Family Mini-Series

Dear Short Answers: I recently found out from my sister that my father was a closeted homosexual.  Even though he had four children!  My sister swore me to secrecy and claims that she is the only one in the family who knows.  I agreed that I wouldn’t say anything but now I am having second [...]

Brave New Easy World

Dear Short Answers: When you ask a girl out on a date, should I expect to pay for everything?  Or do girls these days expect to pay their share? Cyrus Dear Cyrus: In general every one pays for themselves, unless, or until, another arrangement is agreed to. Like Unlike

Getting Real

Dear Short Answers: Last week, I had a dinner party at my home for 10 people.  So far, I have not received a single thank you note.  Not even an email.  Should I assume that my party was a disaster?  Or are my friends thankless ingrates? Still Waiting Dear Waiting: We are so with you [...]

Alert the Media?

Dear Short Answers: I have a good friend who finds it necessary to describe every nuance of her health to me — when she has a headache, when her arthritis is acting up, when she’s constipated — pretty much everything.  Obviously, there is nothing I can do about her aches and pains so I just [...]

Deserve What???

Dear Short Answers: Do you think it’s a good idea to take a year off between high school and college?  My mom says she won’t pay for college if I do but I feel that I deserve a year to relax and have fun before starting to work for the rest of my life.  What [...]

Return to Sender

Dear Short Answers: A distant relative recently passed away and the man’s daughter (my second cousin) asked me if there was anything that I would like as a memento of my “uncle.”  I wrote her back that I would love one of his watches since he was an avid watch collector and had many wonderful [...]


Dear Short Answers: I found out that my son, who is only 14 years old, has been looking at gay porn on the Internet.  Is this normal behavior for a 14-year old?  Since he hasn’t said anything to me, should I mention this to him?  I would have to admit that I was looking at [...]

Freedom of Choice

Dear Short Answers: Do you think that marriage means anything anymore?  Most of my parents’ friends are divorced and most of my own friends aren’t interested in getting married.  Is “just living together” the wave of the future? A Millenial Dear M: The divorce rate peaked in the late 1970′s and early 80′s. It is [...]

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Dear Short Answers: Now that my kids are grown and out of the house, I have the luxury of having THREE guest rooms.  Since I live fairly close to the ocean, I have a lot of friends who love to stay with me for a few days in the summer.  My problem is how to [...]

The In’s and Out’s

Dear Short Answers: What is personal hygiene? Please define and explain its scope? Clean Gene and Smelly Nelly Dear Gene and Nelly: Personal hygiene is the is the daily care and maintenance of your entire body from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet including every crack and crevice and parts [...]

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