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Can This Friendship Be Saved?

Joan JerkovichOctober 3, 2017

I kept trying to call and text my friend for 6 months and he would never get back to me. I was worried about him because I know he sometimes get really depressed, plus I knew he’d just lost his job. He finally called with lame excuses, lost his phone, etc. I think his drinking may be part of this but I’m not sure I still want him for a friend. We all need and want friends like you! His loss i...

Want To Breakup, But Family Wants Marriage?

Joan JerkovichSeptember 27, 2017

My family loves my girlfriend. I feel pressured by them to marry her but am thinking of breaking up. We have a lot of history together, like trips with my family, and her being close to my family makes a breakup harder. I just don't feel the chemistry I used to with her. How can I work this out? This question reminds me of the wisdom of my own parents who thought it best to keep relations with bo...

Change Your Boring Life?

Joan JerkovichSeptember 19, 2017

There are just days when I feel like I’m that hamster on a treadmill.  My days seem to run in to each other, start the same and stop the same day after day, and I’m starting to wonder if I need a change.  I like my job and my life ok; it just starts to seem boring, like I’m living the same day over and over again.  Is this all I have to look forward to?  I can’t imagine living the next...

“Compulsive Overeating Is My Greatest Enemy”

Joan JerkovichSeptember 13, 2017

"Compulsive eating is my greatest enemy, but it is also my greatest friend. Both my parents are alcoholics. Living with a mom who is a screamer and a dad who is passive-aggressive drove me to food for comfort. Mom was a compulsive eater too. After her nightly fights with dad, she would retreat to her bedroom with a bag of chips, a box of crackers and two liters of soda. My parents weren’t there ...

Money And Marriage, Forever Fighting Over Money?

Joan JerkovichSeptember 5, 2017

The biggest arguments my husband and I have are over spending. I like to spend and he likes to save. I grew up in a family where my Dad spoiled me and I got everything I ever wanted. Sometimes I wish this were not the case because I know this has set me up for the number one stress my marriage of 27 years has had. Will this bickering over spending ever get resolved? Maybe before we hit our 50th ...

Dad Rarely Calls Sons After Divorce?

Joan JerkovichAugust 29, 2017

I cannot get my teenage son under control! He’s always getting in trouble in school, hangs out with the wrong crowd, and will not listen to me. 2 years ago his father and I divorced in an ugly situation where his Dad was caught having an affair. His Dad rarely calls and I feel so bad for my son and his younger brother. I feel like he could use a good male role model but my family lives many hour...

Dating Men Who Just Want Sex?

Joan JerkovichAugust 23, 2017

I was engaged to a military man who was killed in action 18 months ago and I’m trying to move forward with dating again. What I’m finding in the dating scene is men who just want a sexual relationship or a one-night-stand but not a real relationship. That’s not me and not what I want. How do I deal with this and find men who want a real relationship? So sorry for your loss…getting back to...

Is Fiancé’s Friendship With Another Woman Normal?

Joan JerkovichAugust 17, 2017

My fiancé and I have a long distance relationship. When I was last in town, he invited his friend, who's a girl, over to watch sports. He sat on the couch next to her until he noticed the look I gave him. He then moved to the other couch. Then, when we were eating dinner and ran out of plates, he ate out of his girl friend's plate without washing it. Is this normal? This does sound suspicious. ...

Angry With Mother’s Meddling In Wedding Plans

Joan JerkovichAugust 9, 2017

My mother is making me so angry because she is trying to make my wedding her own. I’ve told her that my fiancé and I are wanting to make the plans ourselves. We’re both established professionals and are paying for the wedding since I’ve been married before. With the help of a wedding planner, things are coming together nicely. Our biggest problem has become that my mother keeps trying to m...

Unappreciated and Passed Over for Advancement at Work?

Joan JerkovichAugust 3, 2017

I’ve been in my job for the past 10 years and I’m in a place of feeling like I don’t get the level of support or respect in my job that I deserve. I don’t feel supported when implementing new ideas. I’ve always been one to go above and beyond with my job. I will stay late while others just show up, but no one seems to notice, and I keep getting passed over for advancement. It’s becomin...

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