Wanting to Help, But How?

“Comfort ye, comfort ye my people,” (Isaiah 40:1) January 16, 2018 Dear Julie: What can I do for a friend who lost her husband eight months ago? She is so sad and lonely but she seems to pull back whenever I try to get her out of the house. Shouldn’t she be getting over her loss by now? –Wanting to help, but how? ***** Dear Wanting to help: Like so many of us, you want to help a grieving... read more

Chopped Liver

“Comfort ye, comfort ye my people,” (Isaiah 40:1) January 12, 2018 Dear Julie: My parents live out of state and I’d like to visit them this Christmas. The only thing is they always grill me about when I’m going to get married and give them some grandchildren. I may get married someday but I’d like to find the right man first. How do I keep the conversation on the here and now? I’d like... read more


“Comfort ye, comfort ye my people,” (Isaiah 40:1) January 9, 2018 Dear Julie: My husband died almost ten years ago and I haven’t had any desire to date until recently when the neighborhood cop stopped by my work on police-community related business. We got to visiting and realized we had a lot in common. After several coffee “dates” he asked me out on a real dinner date. I had a great... read more

Tired of Waiting

“Comfort ye, comfort ye my people,” (Isaiah 40:1) January 5, 2018 Dear Julie: My boyfriend and I have been together for two years. From the first we decided to remain abstinent and wore promise rings. But it’s getting harder and harder to remain true to that vow. What harm could it do if we had sex once in a while? We really love each other and want to get married one day, but we’re only 16... read more

Sick and Tired

“Comfort ye, comfort ye my people,” (Isaiah 40:1) January 2, 2018 Dear Julie: Sometimes my mother seems so old-fashioned that I want to yell at her. Yet she has always been kind and loving to me and my brother, and I know she loves us . . . so I keep my mouth shut. How can I make her understand that times are different now from when she was a kid and that her old rules don’t apply to me and... read more