-- Devoted Dish-ciple
When a newspaper columnist calls 'em as he sees 'em, he's not generating bad karma; in fact, he's doing the universe a favor by sparing us from unfunny stand-up. However, cries of sour grapes or personal attacks from would-be comics are sins almost as great as referring to yourself in the third-person.
Last year, a friend decided to try and get custody of three brothers who desperately needed the love and attention that their drug-dependant mother would not provide. He took the boys in when the oldest ran away from their grandmother's [home].
My financial situation began to deteriorate and my friend also allowed me to move in, rent-free. The boys really connected with him, and a hearing gave us temporary custody. My friend gave the oldest a birthday card that I found inappropriate for a 14-year-old, and I thought that an inappropriate relationship was developing between him and the kids.
I called DFACS to report my concerns. They came and took the boys. My friend was wrecked and went into debt to defend himself. To keep suspicion away from myself, I placed blame on his ex and on a neighbor, making my friend become angry with the wrong people. DFACS eventually stopped the investigation.
My finances have turned around and I now rent an apartment from the friend. The boys were placed in separate facilities. I let my fears commit a great wrong. Prozac hasn't helped. Can I make restitution to avoid karmic retribution?
-- Friend or foe
So, you reported your friend without confronting him first, and with no hard evidence to boot? No wonder Prozac's no help. You need to tell your friend/landlord what a backbiting tenant you are, which will possibly cost you the friendship and probably a mailing address as well.
Send confessions and questions about how to avoid karmic retribution to email@example.com, or to Karma Cleanser, Creative Loafing, 750 Willoughby Way, Atlanta, Ga. 30312. All entries are anonymous, of course.