My Daughter Wants a Tattoo

Dear Robin:

Our only child Kate is entering her junior year of college. She is doing very well and averaging a 3.8 while carrying more than a full course load to graduate early.

Her dad and I invested over the years and her college fund is healthy and should last until she graduates. He controls the money and Kate lives at home and works during the summers and breaks to save money.

Last month Kate casually mentioned that she was going to get a tattoo on her wrist in memory of her best friend who died last year in a car wreck. Both her father and I think this is a terrible idea, but her dad has told her he would stop funding her college education if she gets the tattoo.

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Cascadia Earthquake Anxiety, Part 2

(Featured image credit: Illustration by Christoph Niemann; Map by ZIGGYYMAJ /Getty)

Dear Readers:

Unless you missed Tuesday’s column or have suffered a traumatic brain injury, you should recall I began answering a question submitted to me by a Portland woman who is anxious about the “Cascadia Earthquake.”

Let’s refresh your recollection with a link:

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Sister Worried About a Gold Digger


Many of you have been slacking on reading the blog.  I know this to be true and I worry about you, because you are missing out on some good stuff.  

Please click, read, comment and share and you will find yourself in my good graces – an important place to be very, very, soon.  

Dear Robin:

My twin brother and I have always been very close. He is my only family. I am worried about his recent engagement and not sure how to discuss it with him.

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