Thursday, November 27, 2014 Kislev 5, 5775

Dear Miriam,

My sister is really pretty and a great person, but I think she dresses terribly. She works in a lab, which is her excuse, and she's a student, so she doesn't have a lot of money to buy new clothes. I want to nominate her for the television show "What Not To Wear," but I'm afraid she'll be really insulted. How can I nominate her so she sees it's for her own good and not just to embarrass her?

Signed,
How Not To Nominate

Dear Not,

Let me start by saying that I am totally obsessed with "What Not To Wear." I cannot get enough of it. Watching...

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Dear Miriam,

What happens if you meet an amazing girl (or whomever) but the person lives in a different city? Like New York. And you are in Philadelphia. But you want to try to make it work. Oy.

Sincerely,

Split in Two

Dear Split,

As someone who married a long-distance boyfriend, I'm perhaps uniquely qualified to answer this question. A long distance relationship can get serious quickly because when you are seeing each other, it's for concentrated amounts of time removed from other facets of your life. Or, you can have fun when you're together and not...

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Dear Miriam,

There are so many potlucks in Philadelphia, and I'm worried about gaining weight as a result. What are some strategies for eating at potluck meals without outgrowing all my Shabbat clothes?

Signed,
Potluck Pounds

Dear Pounds,

The best strategy for eating at a potluck is the same as at any other meal: Eat until you're satisfied, but not stuffed. Moderation is more difficult when you're faced with six different kinds of pasta and three different trays of brownies. Just remember, even though all these foods are in front of you, you don'...

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