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Ask Miriam | How to Deal With Allergies at Thanksgiving

Dear Miriam, In the past year, I discovered that I have a number of food sensitivities to common items, including some spices. While my reactions...
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Ask Miriam | Ode to an Odorous Patron

Dear Miriam, A new patron has started frequenting my favorite coffee shop, and I'm not sure what to do. He has terrible body odor, which...
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Ask Miriam | Should I Have Stood up More for My Child?

Dear Miriam, My family recently attended a fall festival that had a semisupervised children's play area. The attendant checked kids in and vaguely made sure...
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Ask Miriam | How Do You Teach Gratitude to Children?

Dear Miriam, How can I teach gratitude to my middle class, privileged 6-year-old? He takes his belongings for granted, doesn't understand the value of things...
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Ask Miriam | Answer the Hard Questions This Holiday Season

Dear Readers, Forget logistics for a minute. No one cares what you're eating at break fast or what materials your sukkah is made out of....
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Ask Miriam | Do High Holiday Synagogue Visitors Have Further Financial Obligations?

Dear Miriam, What is the obligation to donate to the High Holiday fundraising pledge if you are a visitor? Does that obligation change if you...

Ask Miriam | Looking for Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions

Dear Miriam, Can you help me compile a list of the best witty retorts and evasive platitudes to use in response to nosy questions? Like...
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Ask Miriam | How Do You Handle a Parenting Disagreement in Public

Dear Miriam, What are your thoughts on handling a parenting disagreement with your spouse in public, like at a friend's house or family gathering when...
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Ask Miriam | It’s Not Too Late to Rectify a Forgotten Thank You

Dear Miriam, Back in May, a colleague at a satellite office helped me arrange a meeting in her space. She went above and beyond my...
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Ask Miriam | Is There A Cure for the End of Summer Blues?

Dear Miriam, It is better to spend Labor Day conscientiously preparing for the beginning of the year and getting my life in working order, or...