True ’til Proven Otherwise

Dear Short Answers: One of my dearest friends (who, by the way, is not very rich nor very attractive) has announced to everyone in town that she has a new boyfriend who is half her age!  Fine, I know it’s none of my business.  But somehow this mysterious boyfriend is never in town when we [...]

Boy Friends and Best Friends

Dear Short Answers: My boyfriend is cheating on me with my BFF and he does not know that I know that. What should I do? Upset Dear Upset: Sounds like you better talk to him. In fact, you better talk to both of them — considering that you may have made two poor choices. Like [...]

Stick to Your Guns

Dear Short Answers: Over the last few years, I’ve probably started to drink a bit more than I should so I decided to designate Monday and Wednesday as my “non-drinking” days.  It doesn’t seem necessary to tell this to people in advance so if I’m out somewhere and other people are drinking, I just get [...]

Supporting Friends

Dear Short Answers: Should I attend an out of town wedding for a couple that I really don’t believe should be getting married? Dubious Dear Dubs: If you know these folks well enough to be so sure they are making a mistake, then you should certainly go and hope that you are the one that [...]

What’s the Number?

Dear Short Answers: What percentage of their income do you think people should contribute to charity? Thinking it Over Dear Thinking: In this culture, money is more personal that sex.   Tithing (10% of gross income) to the church is suggested in the new testament but only you can determine if that is the right [...]

Your Money, Your Call

Dear Short Answers: If you are asked by a friend to contribute to a charity that is important to them but not at all important to you, what should you do?  Explain that you don’t care about his charity?  Give a small amount to get him off your back? Just Don’t Care Dear Don’t Care: [...]

21st Century Toolbox

Dear Short Answers: How does a psychrometer work? Want to Know Dear Know: Interesting question — have you heard of GOOGLE? Like Unlike

Say What?

Dear Short Answers: For the past 25 years I have pretty much spent all my time (and money) raising my three kids.  I certainly don’t regret it for a minute but I’m definitely glad that they are grown up and on their own. So I was surprised when my oldest daughter told me that she [...]

Silver and Gold

Dear Short Answers: As I get older, I feel like I shouldn’t have to be friends with annoying, stupid people any more. But then I think that I’m probably getting too old to make new friends and I should be nice to the ones I have (even if I don’t like them very much). Which [...]

We Are Not the Waltons

Dear Short Answers: It’s getting close to Christmas and I’m already dreading the obligatory family get-togethers.  Do you have any secrets to getting through the holidays without killing yourself or your family? Apprehensive Dear Apprehensive: We have found that giving up celluloid fantasies about what family life is supposed to be, appreciating others for what [...]

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