When No News Is Better

Dear Short Answers: I have gotten so sick and tired of people posting their AMAZING vacation photos on Facebook. Why are all my friends going to incredible countries and having incredible adventures when I have to stay home and work???? Crabby Dear Crabby: We don’t know why you can’t manage a vaca — but surely [...]

This Ain’t Baseball

Dear Short Answers: How many times do you let someone schedule a lunch date and then cancel at the last minute? I think once is acceptable, twice is rude and three times in a row means you clearly don’t want to have lunch with me.  Am I justified in simply ignoring future lunch invitations from [...]

Uncertain Future

Dear Short Answers: As my parents have gotten older (they are both in their late 70s), they have gotten more and more philanthropic and seem to give money away to just about any charity that asks. Since their money is MY inheritance, shouldn’t I be consulted?  They always promised that when they go, I will [...]

Accept Defeat

Dear Short Answers: My husband has the worst table manners I have ever seen. Most of the things he does I try to ignore (like tucking his napkin into his collar or slurping his soup).  But there is one thing that drives me crazy.  He pushes his food around on his plate with his fingers!!! [...]

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Dear Short Answers: My father’s second wife passed away last month and left me a very extensive and presumably rare collection of china figurines. When she was alive, she loved to show them to me and I would always feign interest in them. Now, he expects me to display them in my home.  He even [...]

Inventory Issue

Dear Short Answers: I run a small retail clothing store in a small town and I tend to carry pretty unique items. I recently saw one of my dresses at a party and went up to the woman to compliment her.  Unfortunately, she said that she bought the dress online, not in my shop.  I [...]

Shelve It

Dear Short Answers: My husband’s family is visiting for a whole week. I really knocked myself out this year with holiday preparations but I don’t think they really appreciate it. I feel resentful — any advice? Trying to Be Good Dear Trying: Try harder. You’ve already committed — don’t blow it in the 9th. Like [...]

Gossip, Plain and Simple

Dear Short Answers: I have two reasonably good friends who have been dating for the past 6 months. When they broke up a few weeks ago, Tracy told me that she didn’t want to give me details but that Brandon had done things to her that were so horrible that no one should go near [...]

Boring

Dear Short Answers: As I get older, it seems that the only thing my friends like to talk about is their failing health and medical procedures.  I understand that this is a normal part of aging but it drives me crazy.  I have things wrong with me, too, but I don’t talk about it all [...]

You’re a Big Boy Now

Dear Short Answers: There is a woman at work who has (I am positive) an unnaturally strong crush on me.  She doesn’t say anything to me but tells everyone else how much she likes me and how much she hopes that I’ll ask her out.  A number of my co-workers have told me how insistent [...]

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