Reality Check

My son is being bullied

Dear Carolyn, My 10 year-old son is being bullied at school and I’m not sure how to handle it.  When I was a boy, I was teased for being overweight and wearing glasses. My son is teased because he’s got a learning disability. I feel helpless because I’m on the road most of the time and my wife is too shy to be assertive with the school. What do you think I should do? He comes home ...

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Trucker image improving

Dear Carolyn, I am dating a long-haul truck driver who is very fit, very healthy and very smart. We run together and met at a marathon training clinic. When I tell people about how great my guy is, they don't believe me. I've never gone out with a trucker before but I don't understand the negative stereotypes associated with trucking. My brother is a lawyer who is tending bar at Ruby Tuesday's and my sister is ...

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Melanoma Monday

Dear Readers, Long distance drivers are more at risk for skin cancer on the left side of their bodies. Wear sunscreen every day and get regular check-ups. http://todayhealth.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/07/11504351-its-melanoma-monday-4-summer-skin-tips-you-should-know?lite Watching out for you! Carolyn  

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Trucks and women, then and now

What’s old is new again. Here is an old Overdrive Magazine cover and here is a recent Overdrive photo shoot of a pretty girl and Gene McKinney’s 2000 Peterbilt 379 wrecker. What do you think? Is this traditional approach too retro for our politically correct world?

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Trucker finds real Facebook friends

Dear Carolyn, I have been going through a really rough time lately. Believe it or not, I have found strength through other truckers I have met online. These "strangers" have given me good advice, prayed for me and helped me make it through the darkest time of my life. I know you don't believe that they can be "real friends" but compared to the people in my so-called "real life," these people are way better. I think ...

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Oh what a tangled web we weave

Dear Carolyn, I met a really nice gal through a dating website. We hit it off and have so much in common it’s like we were meant to be. Her dad is a trucker so she even understands the life. We've made plans to meet in a few weeks and are both very excited to finally get together in real life. However, I have one big problem. I sent her an old photo of me when I ...

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Not a healthy Subway choice

  Dear Carolyn, My husband feels virtuous because he eats at Subway when he's on the road.  He says, “If it’s good enough for Jared, it’s good enough for me.” I disagree. His favorite sub is the Meatball Pepperoni Melt. I contend that just the name itself screams, “heart attack!” My husband is 55 years-old, 50 pounds overweight and has high blood pressure. He reads you all the time and may listen to what you have to say. ...

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Is this a red flag?

Dear Carolyn, I’ve been dating a new guy for about three months now and everything is going well. He’s smart, cute, funny and ambitious. He also owns his own truck and is about to buy two more trucks and start a small company. That’s the good news. The bad news is that when we go out to eat he’s rude and unpleasant to the server. Last night he made our waitress cry because she forgot to ...

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Is it possible to change?

  Dear Carolyn, Can people change? I’ve been reading you for a long time and you seem like an optimistic gal. I don’t think you’d be giving all the advice about eating healthy, getting fit, improving your mind and such if you didn’t believe it. So please answer honestly. I want to change my unhealthy ways but I don’t know if it’s truly possible. Frank Dear Frank, Yes and I don’t know. Yes, I have seen people change for the better. ...

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Trust issues

Dear Carolyn, I accidentally saw a text message on my husband’s phone when I was cleaning out his truck. It was from an old high school girlfriend that lives in another state. I had no idea they were in contact. There was nothing flirty in the messages but just the fact that he didn’t mention her makes me feel sick. Should I confront him with this or will he be rightfully mad that I invaded his ...

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