Happy birthday to the trees! Happy Tu B’Shvat, the birthday or festival of the trees! I’ve always felt an odd affinity for trees. In eighth grade we each did an […]
How to not marry Igor, or, He got the estate, now he wants me!
[In which Madam Mariana travels back to Moscow, 1543, to help the lovely Russian noblewoman, Darya Petrovna, avoid her cousin Igor’s grasping ways: He got her daddy’s estate, and now […]
Madam Mariana fields a question from…a dog!
In which Madam Mariana fields a question from…a dog! Yes, even dogs have questions about love, about life… Dear Madam Mariana, I am a Scottish Terrier named Bilbo, and […]
Breaking up with a killer? Here’s how!
Dear Mrs. Know-it-all, aka Madam Mariana: I am the taller, more beautiful sister of the notorious Zara Persil-Pendleton, who is getting all of the attention as usual. As if money-management […]
From Italia, con amore
Mia cara Madam Mariana: I am corresponding with someone I may have feelings for. Our letters have to cross the Mediterranean Sea as I live in Ancona, Italy, and my friend is […]