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DEAR MISS LONELYHEARTS: I stayed late to work in my little back office this week and when I got hungry I went to the food machines. On the way back to my office, I was distracted and got off on the wrong floor. I heard some noise, and went to investigate. I saw a scene I just can't forget. There was about a foot of clear window space between the blinds on the big office and the bottom of the window. I could see right in, at desk level, and the department boss (a woman) and a guy who works underneath her, were on the desk. I backed off as fast as I could tear myself away and they didn't see me. What should I do? So far I haven't even told my best friend at work. -- Witness to a Scandal, Winnipeg

Dear Witness: Writing to this column may be the only expression you should give to that story. Telling work mates, even friends, is enough to get the story around with your name attached to it. Luckily, this affair is not your business -- not even your department being affected. So, quietly enjoy knowing what you know, as humans are wont to do. What would being the whistle-blower accomplish in this instance?

 

Dear Miss Lonelyhearts: My boyfriend just found religion and I'd like him to put it back. It's certainly not my brand of spirituality, which is wiccan. In fact, it's an evangelical band-oriented church for younger people. He says he believes in religious freedom, but he says "Being a wiccan isn't even a religion, for God's sake!" I refused to go to his new church and I don't want him at a wiccan activity and make broomstick cracks. Where do we go from here? -- Force For Good, Near Winnipeg

Dear Force: It would be fair and thorough research to do, as this relationship teeters on the brink, to hear each other out and attend each other's functions -- at least one a piece -- so that you're not arguing from ignorance. Break up when you know what you're breaking up about. Most moderate forms of a religion, or other form of spirituality, have a lot in common when you study them deeply.

 

Questions or comments? Please email lovecoach@hotmail.com or send letters c/o Miss Lonelyhearts, 1355 Mountain Ave. Winnipeg R2X 3B6

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 7, 2013 D4

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