Yeah Yeah Yeah Ali

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Ali is an advice column that runs every Friday on NEPA Scene. E-mail your anonymous question to alinepascene@gmail.com to be featured in a future column.

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YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, ALI: 5 ways to spot an adult bully – and how to avoid them

YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, ALI: 5 ways to spot an adult bully – and how to avoid them

I know it has been a while. A lot – some good, some bad – has happened this summer. Sometimes in order to write, you need to live your life and let it sink in. I lost my grandmother last month, and I have to admit, it’s been hard. I say the contrite phrases to […]

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YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, ALI: RSVP etiquette – 5 things NOT to do when you’re invited to an event

YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, ALI: RSVP etiquette – 5 things NOT to do when you’re invited to an event

Summer and graduation parties, weddings, cookouts, and other outdoor events are upon us. We are bombarded with Facebook invites, texts and, occasionally, paper invitations. We often ignore these invites or say that that we are going and don’t show. Sometimes it doesn’t matter if we do this, but sometimes it does, especially if it’s someone’s […]

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YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, ALI: 5 ways to prepare to meet your online date and have a good time

YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, ALI: 5 ways to prepare to meet your online date and have a good time

“You don’t know how awkward I can be…” This or some twisted version is what I hear from first online dates. Their desperation clings to the last semblance of intelligible words that dribble from their mouths like coffee spilling on a white, neatly pressed shirt. Then, they freeze, deer in headlights, with a look of […]

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YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, ALI: 6 tips for a better online dating experience

YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, ALI: 6 tips for a better online dating experience

As summer approaches and cookouts are abundant, some of us single people may feel awkward or isolated at times. We see our friends with their significant others, being adorably obnoxious by putting their arms around one another, feeding each other potato chips (and yet we fail to notice the mess they make with the crumbs), […]

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YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, ALI: Welcome (back) to Pennsylvania – moving home and starting over

YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, ALI: Welcome (back) to Pennsylvania – moving home and starting over

“Pennsylvania Welcomes You.” This oblique metal sign had welcomed me again, again, and again, but this time, I truly felt at home. I thought about what I left behind and what was to come. As I scaled up Appalachia, I reminisced about what brought me here: family, friends, mountains, lakes, and a broken heart. I […]

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YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, ALI: How do I find a job or career that makes me happy?

YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, ALI: How do I find a job or career that makes me happy?

I am glad to read your incoming letters again, yet I am sorry simultaneously. You know I know what it’s like to have a crappy job and/or be jobless. Being an adult sucks sometimes, especially when you are experiencing career dissatisfaction and indecision. “Daydreaming until the Weekend” writes: Dear Ali, I once heard that if […]

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YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, ALI: Some perspective when you’re unemployed

YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, ALI: Some perspective when you’re unemployed

Here I am again, with my usual blunt-as-a-baseball-bat hard-hitting truth and biting sarcasm for another episode of Yeah, Yeah, Yeah Ali’s drama. Since you haven’t been writing into me, I decided I would talk about myself until you do. If you choose to, write me a juicy question at alinepascene@gmail.com. So, back to business. I […]

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YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, ALI: How to stay positive when everything seems negative

YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, ALI: How to stay positive when everything seems negative

When it rains, it pours, and my life so far in 2015 has been raining misery. I lost my boyfriend, friends, dog, job, and may lose my apartment. It sounds like a great country song! Things could be worse, but they could be a lot better! I am not looking forward to the end result […]

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YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, ALI: Help! My boyfriend is always cryptic!

YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, ALI: Help! My boyfriend is always cryptic!

“Perpetually Confused Girlfriend” writes: Dear Ali, I have been dating this guy for about six months. I know that’s not a long time, but sometimes I feel as if we are good for each other and have potential to develop into a more serious relationship (e.g. moving in together). He recently brought up that he […]

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YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, ALI: 5 simple ways to beat the winter blues

YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, ALI: 5 simple ways to beat the winter blues

Are you feeling the winter blues? If you haven’t thus far, you are lucky, but January and February tend to be the most depressing months of the year, with the after-holidays lull, your losing football team (if you care about that), and Valentine’s Day, which seems to be the most depressing of all if you’re […]