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

Aunt feels invisible with no acknowledgment

DEAR AMY: In yesterday's mail we received a birth announcement of a new great-nephew, addressed only to my husband.

Woman resents her guy's claim to fatherhood

DEAR AMY: My boyfriend and I have been together for 12 years and have a 9-year-old child. My boyfriend has three kids from a previous relationship. Naturally that child thinks my boyfriend is its father and calls him "Dad."

Cohabiting might not fit into boyfriend's family values

DEAR AMY: I am in a new relationship. I am 35 and have been living on my own for over 10 years. He is having a harder time adjusting to this change than I expected. I'm hurt and think he is no longer excited about taking this step.

Friend refuses to cash daughter's graduation check

DEAR AMY: I have a friend whose daughter and mine were classmates in intermediate and middle school. She sent my daughter a graduation gift, a check for $100. Weeks later, we went out to lunch with two other friends.

Teen wonders if her dreams mean she is bisexual

DEAR AMY: I am a girl in high school. However, I have had many dreams involving girls. So am I bisexual? Please help, I'm feeling really confused. DEAR UNSURE: First off, you are "normal."

Parents seek insight into teen daughter's depression

DEAR AMY: My middle daughter is 18 years old and a senior in high school. Over the last several months, I have noticed her withdrawing from friends and activities, and spending large amounts of time in her room watching movies on her computer.

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