Dear Margo: Be Well

Margo_tall18Be Well

This will be my last column as Dear Margo. I have been giving advice for 15 years — first as Dear Prudence and then under my own name. I have been writing for newspapers for 45 years. The time feels right to retire from deadline journalism. I plan to write long-form pieces as the spirit moves me.

I am not leaving to spend more time with my family, but rather to spend more time with my inner child … the one who has lunch with girlfriends, shops, sleeps late and plows through decades of files (kind of a jumped-up version of straightening up your sock drawer).

I have greatly enjoyed trying to help a very engaged group of readers. Thank you for your trust, your opinions and for what you have taught me. Be well.

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Dear Margo is written by Margo Howard, Ann Landers’ daughter.


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82 comments so far.

  1. avatar FlowerPower says:

    Wow, I’m sort of sad to see your departure from the advice column. I’d like to say thank you for your years in giving your insight in people’s issues. I’ve been following you since I was in middle school (I was 13 years old I believe.) Throughout these 7 years I’ve mustered up the courage to ask for your advice once and it’s worked splendidly.

    thank you and best wishes,

    Giselle M

    • avatar Margo Howard says:

      Oh, my. Your message struck a chord, because so many teen-agers said they read my mother, and I could never figure out why kids would pay any attention to an advice column!

  2. avatar Lym BO says:

    WowOWow! I’m going to miss your awesome advice & all my compadres here. It’s been fun! Where is Constance in the Sierra Foothills (our notorious first responder), Belinda Joy & Briana B…. & LisaKitty anyway?! Rowl!

    Margo, I read Dear Abby every day from age 10 or so up. It’s a great way to learn about life from an adult perspective without having to ask an adult –or having an adult or bigger sister to ask. I can’t count how many times throughout my life I have quoted you, your mom or aunt to others about various issues. OR how many times your advice struck a note in my own life & I realized I needed to change something.

    You.Will.Be.Missed. Terribly! Happy Retirement!

  3. avatar Lise Brouillette says:

    Margo, teenagers bother to read advice columns because this is often the only place they can turn to for sensible, non-judgmental advice and accurate information.

    I always read you at Creators but, if I had known you actually interact with the posters at Wowowow, I would have come here before.

    I really do wish you would reconsider and perhaps do one column a month, you know, just so we get our fix. In the meantime, well, Mazel Tov!

  4. avatar Rustie says:

    Well Margo, more than anything else, I am sorry for myself! I will miss your column and may you be well also.

  5. avatar Commoner says:


    I’ve enjoyed your column for years. Thank you for your work and good luck with what comes next.

  6. avatar Judith Herrman says:

    I will miss you.
    I wish you peace and good times.

  7. avatar Diane Shaw says:

    Thank you for your insight. Good luck to you.

  8. avatar Rho says:

    Take care, you will be missed, enjoy life.

  9. avatar BeanCounter says:

    Thursday and Friday mornings are boring again…. :…..(

    all the best to you, my dear…..

  10. avatar Anais P says:

    Dear Margo, SAY IT AIN’T SO! I will really miss your columns written so cleverly and sagely. However, the fact that you will occasionally contribute other kinds of writing consoles me. I wish you a very happy retirement, free to enjoy life doing the things you like to do. Thank you so much, Margo!

  11. avatar LemurMcFemur says:

    You were (and are) my favorite advice columnist, ever….I’ve been reading you religiously since you wrote as Dear Prudence on Slate, and I almost always found myself agreeing with your advice. Always practical, yet warm and caring as well. Enjoy your retirement! You will be missed! <3

  12. avatar mlgerst says:

    I wanted to say thanks for all of the wonderful advice, congrats on your release from the deadlines, and have a great time with your inner child. I too, am one of your readers who followed you here from Slate and am wondering what I’m going to do on Thursday and Friday mornings to start my work day and am little ashamed that my first comment to one of your posts is caused by your departure.

    So from one of your many anonymous lurkers, be well and be kind to yourself, and thanks for the many years of reading enjoyment.


    • avatar Margo Howard says:

      To one and all: This is a sad Friday for me, too. I cannot thank you all enough for your kind words.

  13. avatar Helster says:

    Well, all good things must come to an end, as Briana Baran found out a few months ago. Farewell, wherever you fare, Margo. You’ve provided much entertainment and you did it with style, grace, and wit. Well done! Best wishes!

  14. avatar chuck alien says:

    You earned it, Margo. Thanks for everything… enjoy your goof-off time!