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

Drunken party leads to violence, kisses, confusion

DEAR AMY: My boyfriend and I hosted a party. His roommate helped me calm down, and then I reached over and kissed his roommate. I feel terrible about what happened because I would never have cheated on my boyfriend if I were sober.

Pot addiction holds family in its grip

DEAR AMY: My husband of five years is addicted to marijuana. He smokes every day -- in the morning, afternoon and night.

Dad worries son's life might go to pot

DEAR AMY: My 18-year-old son started college this year. I have asked him to stop many times but he chooses to continue to smoke. I know if I kick him out and take the car away he will drop everything he's been working for.

Long distance doesn't quiet voice of doom

DEAR AMY: I am having trouble communicating with my mom. I work and usually attend school, but I decided to take a break this semester.

Woman treats friend like a spare tire

DEAR AMY: I'm a woman in my late 20s. He does little things for me, like dropping off soup when I'm sick or sending me flowers. I think I would date him some day.

Long ago abuse haunts survivor

DEAR AMY: My sister's ex-husband tried to molest me from the time I was 11 years old until I was 17. He divorced my sister after abusing her, which resulted in her trying to commit suicide and being committed to a hospital for several months.

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