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

Widower hopes to move from grief into healing

Dear Amy: My wife of 33 years recently died from breast cancer. I am thinking about collecting my wife's belongings and allowing my two daughters and other family members to take what they want. I am determined to carry out my plans on my timetable.

When couples split, who gets each ex?

DEAR AMY: A couple very close to my husband and me split up recently due to repeated infidelity on her part. The husband confides in us and lives nearby. Lately she has asked to take part in family events to which her ex-husband has been invited.

Young relative does a poor job at home repair

DEAR AMY: I am a single middle-aged female. Recently, a young male relative offered to come for a weekend and help with some of my bigger, heavy-duty projects. The process was somewhat disruptive.

Sister's gossip creates rift between siblings

DEAR AMY: I have a sister who has been mentally ill for 44 years, with schizophrenia. When my husband died, I asked my brother to share some of the responsibility for her care. Now that he's helping out he has more contact with our sister.

How do you know it's time to leave an abusive relationship?

DEAR AMY: I need advice, real bad. My boyfriend and I have been together for two years. He doesn't show me that he loves me anymore. I am extremely attached to his family, so it's like losing them too.

Not for kids: Childhood sex takes hefty toll

DEAR AMY: I am a 40-year-old woman with a brother two years younger. We were raised in a house that had a lot of pornography exposure. At the age of 10 and 12 my brother and I started behaving sexually with each other.

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