Funny You Should Ask

Dear Short Answers: How does England elect their political leaders? Looking for Something Better Dear Better: English voters elect a political party (or in rare cases there is a coalition that joins together if there is no clear majority).  The party then elects the Prime Minister who is generally the head of the party. The [...]

Getting to Know Her

Dear Short Answers: I have met this woman who happens to be a parent of a 4-year old.  I’m sure it will be a while before I meet her child if things progress.  So how do I address scheduling dates until then.  She doesn’t have family nearby to babysit, and her ex is unwilling to [...]

Few Words Owed

Dear Short Answers: I live in a small town. Someone I know broke up with her guy a few months ago. I ran into her in a bar and she shared how happy she was that it was over. She has a history of having a short temper and although she started calmly to talk [...]

The Price of Freedom

Dear Short Answers: During the course of this election, I have discovered that my brother is a blatant racist.  I guess it’s something that just never came up before.  I’ve tried to talk to him about this but he’s committed to the white supremacist philosophy.  For my own sanity, my only recourse is to simply [...]

Two Problems, One Solution

Dear Short Answers: My husband and I recently retired.  I’ve taken this as an opportunity to volunteer for several organizations and sit on a couple of non-profit boards.  My husband has taken this as an opportunity to watch TV and wait for me to cook him dinner.  I know that I am not responsible for [...]

Brave New World

Dear Short Answers: My daughter just got engaged.  What is the mother of the bride-to-be supposed to do? Mom, Uncertain Dear Mom: Of course you are uncertain — it’s not the Emily Post world you may have grown up with. Ask your daughter what she would like — a party, a family gathering for his [...]

Mixed or Matched

Dear Short Answers: What is the difference between “beneficiary” and “stackholder?” John Dear John: A “beneficiary” is a recipient of an advantage of some sort: it is generally financial but one can also benefit from gifts of other kinds such as privilege, honor or genetics. A “stackholder” is the one with all the pancakes. Like [...]

What if THEY Win?

Dear Short Answers: Is it wrong to “disown” your family over politics? My brother is a hate-spewing Trump supporter who plasters his Facebook page with bizarre lie-filled rants.  I try to avoid politics when I speak to him but it’s just not possible because he always brings it up.  We are both in our 60s [...]

$$$ and Sense

Dear Short Answers: A close friend of mine is very active in a local charity that has an annual big fund-raising drive. Every year I have given a token amount just because he is my friend.  This year I decided that was silly because I really don’t believe in their cause and it annoys me [...]

Don’t Get Mad, Handle It

Dear Short Answers: I am a single woman in my late 50s who decided that my career was more important than getting married or raising a family. There are times when I regret this decision but there’s not a lot I can do about it now.  The problem is that the younger people where I [...]

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