Asking Amy

Amy Dickinson
Advice, essays and snapshots on how it feels to be human
Created 04 Feb 2021
  • Christmas movie redux:
    24 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 34 6
    Hello faithful readers! I am so happy I got the chance to share a really fun Christmas-themed Q and A about holiday-themed movies with Boston film critic Ty Burr last week. If you missed it, it’s wort...
  • One Good Thing
    24 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 18 10
    I love the Christmas season. The lights, decorations, carol singing, and holiday movies. I’m a Christmas cliche, basically. I’ve also always found it to be an extremely stressful time, which I try to ...
  • The extra-special Movie Edition
    19 Dec 2021 • 7 min read • 17 5
    Hi faithful readers: This week I’m thrilled to introduce an entertaining Q & A with one of my favorite film watchers, Ty Burr: long-time movie critic at the Boston Globe and now with his own wonderful...
  • One Good Thing
    15 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 20 10
    I have been a singer my whole life. One of my earliest memories is of being placed atop a chair in the corner my Aunt Jean’s kitchen during preparation for a holiday meal and singing “Hello Dolly” – u...
  • Leftovers
    04 Dec 2021 • 8 min read • 62 9
    Before Thanksgiving, starting sometime in October, I noticed a marked uptick of questions sent into my “Ask Amy” advice column regarding leftovers. It started, as these conversations often do, with a ...
  • One Good Thing
    24 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 18 9
    I receive a lot of mail. A LOT. Of Mail. People who read my advice column can reach me in a multitude of ways: via email, social media, and … good old fashioned Postal Mail. I appreciate that there ar...
  • It's Not Just "Stuff"
    21 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 72 12
    A major plot point in the old movie “The Quiet Man” occurs when Maureen O’Hara’s character, who is separated from her household belongings by her brute of a brother, pleads to her new husband (played ...
  • One Good Thing
    14 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 23 14
    Welcome to November — the dankest month. Dusk descends at 4:30. By 6pm, I’m watching the clock, asking myself: How early can I go to bed and still keep my self-esteem? The answer is: 7:30. If it’s a w...
  • One Good Thing
    07 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 23 32
    Happy Birthday to me! An admission: I love my birthday with the white-hot joy of a child. People… I can't help it! But, because I am an adult, I hold realistic expectations about what a birthday could...
  • One Good Thing
    01 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 16 6
    I cannot think of when we’ve had a worse Fall season, weather-wise. A very wet summer followed by a warm autumn, followed by torrential rain and flooding has denied us our typical lovely frosty mornin...
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