Dear Queenie,

  After my sister went away to college she got a job over there and now she doesn’t stay in touch with us here at home anymore. We try to call her or e-mail her but she never answers the phone or replies to the e-mails.

  Queenie, why do people do like that? And how do we stay in touch with her?—Miss my sis


Dear Miss,

  Your sister may have had a falling-out with some member of your family, or she may have become so engrossed in her new life that she just does not have the time or energy to stay in touch with the folks “back home”.

  Send her greeting cards on her birthday and all special occasions and holidays (without expecting any response) and hope that someday she will decide to respond.