My ex is still trying to control me, even though I broke it off

The dilemma I am 19 years old and I was in a relationship with a brilliant guy I met at uni. We were compatible and got along well, but as time went on he became a possessive, clingy, insecure shadow of his former self. I became estranged from my friends and my life revolved around…

From the archive: slimming down and shaping up, November 1966

From the Observer archiveLife and style How we kept fit came under the spotlight more than 50 years ago in the Observer, but sadly, all the cigs and booze were never going to help In search of ‘easy, lazy ways’ to keep fit: the health kick, November 1966. Photograph: Peter WilliamsThe Observer Magazine of 27…

7 ways to savor plums, the sweet, tart treasures of summer

I pretty much eat my weight in stone fruit throughout the course of the summer. No regrets. But plums? Those are especially easy to knock back, oh, a pint or so at a time.[Plumcots, apriums and pluots: How to keep track of all those hybrid fruits]With their vivid color and appealing mix of sweet and…

Ask Amy: Daughter wants to clean up after messy mom

Dear Amy: My Mom is 90-years-old and has had a hoarding/messy home problem, gambling addiction and money issues for the past 25 years.She is a compulsive shopper and was shopping almost every day when she was driving. Last year she had a minor car accident that totaled her car, so she does not drive anymore…

Peak summer corn doesn’t need to be cooked. This bright salad with snap peas...

Overview Ingredients StepsFor many of us, summer just isn’t summer without sweet corn. And while I like to cook it all sorts of ways — steam, grill, pan-fry, even microwave (trust me!) — when it’s at its peak, mere hours out of the field, I can’t argue with the logic behind not cooking it at…

Are breathing techniques good for your health?

Alan Dolan couldn’t afford market research when he started out as a breathing instructor in 2005. Instead, he took soundings from London taxi drivers. “I’d tell them I taught people to breathe for a living – they’d be in hysterics and say: ‘What a great scam!’” says Dolan. Recently their reaction has changed: “Now they…

Carolyn Hax: Doctors agonize over skipping a non-socially distanced wedding

(Nick Galifianakis/The Washington Post)Dear Carolyn: My fiance and I are both doctors in a midsize American city. We've spent the past several months, like so many in health care and in the world beyond, absolutely horrified by covid-19 and shocked that some don't seem to be taking it seriously. Given our work, we've been as…

Miss Manners: I’m clean and dressed. Isn’t that enough to go out?

Dear Miss Manners: When leaving the house, am I under an obligation to "look good"?I've had family tell me to cover my head during a bad hair day because "you can't go out with your hair like that," or to throw out clothing with minor flaws because "that's the way you are supposed to do…

Hints From Heloise: Keep on rollin’

Dear Heloise: My sister's house burned to the ground, and she lost everything. She said she wished she had time to get her photo albums out, as there were so many memories in them. This made me think. I realized I have several boxes with photo albums and memorabilia on shelves in closets throughout the…

Ask Amy: She wants marriage; he wants a clean shave

Dear Amy: I have been in a relationship with a man for 10 years.He is 71 and lives in another state (50 miles away), and I am 70. I am divorced and he has never been married.We both own our homes.When I had a job in another state, I would come home on weekends, and…
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