Just Say Nothing

Dear Short Answers: How do I keep from spilling the “whole truth” about my ex? I hate it when other women do it, but it’s soooo tempting. Wronged Dear Wronged: We so get the temptation, and so admire restraint. You will feel a slight tingle when doing the right thing. Like Unlike

Judge Not

Dear Short Answers: I’ve seen in many advice columns, including yours of late, suggesting to elders to get with the times and invest in social media if you want to keep in touch with those grand kids.  Did it ever occur to anyone that on a fixed income that initial and monthly outlay ranks low. [...]

In the Eye of the Beholder

Dear Short Answers: My husband is a big believer that sunlight is better than privacy so he never ever closes a blind or a curtain in our home — including the bathroom. Which means that he walks around totally naked in full view of our next door neighbors.  They do not have any young children [...]

You Asked…

Dear Short Answers: My sister-in-law served food made by a caterer on Christmas Eve without telling us!  Although it was quite tasty I think she owed us an explanation! I could have outed her — I saw the plastic containers! What do you think? She Cheated! Dear Cheated: We think your sister-in-law is smart and [...]


Dear Short Answers: Are things really as bad as they seem? Worried Dear Worried: Yes. Like Unlike

Get Your Own Life

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, [...]

‘’Tis the Season

Dear Short Answers: When can I start listening to Holiday Music?? In the Spirit Dear Spirit: Now is fine with us. Like Unlike

The Acculturation of Mate Prospects

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 [...]

Meaning of Life

Dear Short Answers: Was charcoal ever alive? Bill S. Dear Bill: No, not to our way of thinking, but are always cautious in matters of life and death. Like Unlike

Desperate Times/Desperate Measures

Dear Short Answers: Is it okay to use body wash on my face when I’m in the shower if there isn’t any face wash handy? KTG Dear KTG: This has to be  a guy question — and the answer is ABSOLUTELY NOT. Just water is preferable. Like Unlike

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