You Don’t Know What You’re Missing

Dear Short Answers: I hate wearing costumes. But it seems like every party I get invited to these days is a “costume event.”  In the past month, I’ve been invited to a Wild West Party, a Roaring 20s Party, a Movie Star Look-a-like Party and a Dress-Like-Your-Mother Party.  Should I keep saying “no” to all [...]

Better Living through Chemistry

Dear Short Answers: My husband and I are in our 70s and this is the third marriage for both of us. Completely out of the blue he announced that he is no longer “capable” of having sex with me and he thinks that I should get some sort of a “machine” to help me do [...]

Not Every Truth Need Be Told

Dear Short Answers: I have a good friend who has had very serious medical problems over the past couple of years. I happen to know for a fact that she is over 65 and on Medicare. However, she has been telling people that she is only 63 and can’t get health insurance.  Consequently, she has [...]

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 [...]

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