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

Gramma wants to charge for baby-sitting

DEAR AMY: My mother raised 12 children -- eight girls and four boys. I have four children. I said I would charge her $20 a day with a promise from the parents to deposit my "fee" directly into their child's college fund bank account -- from Gramma.

High schooler worries about college cost

DEAR AMY: I attend a private high school. I know my current tuition leaves my family with just enough money to get by. I'm not that smart, something my parents haven't realized, so I am not optimistic that I'll get a "miracle" scholarship.

Time to recover from 'worst week ever'

DEAR AMY: I have had an especially horrible week. I received a low performance appraisal at work, which blindsided me because I'm extremely dedicated to this hard job.

Exes awkwardly try to reunite

DEAR AMY: My ex-girlfriend and I dated for almost three years and have now been broken up for a year. I was trying to distance myself to move on, and I imagine she was doing the same.

Chores pile up while Dad piles on

DEAR AMY: My husband and I have been married for a few years. He recently accepted a new job that has him working about 60 hours a week.

Senior daters disagree about intimacy

DEAR AMY: I am a good-looking, active senior widower. I treated her like a princess, took her to very nice restaurants, movies, concerts, etc.

Beer protects women from rheumatoid arthritis, suggest Harvard researchers

We don't have a way yet to cure or prevent rheumatoid arthritis—the condition that occurs when the body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue, leading to painful inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues.

Inactivity the biggest risk for developing heart disease

Many factors put you at risk for developing heart disease, such as being overweight, smoking, and having high blood pressure.

New thinking on niacin use

Using niacin to raise "good" cholesterol doesn't lower your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

Is exercise really medicine?

The many benefits of physical activity are continually backed by mounting research. Exercise is medicine. The health benefits of exercise have been noted since Biblical times.

Key minerals to help control blood pressure

It's usually best to get calcium, magnesium, and potassium from food. A healthy, balanced diet plays a major role in blood pressure control.

Start a walking program in 3 easy steps

Map out a route, dress appropriately, and follow our quick-start guide to get going. As we said on page 1, exercise is medicine, and walking is a very common and good form of exercise.

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