Decor or Decorum?

Dear Short Answers: What do you do in the living room? New Wife Dear Wife: Anything you wish that is not flushable or combustible. Like Unlike

A Good Question

Dear Short Answers: How is married life a sort of business? Just Starting Out Dear Just Starting: Marriage is like a business in that you make deposits and withdrawals — of emotional energy, kindness and attention. There are times when one partner makes many withdrawals — just make sure you don’t exceed your deposits. Like [...]

Singing to the Choir

Dear Short Answers: I have been singing with my church choir for over 10 years and I think I have a pretty decent voice. We recently got a new choir director who has decided that he wants everyone in the choir to “audition.” I’m not good under that kind of pressure and I don’t feel [...]

A Useful Rx

Dear Short Answers: Why is work important? Bee Dear Bee: Work is often ballast against poverty, boredom, and slothfulness.  It has been known to ameliorate depression, heartache and low self-esteem. From time to time, it can be all of the above. Like Unlike

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 [...]

Breathe Through This One

Dear Short Answers: If people say they are coming to your home for a party but they don’t actually show up, what is the proper response?  Should I mention it to them the next time I see them or wait for them to bring it up?  I am a little concerned that they may have [...]

Zen Question

Dear Short Answers: Do you think that every person has ONE soulmate in the world and that you need to keeping looking until you find THE ONE???? Or is it possible that everybody has a lot of soulmates and we just need to make a decision and settle down? Seeker Dear Seeker: The answer is [...]

Food Nazi

Dear Short Answers: Last weekend I had house guests whom I have known for a long time. What they neglected to tell me is that they have become serious vegans and only eat organic, local produce if possible.  Luckily (???) they brought their own food with them but it was a constant source of embarrassment [...]

Grow Up!

Dear Short Answers: I started working over a year ago at a PR firm.  It was truly an entry level position and my responsibilities are mostly answering the phone and making the senior executives travel arrangements.  There doesn’t seem to be any possibility of advancement here (I’ve already asked).  The problem is that I LOVE [...]

A Short Question

Dear Short Answers: My daughter recently started dating someone who is abnormally short.  I mean really, really short.  I don’t mean to seem shallow but I know that short people have a harder time in this world than tall people do.  How do I convince her that somebody of average height or taller would make [...]

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