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Tabby TerminationPrudie offers advice on whether a cat too old to easily care for should be put down.
Rumor Has ItPrudie counsels a woman hounded by gossip that she secretly put a disabled baby up for adoption.
Degree of DifficultyPrudie advises a letter writer whose fiancé is embarrassed about not having gone to college.
Terror Next DoorPrudie advises a letter writer whose husband is dangerously, violently obsessed with the neighbors.
Getting Out of HandPrudie advises a woman whose 14-year-old son is pleasuring himself too much and in odd places.
Mixed Feelings About a MixtapeMy boyfriend gave me a mixtape, but all the songs are weird or depressing.
The Lonely TeetotalerPrudie counsels a letter writer who doesn’t drink alcohol—and is constantly harassed by others for it.
Etiquette for Loaning Your PhoneSomeone borrowed my phone to chat instead of make a call. Is that weird?
Too Hot to HoldPrudie counsels a woman convinced her boyfriend’s good looks will doom their relationship.
MonsterKids from poorer neighborhoods keep coming to trick-or-treat in mine. Do I have to give them candy?
Can’t Stomach ItI was shamed for getting gastric bypass surgery. Should I keep the procedure a secret?
Naked and AfraidPrudie offers advice on whether a young boy should sleep in the same room with his nude grandfather.