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New voter already feeling like vote doesn't count
I am a new voter, but already I feel like it doesn't really matter whether or not I vote. I have been paying attention to what's going on in our country, and it's not good at all. The political climate is in terrible shape. I believe that regardless of who votes for what, the government will ultimately decide on how the country is run. I wanted to get your opinion on this matter and ask if you believe voting makes a difference.
Thursday, April 25, 2019


Brother neglects responsibilities of dog ownership
My brother and I live together in a two-apartment house. I like our arrangement. Even though we are both adults, we are young, and it feels safer having him around. He has a dog -- a puppy, really -- that he got about a year ago. Because my brother is still in school and working, he is not often home when it's time to walk the dog, so I have become the default walker. I walk the dog when I get home from work. He often sleeps in my apartment because my brother gets home late. In those instances, I walk him before bed, too.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Online education has its pros and cons
I want to go back to get my master's degree, and I am debating whether to physically go to a campus or to take classes online. I am hesitant about the online classes because I feel it would be much easier to procrastinate. However, it would give me more flexibility with other obligations I need to take care of. What are your views on achieving degrees online?
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Reader wants to support African American-owned businesses
I understand, as an African American, that supporting black-owned businesses is a must in the community. However, it is difficult because I find that many black business owners overcharge their clients. Do you know a reason for this, and if this issue will ever be resolved?
Monday, April 22, 2019

Spring cleaning brings up many memories
DEAR HARRIETTE: While doing some spring cleaning, I have come across quite a few nice clothing items that I forgot I had. I haven't worn them in years, but they have sentimental value. One dress was given to me by my mother, who is now deceased.
Saturday, April 20, 2019

Husband won't stop smoking weed in front of teens
DEAR HARRIETTE: My husband likes to smoke weed. Now that our children are older -- in high school -- I worry that they are going to think it's OK for them to smoke because they know their father does. No matter what I say to my husband, he won't quit.
Weed is still illegal in our state.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Friends don't want to hang out during allergy season
Spring is in the air, and like clockwork, my allergies are kicking in. I have asthma plus allergies, so I get all messed up until summer starts. I have medication and follow my doctor's directions in terms of treatment.
Thursday, April 18, 2019

After intervention, reader questions going to therapy
I am nervous about the idea of going to therapy. I was invited to go in order to build a stronger relationship with a family member, but I cannot imagine how talking to a stranger will help.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

After Nipsey Hussle's murder, reader wants to step up
We just lost a huge leader and influencer in the black community. He went by the stage name Nipsey Hussle, and he was only 33 years old. His death has devastated many, including myself, even though I did not personally know him.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Friend pushing to be in romantic relationship
I have a friend who I am sort of interested in, but I'm not at all ready to be in a serious romantic relationship with. He is very interested in being with me. Nearly every day he talks about wanting to take the relationship further. I do not really see him as husband material right now, but he does have great qualities. I want to take my time to get to know him better before making any kind of commitment. He keeps pressing. Should I continue to see if we mesh well, or is it a complete waste of time?
Monday, April 15, 2019

After gaining weight, reader is living in the past
I am having a hard time reconciling the fact that I used to be thin and physically attractive as a younger woman with how I look now. Today, in my 50s, I am much bigger. Yes, I dress well, but I'm definitely not thin anymore. My doctor recently told me that I am obese! I do work out and am trying to get myself in a better position, but I can't seem to stop talking about the way it was. My daughter tells me that I am always saying that I used to look just like she looks now. She tells me I say it too much. I don't mean to live in the past, but I guess I miss it now that it is gone. How can I accept who I am today, appreciate my past and work to get healthy?
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Boyfriend may be gaslighting reader
How can you tell if someone is telling the truth?
Friday, April 12, 2019

Daughter's casual view of virginity shocks parent
I was afraid to engage in any type of sexual intimacy when I was a teenager. My parents would have killed me. We were taught that we were supposed to wait until marriage. While I didn't last that long, I was in college before I did anything serious, and I regret it. The circumstances around losing my virginity really weren't good enough for me to give it up.
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Aspiring blogger debates rejecting job offer
I just got a job offer in a field that I don't love, but it will pay the bills. I have worked in this field already, so I have some experience. It's not a bad job, but it isn't my passion.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Husband thoughtless when it comes to dinner
I cook dinner almost every night, except for when I am traveling or when we order in, which is rare. This week, I was working late and let my family know. Turns out I didn't get home until after 9 p.m., and my husband made dinner for himself and my daughter, but didn't think to prepare anything for me. He knew I would be working late. When I called and asked him to make me a plate as I was heading home, he said that he had served them leftovers and there was nothing left for me. He suggested I could warm up a cooked chicken and fix myself some vegetables. He did not offer to do anything for me and copped an attitude when I reminded him that I cook for him every night.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Friend expects immediate repose, doesn't reciprocate
I have a friend who constantly refers people to me for advice. He calls and expects me to drop everything and support these people. I do my best to be of help; usually they are good people. But my friend does not return the favor. When I contact him -- even if it's just to catch up -- I usually get his voicemail, and often it takes him days or weeks to respond. How can I get him to be more immediately responsive? He expects that of me, but doesn't offer it in return.
Monday, April 8, 2019

Former friend threatening to write tell-all
DEAR HARRIETTE: A woman who used to be a close friend just informed me that she is writing a tell-all memoir about her life, and she plans to include me in it. There is no scandalous story about the two of us that I know of, but she and I were close for a long time, and she knows a lot of my backstory. Like most people, there are plenty of things that I would rather not see the light of day, certainly not in somebody's book.
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Friend's absence after party hurts host
DEAR HARRIETTE: I had a big party last week, and lots of friends came. We had a wonderful time. It is my practice to sit down and chat with a couple of people after big events and experiences just to talk about everything and remember the highlights of the night.
Friday, April 5, 2019

Reader shocked by Wendy Williams revelation
I just learned about Wendy Williams living in a sober living facility, and it shook me. I don't know her or anything, but I do know that she has been open about her past drug use. I thought that was behind her by a dozen or more years. She even started a charity to help people climb out of addiction.
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Boyfriend skeptical of girlfriend's easter fanfare
My girlfriend is a devout Christian, and with Easter coming up, she is so excited about going to church and dressing up for it. She told me that every year since she was a little girl, her family has gone all-out for Easter, buying dressy outfits, taking pictures and going to church. I am happy and intrigued to see all of the excitement around this and to see how happy the children in the family are, but I do not share the enthusiasm.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

College application scandal worries parent
I am worried about the recent college application scandal. While my family is not rich, we definitely want to take advantage of every opportunity before us as our kids prepare to go to college, including talking to our friends who are in high positions at universities, asking them to look out for our twins. My husband and I have never done anything illegal, but I fear that since this scandal, even asking about information on schools our kids like could be viewed as inappropriate. What can we do now?
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Friends upset about not being invited to party
I hosted a last-minute gathering of friends and family, and it was so much fun. I posted a bunch of photos on social media, as I normally post photos of what's going on in my world. It didn't occur to me at the time -- because I had kind of spontaneously planned my party -- that I didn't invite every one of my friends.
Monday, April 1, 2019

Reader needs suggestions after friend's heart attack
A guy I grew up with just had a massive heart attack. He lived to talk about it, but it is scary. We are all in our late 50s, and while we have some aches and pains, I think most of us consider ourselves pretty healthy. I know I don't necessarily take the precautions that I have been given over the years too seriously, and this was a big wakeup call.
Saturday, March 30, 2019

Reader upset by former colleague's lies of omission
I am struggling with how to handle a conflict with a former colleague who basically has rewritten history.
Friday, March 29, 2019

Woman wonders if it's possible to drink in moderation
I have a friend who just admitted to me that she drinks too much. She said she has been trying to cut down on her alcohol consumption, but it's hard. I know exactly what she means. After I got laid off from my job a few years ago, I started drinking a lot. I don't think I drink as much now as I did a few years ago, but I drink way more than the recommended amount for a woman.
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Party host questions sending last-minute invitations
I am hosting a birthday party for myself. I kind of decided at the last minute. The party is coming together pretty well -- probably because I have a lot of experience hosting events.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Independent contractor spends too much time in car
I am working with an independent contractor on a fundraising project. He seems to be good at what he does, but he does a lot of traveling to get to meetings. I feel like he spends more time driving to and from appointments than actually getting the work done. In this day and age, it seems like plenty of meetings could be handled by telephone or Skype, FaceTime, Zoom or some other interactive technology that is more efficient than jumping in a car to drive for a couple of hours.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Family may need to quit pricey club
I belong to a social club that has high dues but offers a lot of activities for my family. I have been willing to spend the money because it has been good for the kids, but this year has been tough for me. It seems like the costs have gone up just as my resources have diminished.
Monday, March 25, 2019

Dear Harriette
DEAR HARRIETTE: I have been paying the minimums on a pile of credit cards for years. I don't seem to be getting anywhere. I barely keep my creditors at bay. I have never had a high-paying job, and I have needed credit in order to make ends meet. I will not be able to work forever. I am worried that I will be paying these bills for the rest of my life. Do you think it is wise to go to one of those credit consolidators for help? I don't know what to do. -- Drowning in Debt
Saturday, March 23, 2019

Even babies experience colorism
DEAR HARRIETTE: My friend recently had twins. They are African-American, and one is much darker than the other. They are both beautiful little girls, but already I hear people saying things about the darker one, like, "She's cute for a dark girl." I hate this. I'm not naive. I know that racism runs so deep that people don't always realize what they are saying, but I worry about these girls and how they will be received as they grow up. What can I do to support them and their family? -- Color Consciousness
Friday, March 22, 2019

Reader questions how to handle begging
My mother told me that we should always share with those who have less than we do. To that end, I give to my church, and I occasionally give to people who beg on the street.
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Reader with kids in entertainment worries about predators
I have young children who are involved in the entertainment industry. My 10-year-old son is a dancer, and my 8-year-old daughter is an actor. We feel fortunate that both of them have gotten paying jobs already through their school and local productions. They have also met some influential people in the business who have offered to help get them to the next level.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Teen daughter takes a nap every day after school
My daughter is an A-student in her high school. She is conscientious about her work, and she helps a little bit around the house. In general, I think she is doing a good job. My concern is that this semester she comes home from school and wants to take a nap for at least an hour before starting her homework.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

10-year-old daughter doesn't like future stepdad
I am about to get married, and my 10-year-old daughter is not happy about it. I have finally found a man who wants to be my partner in life. He likes my daughter, too, but she is not kind to him. She is just a child, but she does not accept him at all.
Monday, March 18, 2019

Boyfriend ghosts on valentine's day
My boyfriend of six years and I broke up about a year ago. He said he needed to find himself and grow up. He never stopped texting me, though. A couple of months ago, he asked if we could get back together and try again. I love him, so I agreed to try. We spent time together over the holidays, and it was really nice. But then Valentine's Day came and went. He didn't even call. The next day, he called to ask my advice on an outfit he was going to wear to go out with friends -- without me.
Saturday, March 16, 2019

Woman uses next-door neighbor as baby sitter
DEAR HARRIETTE: My next-door neighbor had a baby about a year ago. She is a sweet baby, and I am happy for the family. What I don't like is how the mother will knock on my door with the baby on her hip and ask me to watch the baby while she runs off to do whatever. She is often gone for hours, and she never plans these outings. She basically dumps the baby on me. I get that she doesn't have family here, but I do not like the way that she uses me with no regard for my schedule. How can I get her to be more organized and respectful of my time? -- Not Your Baby Sitter
Friday, March 15, 2019

Seeing former boyfriend brings back old feelings
I traveled to go to a friend's big birthday party last weekend, and it was a blast. What was surprising, though, is that an old flame of mine was also there. Now, we haven't seen each other for more than 20 years, but I swear I got the same butterflies in my stomach that I had when we were dating years ago. We were together for three years, and we broke up when he went to graduate school. It turns out that neither of us is married. It sounds like he has had a good life, as have I. But seeing him again got me to thinking "what if?" Do you think it's worth it to find out?
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Elderly mother mixing up medications
My mother has been living in an independent community for elders for a couple of years now. Recently I have noticed that my mother gets her medications mixed up.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Family serves food reader can't eat
I am lactose intolerant, and my family knows this. Yet whenever I come over for dinner, they serve creamy food. Heavy sauces and cheeses are in virtually every dish. I don't understand it. I believe they love me. I remind them that I have dietary restrictions, but they don't take my needs into account at all. I take Lactaid with me so that I don't get sick, but I really don't want to put all of that milk in my body in the first place. What can I do?
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

After reading journal, parent should talk to son
My teenage son keeps a journal, which I think is great, though I didn't know about it. I was cleaning his room the other day when I discovered it. I admit that I took a peek. Most of the entries were benign -- just teenage angst. But one entry I read revealed that he has tried smoking marijuana. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised, but I am. More, though, I am worried about him.
Monday, March 11, 2019

Employee might want to attend church with co-workers
DEAR HARRIETTE: I started a new job a few months ago, and my co-workers are kind to me. The company I work for is pretty small, but it's definitely tight. You know how sometimes people go out to drinks after work to get to know each other better? Well, these people go to church together.
Saturday, March 9, 2019

Refusal to host family isn't a bad thing
Friday, March 8, 2019

Family makes jokes about niece's fiance
My niece is getting married, and we had an engagement party for her. In the past few years, one side of the family has been pretty rude to her, including being rude to her fiance.
Thursday, March 7, 2019

It's ok to talk to friend about weight gain
I ran into an old friend who I hadn't seen for a couple of years when she came home to visit her family. She is doing well at her job and was telling me all about it, but I am worried about her. She is still in her early 20s, and she has gained like 50 pounds.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Girlfriend's mom makes guests take off shoes
My girlfriend invited me to meet her parents; I was nervous, but still went over for dinner. I brought her mom some flowers and planned to be on my best behavior.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Visiting boyfriend's family requires planning
My boyfriend has invited me to go to visit his family in another country. It sounds like a great trip, but I have a problem: I do not have a passport. I have never been out of the country, and I'm worried about traveling to Mexico at this time.
Monday, March 4, 2019

Formerly bad cook wants chance to try again
I learned how to cook a few years ago after I had my daughter. Up to then, my husband and I ate out pretty much every day. Even if we ate at home, we would buy takeout. We ate healthy, all things considered. In our city, it is easy to find good food that is not expensive. Now I have a few key dishes that I make that are pretty good, if I do say so myself.
Saturday, March 2, 2019

Reader needs help getting organized
I am extremely disorganized, and it's catching up with me. I just scheduled three meetings that overlap each other. I can't believe I did that, but it's true. They are all personal, after-work meetings, but still. My friends feel like I don't care about them. My work is crazy busy, and I am so tired that I have been forgetful about keeping a good schedule. What should I say to my friends, and how can I get better organized?
Friday, March 1, 2019

Lack of libido puts strain on marriage
I don't know what's wrong with me, but I seem to have no libido whatsoever. My husband is mad at me because I have not been interested in sex for years now. He is a good man who hasn't strayed (yet), but I feel bad because it's not fair to him. How can I get interest back?
Thursday, February 28, 2019

Mom needs support system while child is on work trip
I am scheduled to travel for work for about a week. I travel for my job, but I have tried to scale back now that my mother is older and has some health issues. This upcoming trip is mandatory. I want to set up a support system for my mother while I am away, but I don't have any family in my hometown. Do you think it would be all right to speak to a couple of family friends to keep an eye on her? Should I hire someone?
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Parents disappointed when kids don't finish college
My husband and I are college graduates, and we always assumed our kids would go to college, too. Both of our children are in their 20s. They have decent jobs, but neither of them finished college. We are so disappointed. We know we can't live our children's lives for them, but we have read that you can definitely increase your salary with a college degree. Should we continue to encourage them to go back to school or just let them live their lives?
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

World Almanac
Today is the 57th day of 2019 and the 68th day of winter.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Woman's nails may be too wild for job interviews
My girlfriend likes to dress fancy. For the past few months, she has taken to wearing rhinestones and other jewels on her fingernails. It looks nice, but I'm concerned because she is about to have several job interviews for relatively conservative jobs. She hopes to be a paralegal, and she is interviewing at different law firms.
Monday, February 25, 2019

Colleague must pay his own way
DEAR HARRIETTE: When I travel on business, it is often with another colleague. We typically eat our meals together in between meetings, but we have to file separate expense reports. In the interest of time, I often buy my colleague a coffee or other breakfast items.
Saturday, February 23, 2019

Colleague must pay his own way
DEAR HARRIETTE: When I travel on business, it is often with another colleague. We typically eat our meals together in between meetings, but we have to file separate expense reports. In the interest of time, I often buy my colleague a coffee or other breakfast items.
Friday, February 22, 2019

Girlfriend does not prioritize intense conversation
My girlfriend and I have been going through it the past few months. We love each other, but we have not been getting along. I am a talker, and I want to work with her to talk things out. The other day, I was having an intense conversation with her about feelings, and in the middle of that conversation, she got a phone call from a friend. She excused herself and got off the phone with me to chitchat with her friend, then didn't call me back for an hour.
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Man upset that girlfriend is just one of the guys
I am dating a woman who is "one of the guys." It's a long-distance relationship for the two of us, which complicates things to start, but my issue is that she has this group of guys she hangs out with, and she gets all glammed up to hang out with them, drinking all night and laughing it up.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Single mom unsure of friend's adoption plan
I have a single friend in her 40s who has a good job and is a solid person. She told me that she is researching adopting a child. She says she loves her job and her life, but she always wanted to have children and doesn't want to miss that chance. She wants me to support this idea.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Freelancer friend unwilling to look for new work
I have a freelancer friend who has been struggling a lot in recent years. I feel bad for him -- he is trying as hard as he knows how, but it's not working. He can't pay his bills; his friends have chipped in as we can, but it is clear that he has to make a shift in how he earns money. Several of us have sent job postings his way, but so far, he hasn't seemed interested.
Monday, February 18, 2019

Woman might want to skip trip after credit hit
My girlfriends and I have taken a trip together almost every year since we were in college. Not everybody can go each time, but we try to go because it's a lot of fun, and it helps us to stay connected. The plan for this year is to go to Costa Rica. I had intended to go, but I was hit by the government shutdown.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Reader can't stand client's unnecessary criticism
I have periodic calls with one of my clients right before we activate a project, and I dread the conversation every time. Like clockwork, she finds a way to berate me right before we start going over details of the project.
Friday, February 15, 2019

Don't avoid the doctor because of weight gain
I was told by my doctor three months ago that I need to lose weight. I was doing a good job of going to the gym and working out, but recently I have slipped. The cold weather and a lack of motivation have gotten me into a funk. Instead of losing weight, I feel certain I have gained. I am supposed to go back to the doctor for a checkup soon, and I want to cancel. I am embarrassed by my lack of progress. What should I do?
Thursday, February 14, 2019

After shutdown reader wants to support local businesses
Now that the government shutdown is over, we are relieved that my husband will be getting paid again, but we really took a hit during that period. It is going to take time to repair our credit and to get on stable footing.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Parent wants son to stop smoking weed
My son is a sophomore in high school. He is a great student and generally a good kid. I discovered the other day that he has been smoking weed after finding one of those vape pens in his jacket pocket.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Woman sends disturbing video on Facebook
Someone sent me a Facebook message that included a disturbing video. Her preface was that it was horrible and that we, the people she had sent it to, should watch it and share it broadly. I rarely follow these kinds of directions, but I was compelled to watch the video. I am so sorry that I did. The video featured an infant being slapped, beaten and ultimately strangled. It was in close-up and not fake. It was the most horrible thing I have ever seen.
Monday, February 11, 2019

World Almanac
Today is the 41st day of 2019 and the 52nd day of winter.
Saturday, February 9, 2019

Dear Harriette
DEAR HARRIETTE: Now that the weather is so cold, I am worried about my mom, who is old and lives by herself. The other day, when it was well below freezing, she told me that her heat wasn't working well. I have invited her to stay with me for a few weeks -- until the cold blows over, just to be safe -- but she says she wants to stay home. I am not asking her to move in with me permanently.
Saturday, February 9, 2019

Boyfriend's smelly feet bring down the mood
Friday, February 8, 2019

Godson dealing with sexual identity
I just learned that my godson is gay, and it sounds like he is struggling with his sexual identity. His mom says he is drinking heavily and trying to act "straight" when he's drunk. He is having a tough time.
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Lawyer demands fee for making referral
I have gone to the same lawyer for more than 10 years. Today, I find myself in a predicament where I need a specialist to help me with a problem that is beyond my lawyer's expertise, but I feel like it's almost like breaking up with a hairdresser. I asked my lawyer for a referral for a specialist, and he got offended and told me he could handle it. When I pressed him on the importance of finding an expert, he said he would find someone but charge me a fee for the referral
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Employee doesn't want to participate in events
We are having several events to celebrate Black History Month at my job. That's all OK, I guess, but I don't really want to participate. This is not because I am racist. I don't participate in any of the other heritage events during the year, so I'm not discriminating. But these Black History Month events are much higher profile. I feel like I am going to be judged for not attending and possibly even called racist. How can I handle this and maintain a good reputation at work?
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Setting a deadline may help with selling clothes
I am cleaning out my closets and trying to make more space in my house. I have accumulated so much over time, including some pretty great clothing. I could give it all to Goodwill or the Salvation Army, but I also like the idea of getting something back for my clothes. I know that some people use websites to offload old stuff. What do you recommend? Part of me is concerned that if I go the route of selling at a discount online, it will just keep the stuff in my house for a lot longer.
Monday, February 4, 2019

Son wants to be police officer, to parent's chagrin
My son wants to become a police officer, and I am worried. I know that it is a so-called good, stable job with benefits. But I worry that he will end up being killed in the line of duty. Plus, these days the community doesn't trust cops the way they did when I was growing up. I know I can't make this decision for him, but I really wish he would go for something else. How can I get him to consider another path?
Saturday, February 2, 2019

Insured reader still can't afford health care
Last year, I had a series of medical tests that led to more and more tests. I was diagnosed with a couple of health issues that I need to deal with, but honestly, I can't afford to go to all of the doctors' appointments, let alone pay for all of the medications. And I have insurance! I work, too, but I can't keep up with all of the things needed to stay healthy. I feel like I am going to go broke trying to stay alive. I don't know what to do.
Friday, February 1, 2019

Teen daughter confesses to vaping e-cigarettes
My high schooler went to a party this weekend with friends from school. Afterwards, I learned that a number of the kids were vaping e-cigarettes. I have seen ads for e-cigarettes, and I know that they are highly addictive. When I talked to my daughter about it, she blew me off and said that none of her friends are addicted and "it's no big deal."
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Reader realizing that dad did the best he could
My father died nearly 20 years ago, and I am only now dealing with the grief that I had bottled up over the years. I realize that I was angry with him for many years for things that happened when I was a child. Now that I am a parent myself, I see that he was doing the best he could. There are things that he messed up on, but when I look back on it, I think that he did way more good than bad. How can I forgive myself for not appreciating my father more when he was alive? I feel horrible.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Husband doesn't want to attend destination wedding
One of my mentees is getting married overseas, and she invited my husband and me to her wedding. I really want to go. I like her so much. She has given us a fair amount of time to get ourselves in order, too -- the wedding is more than a year away.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Government shutdown victims should band together
Several people in my neighborhood work for the government, and the stress of the shutdown is wearing on them. My husband and I are on Social Security, so we rely on the government, too. We are in a situation that feels like a sinking ship.

I think it might be smart for us to band together and cook some meals.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Dear Harriette
DEAR HARRIETTE: I totally put my foot in my mouth. I was talking about the horrible things that often happen to women who have babies in their teens. I know I sounded high and mighty because I don't approve of teen mothers. I think it's way too difficult to provide a healthy life for the baby. Still, I never have meant to insult anyone. It turns out that my co-worker had a child when she was 16.
Saturday, January 26, 2019

Seventh-grader wants to pierce her nose
DEAR HARRIETTE: My daughter, who is in the seventh grade, says she wants to get a nose stud. A couple of her friends at school have gotten their noses pierced, and she wants to do it too. I am completely against this. She is too young, in my estimation, to make a decision that could affect her livelihood. I can say no, but I want her to understand that I don't think this is a smart idea at this point in her life. What can I say? -- No Nose Piercing
Friday, January 25, 2019











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