Naomi Judd Starts Weekly Advice Column

08/07/2002 at 01:00 PM EDT

After raising her two daughters, Wynonna and Ashley, as a single mother – and look how well they turned out – country star Naomi Judd is going to begin serving as a role model and offering her advice to the public. Mama Judd, 56, is now writing an advice column, called "Ask Naomi," for Country Weekly magazine, starting with the current issue, reports the Associated Press. (Coincidentally, Judd's column was announced on the same day it was revealed that Pauline Phillips, 84, the creator of the "Dear Abby" advice column, has Alzheimer's disease. Phillips's twin Esther Lederer, 83, who wrote as Ann Landers, died June 22.) Judd's column reportedly will field questions from readers on a variety of subjects and situations. Without claiming to be an expert on anything, Judd writes in her first article that among the things she is frequently asked is how she managed to overcome the life-threatening Hepatitis C virus and how she raised Wynonna, now 38, and Ashley, 34. And although she claims that there's nothing special or different about her, Judd does possess one characteristic that makes her a natural as a journalist. She says she has "never been short on opinions."

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