Featured Advice

Our volunteers at ElderWisdomCircle dispense such wise, warm-hearted advice that we couldn’t resist sharing some gems with you too.

We post a new problem and the advice here every day so check back regularly (or subscribe)  to find out what’s bothering our young letter writers, and what their wise older mentors have to say about it.

I hope you’ll feel inspired to apply their wisdom to your own life—and remember, if there’s something on your mind, our elders are always here to help.

Doug Meckelson
Founder

I hate my teammate…

…but my coach says we have to be friends. Not true, says our elder. She’s like a work colleague — ...
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/ / Friendship

One last party before college?

I’m going to college soon, and my parents aren’t making a big deal out of any of my “lasts”. Why ...
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/ / Family

My fiancé makes racist jokes

A letter writer and her fiancé don’t always agree on politics, but he’s really upset her this time. Should she ...
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Nobody takes me seriously!

All my life, I’ve been dismissed and brushed aside. I have a successful life — so why is everyone still ...
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/ / Self-Improvement

School… or sailing the world?

I love my university but I’m a free spirit at heart. How can I follow my passion for adventure? You ...
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/ / School

She checked out of our marriage

I’m working hard to save our marriage — I stopped drinking and even went to church! But my wife won’t ...
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/ / Marriage

Blackmailed into a friendship

My ‘friend’ has sucked all the happiness out of my life — but he uses emotional blackmail to keep me ...
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/ / Friendship

I gave up my happiness for her…

… and she’s still not happy! Should we move (again!) just to please my wife? I can understand your resentment, ...
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/ / Family

How old is too old?

I like this guy but I’m worried about the age gap — he’s 15 years older than me! Is this ...
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‘First job’ anxiety

I’ve just landed my dream job… but how can I stop the ‘what-ifs’ and the dread? You are not alone, ...
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/ / Career