Barking Dogs vs. Purring Engines

Barking Dogs vs. Purring Engines

Dear Maria, I live in a pet-friendly condominium neighborhood. Our neighbor above us works from home. Our dog is a bit territorial and sometimes barks at people walking by the building (walking their dog, jogging, etc.). We both work outside the home. Our neighbor has...
Revving Up a Compromise

Revving Up a Compromise

Dear Maria, My husband’s driving makes me nervous. Sometimes he drives too fast, and gets impatient behind the wheel. He usually abides by traffic laws, but there’s one thing he does that really bothers me: He runs stop signs on side streets and in neighborhoods. If...
Fine (Property) Lines

Fine (Property) Lines

Dear Maria, I have read every letter and response, so I know you have written about problems with our neighbors. Here is my problem. I moved into my home in 2011 and have had a crappy lawn since the beginning. The builder planted sod when it was 108 degrees outside,...
How to Balance Life and Writing

How to Balance Life and Writing

Dear Maria, I’d love to be a writer, but real life gets in the way. I have been writing for quite a while. I have been published online and have a blog, but between my day job and the kids, I don’t publish as often as I should. I need to contribute an income to my...
Mother of all Stereotypes

Mother of all Stereotypes

Dear Maria, My mother-in-law is the quintessential thorn in my side. She says awful things about people she doesn’t know, based on her naivety, judgmental heart, and sometimes based on her racist beliefs. It is beyond difficult to see her, to do anything with her, to...