Teasing within my group of friends is getting old

DEAR HARRIETTE: Sometimes it feels like no matter what I say or do, my friend group always makes jokes at my expense. Even though I laugh along, it still feels like the jokes are usually pointed in my direction. I don't know if it's intentional or not, but it's difficult for me to just sit there and take it. Everyone always tells me to lighten up and relax, but that's getting harder and harder each time we meet up. How can I stop this from happening? What could I have done to become the friend in the group that everyone laughs at? — Butt of the Jokes DEAR BUTT OF THE JOKES:

Nikki Haley takes on Donald Trump

More experience in executive governmental office. Greater command of global geopolitical issues. Better understanding of state prerogatives in the American federal system. Deeper commitment to local charitable undertakings. Earlier personal involvement in family business. In short: compares favorably with Donald J. Trump’s 2016 profile as a presidential candidate.

New hire lacks confidence after lying on résumé

DEAR HARRIETTE: I started my first corporate job three months ago, but I lied about having prior experience in order to get it. It was really daunting at first. I was worried that I wouldn't know what to do, but I somehow managed to make it work. So far, everyone at the workplace has been extremely welcoming and helpful in teaching me the ropes. Although I've made some mistakes, I'm learning quickly. However, this has caused me to become exhausted as there's so much for me to take in and figure out! Despite this, I've maintained the facade of knowing what I'm doing thus far. Is it possible for me to keep this up in the long term? — Fake It Till You Make It DEAR FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT: I am not a proponent of lying. It rarely works to your advantage. But given that you did lie to get into this job, your responsibility now is to do everything you can to become proficient and then excellent at it. Exhaustion may be the price you have to pay until you are solid in your skills and execution. Three months may feel like a long time, but it is not. That actually matches the probationary period that many companies use to evaluate whether employees are capable of doing the job they were hired to execute. So, stay on point and keep learning.

Taking a look at a terrifying trend

Hena Khan was raised in the Washington suburbs, the daughter of immigrants from Pakistan, and she describes the experience this way: “When I was growing up, it was really more about feeling invisible and not thinking my culture mattered. Nobody at school knew anything about being a Muslim, being a Pakistani American. My teachers often couldn’t identify Pakistan on a map.”

Husband has a hard time keeping track of teeth

DEAR HARRIETTE: My husband has had false teeth for more than 20 years, so he is accustomed to them. When he drinks heavily, though, he often takes them out of his mouth and puts them who knows where, only to be searching madly for them the next day. I find this infuriating and irresponsible. One time it took him a few days to find his teeth, so he had to go to work and interact with people looking absolutely crazy.

We are glad Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Ryan Walters is thinking outside the box when it comes to rewarding the state’s best teachers.