Amy Dickenson, advice columnist for Ask Amy

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Ask Amy: Advice for the real world

In the tradition of the great personal advice columnists, the Chicago Tribune's Dickinson is a plainspoken straight shooter who relates to readers of all ages. She answers personal questions by addressing issues from both her head and her heart. A solid reporter, Dickinson researches her topics to provide readers with informed opinions and answers.

Ask Amy: Advice for the real world Samples

Family wants to exclude aunt from mom's memorial

DEAR AMY: My mother passed away recently, and my sisters and I are planning her "celebration of life" gathering. Mom was a loving and generous woman with seven siblings. What should I say? Please help me find the words.

Survivor sisters wonder how to confront their abuser

DEAR AMY: My childhood was rough. Not long after her death, my father started sexually abusing me and my younger sister. Flash-forward to our 20s.

Amy channels W.C. Fields for baby-loathing guy

DEAR AMY: I make no secret that I'm not a fan of kids. Those last two items are causing me trouble. I can usually put on a smile and pretend I'm enjoying myself for a short time, but people often ask two questions I have no idea how to answer.

Wife's grip on the purse strings is abusive

DEAR AMY: The company I worked for offered an early retirement package. I discussed this with my wife, and we came to the conclusion that this would be OK. She said if I took this early retirement I could help her with her home-based business.

Granddaughter is racially bullied by classmates

DEAR AMY: My wife and I live in a predominantly Caucasian town. For some time she has been the victim of racial abuse from some kids, and one boy in particular. I have been to the school principal about this, and the boy has been reprimanded.

Painful loss ignored by some family members

DEAR AMY: My husband and I recently lost a baby at 23 weeks. During this entire experience we were extremely upset by the lack of response from family members who know we were going through this.

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