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Maria’s Musings & Advice: Tension with my MIL

By on May 12, 2017 in Advice | 0 comments

Dear Maria, My husband and I are moving away from our home town, so that he can take a job in another city. In fact, he has already moved there, and I have been staying with his parents since we sold our house. I hope to join him soon, but my job is demanding and they haven’t found a replacement yet. I get along with my...

Maria’s Musings & Advice: Hoping for the best

By on May 5, 2017 in Advice | 0 comments

Dear Maria, I’ve had some less than clear checkups lately that have led to additional tests. When this first started, I didn’t tell many people. I didn’t want to worry anyone. Now, a new round of testing has been ordered. I decided to tell a few more folks, and their reactions are what I expected: worry, too much...

Maria’s Musings & Advice: Love/Hate my Cell Phone

By on Apr 27, 2017 in Advice | 2 comments

I have a question about cell phones: How do we use them politely in public? I’ve been on both sides of it lately. One day, I was having an important conversation with a colleague, sitting on a restaurant patio at lunch time. A friend, who I used to work with, came over and insisted on showing me photos of his vacation. I...

Maria’s Musings & Advice: Happy Birthday, Baby

By on Apr 20, 2017 in Advice | 2 comments

Dear Readers, This week marks the first birthday of this little advice column. Thanks to my faithful readers and writers, we’ve made it this far! You’ve humored me, guided me, encouraged me, and danced with me. We’ve made our way through layoffs, loss, teens, and retirement. You’ve trusted me with things...

Maria’s Musings & Advice: Singin’ the Nonprofit Blues

By on Apr 13, 2017 in Advice | 0 comments

Dear Maria, I’ve worked for a nonprofit organization for a number of years. The former organization president now volunteers with our organization. Unfortunately, he is meddling in current organization work, while also serving on the board of a competing organization. He acts like he is still the president, and that others should...

Maria’s Musings & Advice: A Pep Talk for a Bored Worker

By on Mar 30, 2017 in Advice, The Creative Life | 0 comments

Dear Maria, I need a pep talk about work. I am a writer at a university. The work flow is feast or famine. I’ve hit the famine phase of the cycle. I don’t do well with boredom. What little work I do have I can’t find the motivation to do because once it’s done, then what? I need this job and am determined to...