Advice from Melissa: My ex is dragging my name through the mud

Advice from Melissa: My ex is dragging my name through the mud

Dear Melissa, I started dating a guy who travels a lot for work and is often on the road. We were only dating a few months when I met someone local and we started talking. I had been very lonely, and this guy gave me a lot of attention so I emailed my guy and […]

Girl Talk: Farewell to a friend — In memory of Janet Rains

Girl Talk: Farewell to a friend — In memory of Janet Rains

Last week, the music went quiet all over Northeastern Pennsylvania when beloved local musician Jane Train (Janet Rains) passed away as the result of tragic accident. Her passing left thousands, myself included, to mourn and ask why something so terrible could happen to such a beautiful, amazing person who had so much left to share […]

Advice from Melissa: Labor Day means a confrontation with my boyfriend’s ex

Advice from Melissa: Labor Day means a confrontation with my boyfriend’s ex

Dear Melissa, My boyfriend’s family has a Labor Day party every year, and I recently found out that this year his ex is planning to come. He did not invite her, but she is very close friends with his sister, and she invited her even though he asked her not to. This girl is still […]

Girl Talk: Help is always available for those with thoughts of suicide

Girl Talk: Help is always available for those with thoughts of suicide

Anyone who has ever graced a public bathroom knows that after you lock the door and look around at the stall around you, chances are you are likely to encounter a vast array of graffiti. Some classics still remain as they had in generations before us: For a good time call some random number; this […]

Advice from Melissa: Living together not working, but he has nowhere to go

Advice from Melissa: Living together not working, but he has nowhere to go

Dear Melissa, I am struggling with my current living situation and I don’t know what to do. My boyfriend and I live together and things are not good. We fight all of the time and I want to ask him to leave, but I know he has nowhere to go. What do I do? Cohabitator […]

Girl Talk: Learning to appreciate the struggle brings grace, peace of mind

Girl Talk: Learning to appreciate the struggle brings grace, peace of mind

Growing up, I always imagined my life would reflect those I saw in the movies. John Hughes (sadly no relation) told a good story about emotionally backwards teens finding their way through love and life. Their parents all had spectacular houses, and a three-course family dinner was served every night while the family discussed their […]

Advice from Melissa: Boyfriend’s ‘demons’ are tearing apart our relationship

Advice from Melissa: Boyfriend’s ‘demons’ are tearing apart our relationship

Dear Melissa, My boyfriend has a lot of “demons.” I love him very much, but I feel like his addictions are tearing us apart. I don’t want to leave him but it feels like he is dragging me down with him. What do I do? Drowning Dear Drowning, Consider this your life preserver. You do […]

Advice from Melissa: Should I take a job opportunity despite my boyfriend?

Advice from Melissa: Should I take a job opportunity despite my boyfriend?

Dear Melissa, I am thinking about taking a new job because it is a great opportunity for my career path. The only problem is that it is a few states away and my boyfriend wouldn’t consider making the move. Should I just forget the whole thing? Leaving on a jet plane Dear Job Seeker, Congratulations […]

Girl Talk: Girl Talk celebrates its fifth anniversary, Melissa looks back

Girl Talk: Girl Talk celebrates its fifth anniversary, Melissa looks back

When it comes to anniversaries, traditionally, the five-year gift is something made of wood. According to Hallmark, the modern day five-year gift is silverware. I’m not entirely sure how one translates into the other, however nonetheless here we are, five years of Girl Talk. This milestone is bittersweet as the column has grown and changed […]

Girl Talk: Laughter is a key component in healthy, lasting relationships

Girl Talk: Laughter is a key component in healthy, lasting relationships

It is a well-known fact that my inspiration for being a columnist originated from my love of “Sex and the City.” While most of my adoration for the show comes from the true-to-live experiences of Carrie Bradshaw and her lady friends, the most poignant take away from the show came from the character Mr. Big. […]