Been There, Done That

Dear Short Answers: I was having lunch with a good friend the other day and happened to make a really nasty remark about someone we both know.  Unfortunately, that person happened to walk by our table at that EXACT moment.  I’m pretty sure that she heard what I said because she stopped dead in her [...]

T-Day Emergency!!!

Dear Short Answers: I know you can’t answer this in time, but I’m confused about what to do.  I accepted two different invitations for Thanksgiving dinner because one was at 2 PM and the other was at 6 PM.  I thought I could easily attend both dinners.  I just found out this morning that in [...]

Rolling Smoothly into the Holidays

Dear Short Answers: How do you handle relatives who don’t use email?  It makes it nearly impossible to plan family get-togethers when a few “older members” take 2 or 3 days to respond to any question (whenever they get around to listening to their messages on the ancient answering machines).  Do I just forget about [...]


Dear Short Answers: I have a friend who is very needy of my time.   She calls nearly every day and if I don’t answer will keep calling or texting until I pick up.   She then proceeds to tell me every detail of her life.   I can’t completely cut her off as we [...]

Foul Weather Friend

Dear Short Answers: I have a friend who I love dearly, but he is a moody bastard and when he is troubled, it is all about him … and frankly, he never listens. I would like to help but his habit of intensity around what he thinks is a crisis — then radio silence when [...]

Adjustment Department

Dear Short Answers: How do I convince my husband that since he is now retired, he needs to help me with the cooking, cleaning and other household chores.  Frankly, I don’t think it’s fair that he gets to “retire” but I have to keep doing all the housework for the rest of my life.  He [...]


Dear Short Answers: If you go out to dinner with a group of friends and some of them only order a single drink or an appetizer, is is appropriate to make up for the small check with an extra tip? I think you should because you are taking up time at a valuable table during [...]

You Got a Problem, Lady?

Dear Short Answers: My neighbor is constantly flirting with my husband and it’s really starting to bother me.  I don’t think that my husband is fooling around (this woman is not that attractive to begin with) but he does seem to like the attention.  And I just think that obvious flirting past the age of [...]

No Guarantee

Dear Short Answers: Is it bad luck to throw away a fortune cookie without opening it? Unlucky 7 Dear 7: YES! 1 person likes this post. Unlike

No More Mr. Nice Guy

Dear Short Answers: Is possible to be too nice?  No matter what anybody says to my husband, he just lets it roll off his back.  Doesn’t everybody need a little backbone now and then? The Mrs. Dear Mrs.: Although we are often fond of the snarky comeback, the satisfaction is fleeting.  We think you  husband [...]

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