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  1. Tell Me About It: Wedding showers can suit one's own style

    Relationships

    Q: I'm getting married in six months! I'm getting pressure from friends who want to throw me a wedding shower. It's really not my thing. Is this kind of pomp and circumstance required?

    Don't Want a Wedding Shower

  2. Tell Me About It: Spouse pushes the boundaries of trust

    Relationships

    Q: My husband and I are apparently at very different points as to the shape opposite-gender friendships take. He is an avid, hardcore hiker. He met a woman (also married) on a hiking forum and wants to take a weeklong hiking trip with her to an extremely isolated location.

  3. Tell Me About It: Friend wants bestie to share more feelings

    Relationships

    Q: I have a friend who is not good at expressing vulnerability. We've been best friends for three years and only once has she opened up to me about traumatic life experiences — and only then because we forced ourselves to talk about emotions by playing "Feelings Roulette." She never asks for emotional …

  4. Tell Me About It: Take control of nosy questions about kids

    Relationships

    Q: My husband and I have spent two years going through fertility treatment, so far without success. We keep this mostly private when we're asked — often — if we're planning to have kids, but occasionally if appropriate I'll say we're trying but no luck yet.

  5. Tell Me About It: She's considering marrying into problems

    Relationships

    She's considering marrying into problems

  6. Tell Me About It: Parents' breakup comes as a surprise

    Relationships

    Q: My dad fell in love with someone else and left my mom, who thought their 30-year marriage was great, as did we. They had lived apart for a few years due to work, and my father said they had grown apart for years and he wasn't in love.

  7. Tell Me About It: Inability to say 'no' isn't just about dining

    Relationships

    Q: We Americans are used to large restaurant portions. Often when dining out with friends, someone suggests an entree she wants to split, and since I suspect my friends all know I'd rather die than offend, I'm often feeling pressured to agree — even though I'd prefer my own choice. This also denies me the …

  8. Tell Me About It: Brother rejects vaccination for bro's baby

    Relationships

    Q: My wife and I are expecting our first child in about eight weeks, and under the advisement of our obstetrician and pediatrician, we've asked our parents and siblings who will be near the baby to get vaccinated against whooping cough (pertussis).