The Art of the Relationship

Dear Short Answers: My boyfriend and I have been together for almost a year and we have been talking about moving in together. His apartment is much nicer than mine so that is where we would live.  The only problem is his bed.  He has one of those fancy foam mattresses.  He adores it but [...]

Weighty Choices

Dear Short Answers: When I was younger, I was very much into the environment and careful about the products I used. My goal was to reduce my carbon footprint to practically zero. But now that I have two small children I find that I am using plastic and other disposable products more and more. I even [...]

Definitive Forecast

Dear Short Answers: Will Spring ever come to the North East? When? Worried Dear Worried: Most assuredly Spring will arrive — very slowly, then like a wildfire. Like Unlike

Wrong Question

Dear Short Answers: Of course I think sexual assault is wrong, but do you think the current environment of high profile firings is a little “hysterical “? X Dear X: Nope. Like Unlike

Love and Money

Dear Short Answers: What is the right amount of money to donate to charities every year? JonnyB Dear JonnyB: Depends on how you define “charity” doesn’t it? Like Unlike

“Reasonable” Is Not the Issue

Dear Short Answers: How long should it take a reasonable person to get ready for bed? My girlfriend takes OVER AN HOUR!  We can’t afford an apartment with two bathrooms so what do I do? The BF Dear BF: You use the bathroom first, then get off her case. Like Unlike

Your Sister’s Keeper

Dear Short Answers: I took my dog to the dog park yesterday and while I was there a woman came in with a rather large dog and soon after, she left and left her dog in the dog park. I thought she might be just going to her car or something but I was there [...]


Dear Short Answers: Can you tell me why docs are still prescribing oxy when the opiate epidemic is out of control? Witness Dear Witness: People are in a lot of pain.  Compassion.  People abuse drugs.  Sometimes. Doctors have incomplete information. We do not accept pain.  That’s the beginning of a conversation. Like Unlike

Equal Opportunity

Dear Short Answers: It has always seemed to me that women are just much nicer than men.  Is that true? Looking at It Dear Looking: We have seen great acts of kindness from men and women. Our culture tends to reward women for compassion (niceness) and men for strength (toughness) but we expect BOTH from [...]

Family Matters

Dear Short Answers: I have a large family that I see rather infrequently (due to distance, not compatibility).  Every couple of years one of my siblings or cousins shows up at our house either “unannounced” or with only a day or two notice.  I used to find it extremely annoying and mentioned it to them [...]

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