In a Word

Dear Short Answers: I don’t have a great memory for remembering peopleif I only met them at a big party or something.  Sometimes when I introduce myself to someone, they say “We met before at so-and-so’s party.” And I will apologize for not remembering. Unless, of course, I didn’t go to so-and-so’s party and I [...]

Try Again

Dear Short Answers: I have never gotten along very well with my in-laws even though I try as hard as I possibly can. Something always seems to go wrong. So this year my husband has suggested that instead of the family (we have 2 children) spending Christmas Eve at his parents and Christmas Day at [...]

The Situation Has Many Possibilities

Dear Short Answers: My husband and I are well into our 60s and have a wonderful relationship.  The problem is that we have very different sleep habits. I am a very light sleeper whereas he snores and tosses and turns all night.  Now that the kids are out of the house, there is plenty of [...]

Freedom to Speak

Dear Short Answers: Last year my neighbor’s 15 year old daughter had a baby.  There doesn’t seem be a father around and since both grandparents work full-time and the daughter is still in high school, I offered to help baby sit since I am retired and my kids are long since grown up. Believe me, [...]

Don’t Look Back

Dear Short Answers: I have a wonderful family with 3 kids, 5 grandkids and a terrific husband. I’m not sorry about any of the decisions that I made but I am feeling more and more like I didn’t fully explore the alternatives that seem to be available to people nowadays. I certainly never plan to [...]


Dear Short Answers: I’ve been married for over 20 years and my husband and I argue about money almost every single day.  Is there a secret to financial compromise in a marriage because if there is, I can’t figure it out. Please HELP! Sick of It Dear Sick: Insanity is doing the same thing over [...]

So Much for Friendship

Dear Short Answers: A woman at work is getting married next year and has been asking me for a lot of advice about her wedding plans since I recently got married myself.  I planned my wedding for almost two years and it was amazing.  So I don’t feel like I should give away all of [...]

At Your Own Risk

Dear Short Answers: Do I really have to acknowledge any mother beside my own on Mother’s day (daughters, sisters, in laws)? Manipulated by Media Dear Manipulated: Surely you have some sense of how the players in your life feel about these kind of occasions. There are no general rules, but every family has their own. [...]

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Dear Short Answers: How do you make kids understand “obligation” and “responsibility”? Mom Dear Mom: Daily example. There is no other way. Like Unlike

Tough Spot

Dear Short Answers: I know my husband is cheating on me even though he denies it. How do I figure out if it’s serious? I don’t want to break up. Annie Dear Annie: If there is someone waiting in the wings, truth and reconciliation are hard to get to — and we believe truth is [...]

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