Heavy Meddle with Steve Almond was WBUR's advice column. The series ran from 2013 to 2017.
After 231 editions of Heavy Meddle, Steve Almond is hanging up his spurs as Cognoscenti’s resident advice columnist.
A daughter wants her father to be honest with her about his history as a sexual harasser.
The problem is, she invited them in and they have no intention of leaving.
A special ed instructor battles to grant herself the right to leave a toxic workplace.
An allegation of molestation becomes the dividing line for a family.
The problem is people assume “retired” means “available for every activity.”
Fears of “sounding stupid” trumped the letter writer’s desire to take a stand.
A bride-to-be finds herself weeping when she thinks about tying the knot without her loved ones beside her.
Is there some sort of magic spreadsheet that will do the trick?
I’m OK with not being a bridesmaid. But should I throw a bridal shower anyway? Whose job is that?
A letter writer contemplates the mindset of those who willfully trash what others seek to beautify.
A letter writer struggles with the ethics of what to disclose and when.
A mother worries that she’s worrying too much about her son and the bad decisions he might make.
I feel deserted by her, but I also want to be able to lend support.
A sister worries that if she doesn’t intervene, her brother may give up on life.
More than five years in, a woman is starting to feel that she’s the only one working in the relationship.
She’s great with her grandkids, but kind of a mess. How do we deal with her?
Her aunt lost two partners in less than two years and wound up ostracized by her family.
A couple senses their good friend is suffering cognitive decline, but they’re not sure when and if to say something.
A loving sister finally reaches her limit with the brother she’s long supported.