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 wonder how to discipline other people's kids

DEAR AMY: My wife and I are friends with the families of two children who play with our 7-year-old son. We enjoy the parents' company and value their friendship. These children are disrespectful, aggressive and do not listen to adults very well.

Granny wants him to put a ring on it

DEAR AMY: I have a 23-year-old granddaughter who has been living with a 25-year-old man for over five years. I know she is upset about not getting a ring and approached him about it a few months ago.

Grandmother wonders if family is racist

DEAR AMY: I am a grandmother, with four beautiful/handsome grandchildren. Our oldest grandchild is a beautiful, blond, smart 18-year-old girl. She sees nothing wrong with this.

Niece wants to confront uncle about family secret

DEAR AMY: I grew up in a small town where everyone knows everyone's business. My grandmother recently told me that the father of her son-in-law is not his biological father. Once I found out about this, it made perfect sense.

Four months of dating, no first kiss?

DEAR AMY: I have a question regarding chemistry and what I've heard described as a relationship "intimacy gap." I met someone through eHarmony and have been seeing him for four months. He is kind and attentive.

Girlfriend tells 'little' lies -- a lot

DEAR AMY: I have been dating my girlfriend for nine years. Now with the kids gone we have been talking about getting married. I have talked to her about it and she feels justified doing so in order to prevent hurting other people.

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