Lauren Forcella

The advantage of face-to-face education over online learning

Anyone with a brain in their head knows that learning in a classroom with a teacher will result in more comprehension and retention than learning alone in front of a glowing screen ...

Trying to stay straight at all-women’s college

Dear Straight Talk: I’m a freshman at a top all-girl’s college. I’m straight and broke up with my boyfriend to be here. There is tremendous pressure to fit in h ...

Girl faces pressure for not shaving, waxing

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 16 and unlike most girls I know, I prefer to be natural and don’t shave or wax. My friends accept this as my business, however, my stepsiste ...

Low libido affecting intimacy in young couples

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 24 and not sure where to turn. My boyfriend, 26, wants to move in together and make things permanent, but so many coupled friends complain that they ...

What bugs Millennials about their generation? Part 2

Dear Readers: If there’s one word to define this generation, it’s “distracted.” Smart phones, video games, on-line porn, surround-media blasting messages ...

What bugs Millennials about their generation?

Dear Readers: What bugs you about your generation? I asked the panel this simple question and their responses are, I hope, unsettling. As the first children to come of age in the ...

Teen wants help losing weight

Dear Straight Talk: This year, I want to lose weight. My weight affects my energy, my lack of a boyfriend, and how I feel about myself. I think my mom is scared I’ll become ...

Teen suffers post holiday blues

Dear Straight Talk: It’s the day after Christmas and I’m so depressed. We do this whole thing at my grandparents where my relatives buy all this stuff and we spend th ...

Underage booze parties can land parents in trouble

Dear Straight Talk, I recently met the parent of one of my son’s friends. I was floored when she told me she allows kids to drink at her house as long as they stay the nigh ...

Society and kids the big losers when children don’t read

Dear Straight Talk, Every morning I drive my granddaughter to high school and observe all the kids, every hand gripping a cell phone. I’ve been in the newspaper business 46 ...