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Advice goddess: 02/10

By Amy Alkon Rant’s tomb I’m a woman in my early 20s. I do fine getting dates, but only first dates. And no, I’m not having sex with guys on the first date, but I still never hear from them again. I ran into one of these guys at a party and begged him to […]

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Advice goddess: 02/03

By Amy Alkon Playing with mismatches I like this woman I’ve been seeing, but she’s really in love with me. I’ve been clear that I’m not ready to get more serious and that I’m really never going to be up for that with her. She’s chosen to stick around, but her best friend called me […]

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Advice goddess: 01/27

By Amy Alkon Urning curve My boyfriend of eight months was with his ex for almost five years. Unfortunately, she passed two years ago. I have sympathy for him, but occasionally he’ll call me by her name, and it’s really upsetting. I feel like she’s haunting his brain, and I don’t know how to do […]

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Advice goddess: 01/20

By Amy Alkon Leave story I had an amazing first date with this guy: dinner, a movie, a stroll around the park, and a passionate good-night kiss. That was two weeks ago. Since then, I haven’t heard a peep. How was it awesome for me but not for him? Were we, unbeknownst to me, on […]

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Advice Goddess 01/13/2015

You’ve got bail I am not attracted to “nice guys.” I’m in my early 30s, and I don’t think I have low self-esteem. I don’t like to be mistreated, either. In fact, I want somebody loving and faithful, but I find the guys I “should” be dating predictable and boring. (So cliche, I know.) I […]

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Advice goddess: 01/06

By Amy Alkon All of meh I’m a 30-something woman, and my best friend is a guy. We talk and text day and night, and I truly adore him. All our friends think we should be dating, but I don’t feel sexually attracted to him. I agree that we’d otherwise make a perfect couple. Can […]

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Advice goddess: 12/30

By Amy Alkon You delete me I’m trying to get over my ex, but I’m constantly checking his Twitter and Facebook pages, and I get really upset. I’ll see pix of women or see that he’s gone to some event and wonder whether he met anyone there. It’s crazy-making, but I can’t seem to stop […]

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Advice goddess: 12/23

By Amy Alkon Lawn and order How can I get the guy I’m dating to shave his neck beard? He shaves his face but not this thick scrubby hair he has all down and around his neck. Mercifully, the hair is relatively short; it isn’t Amish-length or otherwise truly beardy. But it really is not […]

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Advice Goddess: 12/16

By Amy Alkon American idle My girlfriend is beautiful, highly intelligent and interesting. She’s smart for a living (as a strategic planner in advertising), so I find it sad that she watches so much television – maybe two hours of it upon coming home from work. She could be spending her time doing so many […]

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Advice Goddess: 12/9

By Amy Alkon Belittle Richard My girlfriend says she likes that I’m smart but says I can be “on” too much of the time. For example, if someone pronounces a word wrong or uses it incorrectly, I’ll correct them. If they talk about their fad diet, I’ll explain why it doesn’t make scientific sense. My […]

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The Weight of water

Beauty, irony, loss By Susan Byrnes Photo: Prudence Gill, Over, Under, Around, and Through, 2015 Compared to many Midwestern states, […]

The Docket: 04/28

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Balls of steel Officers responded at 4:45 a.m. […]

Chew on this: 04/28

Core reasons to eat more fruits and veggies By Jayne Powers In a perfect world, the healthy tenets of a […]

Absurdism, Dayton-style

Meet the artist: Sarah Kane By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Sarah Kane, I Got You The Jelly Kind, 2014, archival inkjet […]

News of the weird: 04/28

By Chuck Shepherd Hard-hitting numbers In March, offensive lineman John Urschel of the Baltimore Ravens added to his curriculum vitae […]

Advice Goddess: 4/29

By Amy Alkon Shake it till you make it I’m new to online dating. I’m a nice, good-looking guy with […]