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 [...]

Moving Forward

Dear Short Answers: I don’t think that the major rift in my family over this past election is going to heal any time soon.  Any advice? Tense Dear Tense: Don’t confuse argument with principle.  Commitment is a matter of belief and action.  No where is it written that you must air your views in all [...]


Dear Short Answers: When he turned 65, my husband decided he was going to be brutally “honest” with everybody he knows.  This basically means that he criticizes everything and everybody.  When a waitress asks him if he enjoyed his dinner, he says, “I thought the fish was too dry and the vegetables just okay.”  When [...]

Married to the Blob

Dear Short Answers: How do you deal with a husband who is getting fatter and lazier as he gets older?  Do I keep pushing him to go to the gym and get out of the house?  Or do I finally just give up and find new friends and new ways to entertain myself? Still Active [...]

Fight Back!

Dear Short Answers: I’m single and happy,  which is great for me but all my friends are married with small kids and this time of year I get those cards with a zillion pictures of the kids.  It makes me feel like I can’t play this game. What should I do?  I used to just [...]

Balancing Act

Dear Short Answers: Do you think it matters if the husband (or wife) makes vastly more money than their spouse? Is it hard on the marriage? Affianced Dear Affianced: Everything is hard on marriages but working it out is the most satisfying game in town. Differences in earning power is just that — power. It [...]

Personally Speaking

Dear Short Answers: What is the problem between the USA and Cuba? Puzzled Dear Puzzled: This probably depends on who you are asking the question of, but, personally, we have no problem at all. Like Unlike

Call It Like You See It

Dear Short Answers: My brother keeps telling me that his wife is intimidated by me. My answer is “of course she is — but why is this my problem?” Sister Woman Dear Sister Woman: We like your style but don’t be surprised if the air gets chill. Like Unlike

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