Miriam's Advice Well

From dating to parenting, Miriam welcomes all questions. Posted every Monday.

Dear Miriam | How Do You Answer a Dreaded Question?

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My career has always been somewhat difficult to explain to people outside my field.

Dear Miriam | Paying For Non-Kosher Lunch Doesn’t Seem Kosher

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My boss is retiring, and our office is dipping our toes back into communal meals and celebrations.

Dear Miriam | How Do You Deal With a Bigoted Acquaintance?

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Dear Miriam, I just found out that a friend of a friend holds some bigoted beliefs that I find extremely problematic.

Dear Miriam | Peach Picking Prompts Perturbed Problem

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I recently went peach picking with a friend. I ate a peach (or two) while we were in the field, and my friend waited until we paid to eat from her own basket.

Dear Miriam | With Kids at Camp, Should I Declutter?

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Now that my kids are at camp for the summer (thank God!), what are the ethics of throwing away things?

Dear Miriam | Food Allergies Nothing to Sneeze About

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The kids on my block play together frequently, and one or another of them will often go inside to get a snack to share, something like a big bag of chips, or a sleeve of cookies, that sort of thing.

Dear Miriam | Addressing Abounding Outdoor Issues

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In this almost post-COVID world that contains both a lot of outdoor entertaining and an increasing amount of summertime heat, what are the best practices for staying comfortable and respecting other people outside?

Dear Miriam | Mask Wearing More Complicated Than Ever

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What are your thoughts on mask-wearing in situations that are no longer considered, by current guidelines, to be necessary?

Dear Miriam | Gift Baskets Create Kosher Conundrum

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I recently had some colleagues and friends send me a few gift baskets with food items.

Dear Miriam | How Do You Bow Out Gracefully?

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About 10 years ago, I was part of starting a book club, which has met regularly since then and been a significant part of my social life.