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

Sometimes 'I love you' seems like a threat

DEAR AMY: My husband and I have been married for three years, and I have known his family for five years. A few years ago we had a falling-out when the parents threw me to the wolves. My in-laws never apologized, but I have forgiven them.

Woman needs to stop coming out -- and simply 'be' out

DEAR AMY: I'm a 20-year-old female from a rural area. When I was 17 I went to a party; there was a girl there I liked, but she came with a guy. That was my only experience with another woman -- but I know I'm bisexual.

Secret passion leads to awkward friendship

DEAR AMY: Almost two years ago, I fell hard for a man who at the time was my professor. A number of months after graduating, I had the opportunity to visit with him. I was shocked when he said that the feeling was mutual.

Boyfriend will either pay his way or stay home

DEAR AMY: My boyfriend and I are in our early 30s. I'd like to ask them if my boyfriend can join us.

Old friends wonder how to help when friends start to fail

DEAR AMY: We have old friends who have enjoyed life for most of their marriage. They traveled, socialized, attended many events and were always looking forward to something.

Amy offers advice for an advice-giver

DEAR AMY: I have a really good friend who is having some personal issues. I wasn't too sure if I was giving her good advice, so I had another friend talk to her about it, but she still doesn't seem to respond to it.

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