Context Is Everything

Posted on | February 3, 2019 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
How do you tell the difference between love and sex?
Need to Know

Dear Need to Know:
If you really need to know — you already know. Otherwise don’t ask the question.

It’s a Matter of Taste

Posted on | February 3, 2019 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
How do you tell a friend that she needs a head to toe make-over? Its all wrong!
Would Love to Help

Dear Help:
Fools jump in. Friends wait to be asked.

Give It a Try but Don’t Expect Much

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Dear Short Answers:
Do I have a right to insist that my grown son and his family visit me in my home? My grandsons have never seen me in my own home, which means on some very basic level, they have no idea who I am.
Granny

Dear Granny:
We feel you but insisting is unlikely to deliver a favorable outcome. Try an invitation for a specific date with a conversation explaining why it is so important to you. Try not to be too upset if your request is met with the litany of how hard they are working and the many demands their lives require.  But you will know what their priorities are, and what a big mistake they are making.

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Take No for an Answer

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Dear Short Answers:
Is it impolite to ask a good friend why they have stopped drinking?  It’s something we used to enjoy together but whenever I ask, she changes the subject.
Miss My Drinking Buddy

Dear Buddy:
Y
ES it is impolite. In general, people who drank enough to have drinking buddies quit because they realize it has become a problem.  To continue to push the issue is not only rude, it suggests that you also have a problem.

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A Million Naked Stories

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Dear Short Answers:
Do you think having an affair is a deal breaker in a long marriage?
Asking for a Friend

Dear Friend:
We don’t think it needs to be, but it actually isn’t our opinion that matters on this one. Tell your friend there is a lot of work to be done to restore and repair.

When It Isn’t Your Marriage

Posted on | February 3, 2019 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
My friends have been married for 25 years. He says he wants out. They both talk to me. I can’t figure out if they need a lawyer or a marriage counselor?
What Should I Do?

Dear What:
Do nothing.

Change the Subject

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Dear Short Answers:
My wife looks just terrible in a bathing suit. Should I tell her the truth?
Honest Hubby

Dear HH:
Are you serious?

Party Pooper

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Dear Short Answers:
A good friend is turning 65. I told her “it’s all downhill from here.”  Now she is mad. I think she just can’t handle the truth.
Over 65

Dear Over 65:
Not every truth need be told.

You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

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Dear Short Answers:
Can a relationship between a 50-year old woman and a 35-year old man possibly last? There is no money involved — neither has any — but I worry my friend (the 50-year old woman) is headed for heartbreak. What do you think?
A Good Friend

Dear friend:
Yes, we think it could last, but that may not be the point. If your friend is happy, be happy.

Evening Activities for the 21st Century

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Dear Short Answers:
My friend is drinking way too much. He says it’s TRUMP. Is that a good enough reason to get loaded every single night?
Bob

Dear Bob:
Its a very good reason, it’s just not a solution. Tell him to cut it out and join the RESISTANCE.

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