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Reader Question #14: Spiritual abuse, maybe. How is a church like a high school Dungeons & Dragons game?

Dear Captain Awkward: I appreciated your advice regarding being open to the possibility that two siblings can grow up in the same home but have completely different experiences and interpretations of the environment. As I was reading I found myself identifying with the sister, whom the question-asker describes as still being stuck in the abusive […]

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The Year of Living Awkwardly

Friday is my birthday.  In lieu of presents, there is something I would like (many of) you to do for me.  Given that A Shy Guy Caught My Eye is the most-viewed post on this blog so far, I’m guessing that more than one of you can relate to this comic: If you read and […]


I like this post about how to promote yourself without being a jerk.  I’ve been linking CaptainAwkward.com hardcore on the Book of the Face and the Twitter. This is a good reminder that you have to self-promote your work (no one else will), so don’t feel ashamed, but also don’t be such a Dalek about […]

Reader Question #13: Don’t Stand So Close To Me

Dear Captain Awkward, So, I have been friends with this one person for almost 10 years. She’s my oldest friend. We’ve had our ups and our downs, like anyone does, right? Recently (well.. in the past few of years) I’ve had a sneaking suspicion that she was attracted to me (and was attempting to flirt […]

The King is Dead. Open Thread.

This is just to say that I am enjoying the new Decemberists album quite a bit, even though I’m used to more songs about stabbing and murder from them. Did they go on antidepressants?  The Crane Wife is one of my “desert island” albums, but this is pretty good.  “January Hymn” is sad in just […]

Reader Question #12: How do I deal with my boyfriend’s ex-from-hell?

Dear Captain Awkward: So, it’s like this. I met a great guy, and get this, it’s one of THOSE love stories where the girl winds up with the guy she went to school with, it was him all along! Hurrah for fairy stories!!! So, all well and good and life is great with us, but […]

Reader Questions #8, #9, #10, and #11: Short Answer Friday

Intern Paul challenged me to write some shorter pieces. I agree that it was getting a bit Cary Tennis up in here, but with 100% fewer references to Burning Man so I’m still feeling ok about it.  Let’s dance. Dear Captain Awkward: Why African Violets? -Just Curious Dear Just Curious: African Violets are lovely, but […]

Reader Question #7: “Thanks for trying to build bridges for me where you work! I think I will set them on fire.”

Dear Captain Awkward: A friend asked me to forward her resume to Human Resources for an opening at my company.  I know her socially, but not her work, so when I passed her resume to HR I said “I only know her hang out with, so can’t speak for her as a worker, but she’s […]

Reader Question #6: I’m worried about my sister. She is still very close to our abusive parents.

Dear Captain Awkward, I currently have a kind of weird situation going on with my sister that I really don’t know how to deal with. My parents and I are estranged, and after many years of denial and telling myself that it was always my fault (when in fact, it never was, it was just […]

Reader Question #5: How do I deal with a clingy friend who tries to make over my life?

Dear Captain Awkward: When I was younger I was a really wild up until college, where I was able to funnel all my rage and delinquency into my studies. I have a friend who still sees me the same way I was when I was bad.   I grew up in a rotten situation (abuse, people […]


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