A Little Goes Too Far

Posted on | December 10, 2017 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
How many times should I let my boyfriend lie to me before I dump him for good?
Sara

Dear Sara:
Once would do it for us.


Get Your Own Life

Posted on | December 10, 2017 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
Last year, my father married a 30-year old woman (who just happens to be only 3 years older than me). Recently, she announced that she was PREGNANT!!! Which was quite a surprise to me since I know that my father is not able to have children any more (I’m not sure why, but that was the reason for his last divorce). I asked my father and he told me to keep my mouth shut but it’s driving me crazy. Don’t you think that his wife should know that he is well aware that the child isn’t his and she has been cheating on him? At some point, this is all going to blow up and I think the sooner the better.
Protective Daughter

Dear Daughter:
He told you, now we are telling you — this is none of your business.

Wrong Question

Posted on | November 25, 2017 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
I invited a good friend of mine to a wine tasting event for a local charity and after we got there, she told me that she doesn’t drink wine. Shouldn’t she have told me this beforehand? The tickets were $100 each and it was totally wasted on her. Plus, it put a damper on the whole evening. My friend says that I should have know she doesn’t drink wine (she certainly drinks plenty of other things!!). I refuse to talk to her until she apologizes and she refuses to talk to me. Who is right?
Matter of Principle

Dear Principle:
We think your priorities need realignment. The operative words in your question should be “friend” and “charity”. We wish you a Merry Christmas and some attitude adjustment.

Timely Query

Posted on | November 25, 2017 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
What is politics?
Innocent Bystander

Dear Innocent:
Politics is the artful manipulation of any situation in service of one’s own agenda.

‘’Tis the Season

Posted on | November 19, 2017 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
When can I start listening to Holiday Music??
In the Spirit

Dear Spirit:
Now is fine with us.

Pandora’s Box

Posted on | November 19, 2017 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
After my parents died a couple of years ago, none of my siblings really wanted to go through all of their possessions since it simply felt too sad. So we paid a mover to pack everything up and it now sits in a storage facility. I am now feeling guilty about letting their personal possessions go to waste and I certainly don’t want their stuff to get sold at some auction if we ever forget to pay the monthly fees. My siblings disagree and just want to forget about this. Would it be wrong for me to take it upon myself to clean out the storage locker or do I need to get everybody’s permission to do this?
Ready Now

Dear Ready:
You can volunteer to do an inventory as a first step — but this is likely to be a journey.

The Acculturation of Mate Prospects

Posted on | November 9, 2017 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
My new boyfriend has a phobia about sharing his food with other people.  If I take a bite from his plate, he refuses to eat it anymore.  I grew up in a big family that loved to share.  Do you think that I will have to stop picking off his plate forever or is there a way to convince him that sharing is more fun?
I Like It My Way!

Dear My Way:
We’ve met both — the “my food is your food” types and the “mine is mine.”   Our experience is that these things are as immutable as blood type.  Stay away from his vittles.

On a Good Day

Posted on | November 9, 2017 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
What is love?
Searching

Dear Searching:
Love is what you are.



Disgusting

Posted on | November 3, 2017 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
Since I do all the cooking at home, my husband does the dishes. The problem is that he does a HORRIBLE job at it.  He refuses to run the dishwasher until it’s packed so full that half the dishes don’t get clean.  But he still puts them away even if they are dirty so I end up washing them by hand when I use them.  How do I teach a grown man how to do the dishes properly?
LAV

Dear LAV:
Words like unsanitary and unsightly ought to do it.

#newrules

Posted on | November 3, 2017 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
he cheerleaders at our local high school are selling raffle tickets door-to-door and they stopped by my house the other night.  When they rang the doorbell, I called out to my wife that there was “a group of girls at the door.”  She yelled back, they are not GIRLS, they are WOMEN!! That made me think.  At what age do you stop calling them “girls” and start calling them “women?”
Old-Fashioned

Dear O. F.:
Can’t go wrong with “ladies”.

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