Catch Up on Netflix

Dear Short Answers: Now that another presidential election is underway, my husband has become obsessed with watching CNN, Fox News, MSNBC just about nonstop every day.  How do I convince him to calm down and watch “Scandal” instead?? News Weary Dear News: Sorry, we can’t help. We are obsessed too! The news is better than [...]

Apples and Oranges

Dear Short Answers: What do you think of all this “identify confusion” that seems to be going around?  Bruce Jenner thinks he’s a girl and some white woman from Spokane thinks she’s Black.  Why can’t people just be happy with the way they were born? RWT Dear RWT: These two examples are not the same [...]

It’s a Zillion Dollar Business

Dear Short Answers: I am getting married next summer and trying to figure out my budget for the wedding.  Is there a general rule of thumb about how much these things should cost?  This is especially important since I’ll probably have to pay for the whole thing myself. ZN Dear ZN: Our rule of thumb [...]

Higher Mathematics

Dear Short Answers: My wife and I both work and make just about the same amount of money.  We both like our jobs but aren’t in love with them and we’d both like to retire by the time we are 60.  Since I’ve been doing mine longer, I think I should get to retire first. [...]

Good Help Is Hard to Find

Dear Short Answers: My partner and I have had a wonderful cleaning lady for the past several years.  She is thorough, reliable and reasonably-priced.  The only drawback has been that she doesn’t speak much English, but we have managed okay in that regard.  The problem is that she recently converted to a religion that is [...]

Universal Truth

Dear Short Answers: How is marriage like a business? Keeping Track Dear Track: Keep your budget balanced — don’t let withdrawals get ahead of deposits. 1 person likes this post. Unlike

Tidings of Comfort and Joy — No Restrictions Apply

Dear Short Answers: Is it wrong to celebrate Christmas if you don’t believe in god? Charles Dear Charles: We never think its a bad idea to celebrate ANYTHING! 1 person likes this post. Unlike

Moving on?

Dear Short Answers: How long should it take to get over a bad break-up?  I have a friend who has been devastated for almost 6 months — even though his relationship with his girlfriend lasted barely a year.  Isn’t it time to get over it and move on? I Mean, Really Dear I Mean: Easy [...]

Oh No, This Again

Dear Short Answers: Every one around me is gearing up for the holidays and I am so not feeling it!  I love my family and do my very best to stay in touch and hear their concerns, but the thought of all of them banging up against one another (not to mention all that work) [...]


Dear Short Answers: My boyfriend told me that he would quit smoking for my birthday (which was last July).  I think he might have stopped for a day or two but he is definitely smoking again because I can smell it on him.  I teased him about it and he just laughed and told me [...]

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