and emphysema. My middle sister has devoted little time to any of us.

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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