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Dear Prudence: The “Strangers on a Train” Edition

I’m a cancer survivor. How do I get people to stop commenting on my hair growing back? Help!

Aug. 23 2017 4:34 PMFound and LostI finally met my biological father, but my mom wants me to forget him.
Aug. 22 2017 7:30 PMDear Prudence Live ChatFor August 28, 2017
Aug. 21 2017 3:17 PMDeathbed AffairPrudie advises a woman whose husband is sleeping with his best friend’s wife—while his friend is dying.
Aug. 16 2017 1:47 PMHelp! An Old Friend Killed Himself. Should I Reach Out to His Girlfriend?Dear Prudence answers more of your questions—only for Slate Plus members.
Aug. 15 2017 11:10 AMLet Them Eat iPadsPrudie counsels a letter writer who resents other shoppers at the food bank because they appear less needy.
Aug. 10 2017 9:00 AMMaybe It’s Not YouI’m a woman, and my law firm said I won’t make partner unless I “smile more.”
Aug. 9 2017 7:15 AMDear Prudence: The “Panoply of Deviance” EditionI’m in love with a prude—how do I spice up our sex life? Help!
Aug. 7 2017 6:03 PMBurnt ToastPrudie advises a maid of honor whose wedding speech offended the groom and jeopardized her friendship with the bride.
Aug. 2 2017 11:54 AMHelp! My Wife Has Stage 4 Cancer. Is It Terrible to Hope That She Goes Quickly?Dear Prudence answers more of your questions—only for Slate Plus members.
Aug. 1 2017 6:00 AMRekindled RomancePrudie counsels a mother who’s fallen hopelessly back in love with an old college friend.
July 27 2017 6:00 AMRobbing the CradleOne of my colleagues is stealing my breast milk.
July 25 2017 9:01 AMIt’s Not a Blood DiamondPrudie advises a woman who loves her fiancé but feels humiliated by her flashy engagement ring.
July 24 2017 4:09 PMHelp! I’m Stuck in a Lease With My Ex, and It’s Ruining My Sex Life.Dear Prudence answers more of your questions—only for Slate Plus members.
July 19 2017 7:30 AMDear Prudence: The “Open It Up” EditionDo I need to tip every time an iPad gives me those pre-programmed options? Help!
July 17 2017 4:42 PMNo Embryos for YouPrudie advises a mother who wants to help her brother have a baby—but not if it means she’ll also have to help her sister-in-law.
Aug. 23 2017 12:00 PMHelp! My Boyfriend Cried All Week Because He Was Afraid of the Eclipse.Dear Prudence answers more of your questions—only for Slate Plus members.
Aug. 22 2017 10:36 AMHold One’s PeacePrudie counsels a letter writer whose sister seems intent on marrying her lying, unfaithful, thieving fiancé.
Aug. 17 2017 9:36 AMKissing CousinI found raunchy photos of my cousin on her husband’s blog. Should I tell her?
Aug. 16 2017 7:15 AMDear Prudence: The “Feelings Roulette” EditionI’m not sad my husband died. Am I heartless? Help!
Aug. 14 2017 4:23 PMForestalling the RoutinePrudie advises a letter writer who wants to convince a brother to leave his newborn son uncircumcised.
Aug. 9 2017 12:06 PMHelp! My Fiancé’s Daily Porn Habit Bothers Me.Dear Prudence answers more of your questions—only for Slate Plus members.
Aug. 8 2017 12:20 PMPlaying Daddy?Prudie counsels a man whose girlfriend is jealous of the attention he gives to two orphaned relatives.
Aug. 3 2017 6:00 AMColleagues With BenefitsHow can I get my (older, married) co-worker to hook up with me again?
Aug. 2 2017 7:15 AMDear Prudence: The “Mulligan” EditionI once told my tomboy friend no one would have sex with her, but now she’s a babe. Can I ask her out? Help!
July 31 2017 2:45 PMUnreasonable Doubt?Prudie advises a sister who doesn’t trust her brother’s explanation of why he left his job.
July 26 2017 7:15 AMDear Prudence: The “Radical Unfriendliness” EditionStrangers keep telling me I’m not brown enough to be Indian. Help!
July 24 2017 4:44 PMNobody Else Stepped Up to the PlatePrudie counsels a letter writer on how to support a difficult cancer patient when everyone else refuses to get involved.
July 19 2017 10:25 PMJust Not InterestedMy daughter has decided she’s asexual. Did she get it from me?
July 18 2017 9:30 AMI Blamed the VictimPrudie counsels a letter writer who regrets badmouthing a friend after she was molested.
July 17 2017 4:02 PMHelp! My 19-Year-Old Nanny Has Been Exercising in Our Home in Her Underwear.Dear Prudence answers more of your questions—only for Slate Plus members.

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