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 [...]

Politics, Not Fashion

Dear Short Answers: Who gets to have a say on “Mother-of-the-Bride” dress? MOB Dear MOB: Everyone gets to weigh in, you get to decide. Good Luck. Like Unlike

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. 1 person likes this post. [...]

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, [...]

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