The Fourth Oldest Story in the World

Dear Short Answers: A casual friend of mine recently went through a very bad divorce with her husband who was cheating on her with one of his co-workers. I know her husband and he’s generally a decent guy so I’m not sure what happened to their relationship.  The problem is that my friend is now [...]

All in Good Time

Dear Short Answers: I suspect that my teenage son and his friends are trying on my clothes when I am not home. Things just seem to be in different places than where I left them.  Should I wait for him to tell me that he is interested in woman’s clothing or should I confront him [...]

It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times

Dear Short Answers: When my wife and I got married 3 years ago, we decided to wait until we were settled before we had kids. We now both have jobs and own a home so I think we’re “ready.”  But my wife says she cannot have children as long as Trump is President because the [...]

Fair

Dear Short Answers: My girlfriend and I rented an apartment together and put both of our names on the lease. We’ve recently split up and she wants me to move out.  But the apartment is a terrific deal and it doesn’t bother me if we live in the same place since it’s got two bedrooms. [...]

You Don’t Know What You’re Missing

Dear Short Answers: I hate wearing costumes. But it seems like every party I get invited to these days is a “costume event.”  In the past month, I’ve been invited to a Wild West Party, a Roaring 20s Party, a Movie Star Look-a-like Party and a Dress-Like-Your-Mother Party.  Should I keep saying “no” to all [...]

Better Living through Chemistry

Dear Short Answers: My husband and I are in our 70s and this is the third marriage for both of us. Completely out of the blue he announced that he is no longer “capable” of having sex with me and he thinks that I should get some sort of a “machine” to help me do [...]

Not Every Truth Need Be Told

Dear Short Answers: I have a good friend who has had very serious medical problems over the past couple of years. I happen to know for a fact that she is over 65 and on Medicare. However, she has been telling people that she is only 63 and can’t get health insurance.  Consequently, she has [...]

Independent Studies

Dear Short Answers: My daughter is graduating from college in June and she desperately wants to go to Europe for 2 months with a group of her friends. All of the other parents are paying for their kids to go (at least that’s what my daughter tells me) but I don’t feel good about spending [...]

Slippery Slope

Dear Short Answers: I am 28 and I  just got engaged and I love my girl but she keeps telling me I drink too much. Doesn’t she understand that drinking is part of who I am? Should I tell her to love it or leave it alone? Gonna Be the Groom Dear Groom: It is [...]

Don’t Get Mad, Get Even

Dear Short Answers: I have recently become aware of some unfriendly gossip about me. It’s a small town.  I do understand why I am the target of this kind of hostility — I am very different from those who are amusing themselves at my expense but it is hurtful and potentially damaging to the work [...]

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