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 [...]

A Day Late and a Dollar Short

Dear Short Answers: I used to be really close to this guy — we were good friends for years. For a variety of reasons, some having to do with me and mostly not, he told me that he had to put our relationship on hold for a little while. I agreed at the time.  More [...]

The Work of Friendship

Dear Short Answers: A friend of mine should have had my back — and didn’t.  I’m sure she didn’t see it that way and it will be hard to get her to understand. It makes me tired just thinking about the conversation. But I’m afraid that if I don’t talk to her about it, it [...]

Fashion Forward

Dear Short Answers: I’ve never been a particularly fashionable person but my 2017 New Year’s Resolution was to try harder this year. So I hired a fashion “consultant” to help me pick out clothes that were a bit trendier.  Unfortunately, I am starting to feel ridiculous — like the two women on “Absolutely Fabulous.”  This [...]

Friends Don’t Let Friends

Dear Short Answers: My friend and I were shopping last week at the mall and went we got home I found out that she had stolen a bra from one of the stores we were at.  I was shocked but she explained to me that she bought a lot of clothes there and that they [...]

And Don’t Tell Me to Take a Chill Pill

Dear Short Answers: Why is everyone so angry? We the People Dear People: Seriously, we think some people are angry because they feel very vulnerable right here in the USA. Others are angry because they have great empathy for those who are vulnerable. And some are angry because the current environment supports anger and does [...]

Transition Blues

Dear Short Answers: My husband retired 2 years ago and is making my life miserable.  The problem is that he can’t seem to do anything without me.  He follows me around like a lonely puppy and constantly asks me what I’m doing and where I’m going.  He’s not checking up on me, he just wants [...]

Suspend Disbelief

Dear Short Answers: My husband and I recently decided that we should start having a family.  But given the horrible state of the world today we are having second thoughts.  Do you think it is selfish of us to have a child when the world is in such turmoil? Mom2B Dear Mom2B: Just exactly when [...]

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