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November 18, 2011
Q: I'm in my early 20s and working at my first job. When I started, I was told numerous times by friends and others to avoid interoffice dating. But of course, on my first day there, I noticed a beautiful brunette girl. We ended up dating, and she admitted that she had recently dated another guy in the office, that things had ended badly and that he had certain . . . ahem . . . sensitive pictures of her. He wouldn't leave her alone, so she was forced to go to HR, and he was moved to a separate part of the company.
FOOD
May 15, 1994 | By Elaine Tait, INQUIRER RESTAURANT CRITIC
What's trendy to nibble when you're tired of tapas? At Mia's, the new restaurant at the Warwick Hotel, they're touting novel noshes they call mezzano. The Italian word, which translates as "middle," originated with early spice traders as a term to describe the cuisines of their Middle Eastern and Mediterranean neighbors. That tells you the background of the foods displayed on Mia's 25-foot-long bar. If the bar isn't crowded - and it wasn't at the time of my late lunch - you can walk up and down casing the goodies that are lined up there in big, colorful bowls.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2011
Q: I'm a 40-year-old married man and, not to boast, I'm a fairly good husband. I do all the cooking and food-shopping, have a full-time career, help with the laundry, all the outside jobs, take the kids to school, etc. I shower my wife with affection, waking her up in the morning with backrubs, telling her regularly how hot she looks, spontaneously giving her hugs and kisses in the kitchen . . . and yet, none of that is ever initiated by her. It...
NEWS
December 6, 2013 | By Steve and Mia
T HE HOLIDAYS pose a dilemma for lovers, regardless of whether your romance is new or long-standing. What is an appropriate gift? Will my partner misunderstand my intentions? Is it too early in our relationship to buy a sexy gift? We asked romance columnists Steve and Mia to help guide you through.   Steve: So, Mia, what's the sexiest holiday gift you ever received? Mia: Lingerie. But it was from a boyfriend that I wasn't into. It weirded me out. How about you?
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2010
Q: If my first boyfriend from 40 years ago e-mailed me and sent me his phone number and told me to call, should I have called him? I've talked to him twice in 40 years. I didn't feel comfortable calling him. It has a lot to do with all of the rejection I've had all my life. At some point, you just give up. Mia: Miss talking to him, don't you? Don't play games, call that man, do it today. He'll be glad to hear from you. As for your man baggage, dump it. If you don't, you'll never find happiness in a relationship.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 2011
Q: My significant other and I have been seeing each other for 12 years. After six years of great sex, she started pulling back. She referred to my petting as grabbing. She never really liked to kiss. Then she stopped having intercourse. I consider myself a touchy-feely man, and I miss the closeness. I've stayed with her hoping that she would change, but she hasn't. I am 73 years old. She is 64, attractive and physically active and takes care of her health. She refuses to seek counseling.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 2012
Q: I've been dating a woman for about a year now and we're headed toward marriage. Everything is nearly perfect except in one area: Cooking. My love enjoys cooking but is terrible at it. I have suffered in silence - it's usually only once a week - but if we marry, I can't imagine spending my life eating her cooking. I'm not very good at it myself, but I can make meals that are edible, at least. She really enjoys being in the kitchen, and I know she'd be crushed if I told her how bad her cooking is. I don't want to mess this up. Any solutions?
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2011
Q After 10 years of marriage, my husband and I have divorced. I'm in my 40s and wonder what kind of men are out there and how easy it is to find one for a serious relationship. Your thoughts? Steve: As Meg said in "The Big Chill," "They're either married or gay. And if they're not gay, they've just broken up with the most wonderful woman in the world. Or they've just broken up with a bitch who looks exactly like me. " Mia: If you're a vibrant 40-something woman, you'll do just fine in the dating market.
NEWS
November 16, 2012
Q: I have been with my fiancée for almost six years. We were engaged and moved into a house a few months ago. Now she says she needs time and space to figure things out. Do I give her time? If so, how much? Steve: I suspect there's a specific reason for her cold feet. Find out what it is. Mia: If things drag on too long, it's not as if you have to sit around and wait for Miss Thing to make up her mind. You need to be living your life, and if that includes dating other honeys, then so be it. Don't be sneaky about it, though.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2010
It is not at all uncommon for a married man to parade his mistress around, especially in front of his friends. Men like to display their trophies to other men, whether it's a new BMW, a job promotion or a hot blonde. Mel Gibson openly displaying Oksana Grigorieva on his arm at various Hollywood events, while his wife sat at home alone, comes to mind. As for what you should do, that's easy: Do nothing. Your friend is old enough to know better, which means that either he doesn't care or he has a death wish.
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January 16, 2015 | By Steve and Mia
Q: I can have an orgasm several times in a day and still want more. When I get like this, it's like I'm on fire and nothing can calm me down. Whenever I meet a new man, I tell him up front how I get sometimes. At first, they're excited, but after a few weeks, they don't answer my texts. This makes me insane. All I want is for a man to keep up with me sexually, but that's really hard to find. I don't know what to do.   Mia: Maybe you're tuned up so high, your lovers feel they can't satisfy you, and that's why they go ghost on you. Before you get back out on the dating prowl, you should get yourself checked out by a doctor.
NEWS
January 9, 2015 | By Steve and Mia
Q: I'm a 32-year-old woman. I met a guy who on our first date told me had prostate cancer, but that doctors had operated on him and he was now cancer free. We had an OK time and he asked me out again. My friend said I shouldn't go out with him because of his medical history. What do you think?   Mia: Sorry, girlfriend, but you're not giving us enough information. Are you saying you're squeamish just because he had cancer? Or are you concerned about his ability to father children, or even just get and maintain an erection?
NEWS
January 2, 2015 | By Steve and Mia
Q: I have been married for almost three years, but my husband and I are separated right now. While together, I did some stupid things that I admitted to doing and apologized for. He would keep reminding me of my mistakes, and that put a strain on our marriage and led to arguments. He wouldn't let it go and sometimes he would hit me, which is why I left. He is begging me to get back together and I am tempted because I still have a strong attachment to him Should I go back and work on his insecurities?
NEWS
December 26, 2014 | By Steve and Mia
Q: I DIDN'T GET laid once in 2014. My New Year's resolution is to change that. But besides that, I don't know what I can do different. I take women out from time to time, but always end up in the friend zone. Mia: Not the dreaded friend zone! Once you end up in that category, it's hard to get out. The next time you take a woman out, make it clear from the start that you are her date - not her friend. Hold her hand. Pull out her chair. Pay the bill and when the night is over kiss her good night.
NEWS
December 19, 2014 | By Steve and Mia
Q:The holidays are coming up, and that means getting together with my extended family. I'm 25 and have been together for nearly a year with a guy I hope to marry. I'll be introducing him to my family at the holiday gatherings. Here's is what's got me in knots: my Uncle Earl. He's married to my mom's sister and, after a few drinks, he starts putting his hands on me. I have threatened to tell my aunt, but she's such a sweet, kind woman. I know it would humiliate her, so I can't bring myself to do it. My uncle only gets this way when he drinks, which isn't all the time.
NEWS
December 12, 2014 | By Steve and Mia
Q:My husband has suddenly started turning me off. His light, whis- pery touch irritates me and when he kisses me his mouth is always wet. I tried telling him but nothing changes. Mia: You told him once? Now, tell him again. And again. Take his hand and show him how you'd like to be touched. Take a tissue and dry his mouth off before he kisses you. If he looks at you like you're crazy - and he will - make a joke out of it and then kiss the heck out of him. Show him how you'd like to be treated.
NEWS
December 5, 2014 | By Steve and Mia
Q: There is a young woman who works at the branch where I bank. I think she flirts with me but I'm not sure. She seems to go out of her way to greet me, and she always holds small conversations with me. I walked in one day when the bank was fairly empty. She was talking to a couple of female coworkers when all three glanced my way, smiled and then giggled like schoolgirls. She is attractive and I have been told I am also. My question is, how can I tell the difference between good customer service and flirting?
NEWS
November 28, 2014 | By Steve and Mia
Q: I AM ONCE again a single man (age 64) . . . and I am new to the dating scene. I have been quite surprised by the expectations of the women I have dated in the past couple months. I'm thinking that when a man pays for a date, it is a gift, not an obligation. These women not only expected the man to always pay for everything, they made it quite clear that it was an entitlement for them. Dating can be very expensive these days. When is it appropriate for dating expenses to be shared, and what would be the best way to openly discuss this subject with a partner?
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2014 | By Steve and Mia
Q: I'm sick of this whole slut-shaming business. What is the difference if I date a guy for three months and then have sex with him or if I do it the first time we get together? Why should I feel guilty? I think I'm choosy. But I feel like I ought to be able to have sex when I want to, regardless of how long I've been seeing a guy. Steve: Slut-shaming is double-standard sexist drivel. When a guy gets laid, everyone congratulates him. It's good you're choosy, but if sparks fly right away, you deserve neither shame nor blame.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2014 | By Steve and Mia
Q: A couple of weeks ago my husband (whom I love dearly) and I attended my college reunion. While there, I ran into a former lover (also married), whom I hadn't seen in 25 years. I'd had only one or two drinks but it became clear that we were both still wildly sexually attracted to each other. We exchanged numbers. I've been sick and guilty about it ever since, because I didn't tell my husband and because I'm obsessed with seeing this man again - just to catch up. Can you help? Steve: What could possibly go wrong?
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