Play with Fire

Dear Short Answers: Is it possible for a “heavy” social drinker and a recovering alcoholic to live together? Pat Dear Pat: Possible? Yes. But we think it’s a bad idea — at best irritating, at worst, dangerous. Like Unlike

20 Stone = 280 Pounds

Dear Short Answers: Is 20 stone too heavy to ride a horse? Big Man Dear Big Man: We suggest you ask the horse. Very nicely. 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

Wrong Question

Dear Short Answers: I invited a good friend of mine to a wine tasting event for a local charity and after we got there, she told me that she doesn’t drink wine. Shouldn’t she have told me this beforehand? The tickets were $100 each and it was totally wasted on her. Plus, it put a [...]

Disgusting

Dear Short Answers: Since I do all the cooking at home, my husband does the dishes. The problem is that he does a HORRIBLE job at it.  He refuses to run the dishwasher until it’s packed so full that half the dishes don’t get clean.  But he still puts them away even if they are [...]

Use It/Lose It

Dear Short Answers: Over the past year, I have found it harder and harder to do simple math calculations in my head. I went to school when you had to memorize your “tables” so I should know these things. I can’t figure out whether I am simply out of practice (since who has to do [...]

Say WHAT????

Dear Short Answers: How do you tell someone who really isn’t a close friend that they are losing their hearing?  And that’s the reason people don’t invite them over for dinner or parties because they constantly ask people to repeat themselves and simply can’t keep up with a fast-paced cocktail conversation.  I want to help [...]

Sick

Dear Short Answers: It seems like I have a lot of friends who are getting serious illnesses these days.  (Maybe it’s because we’re all getting older!)  They post regular updates on Facebook but I never know what to say other than “get well soon” or “sending love in your direction!”  That seems too weak a [...]

National Health Emergency

Dear Short Answers: Last week when I was in the grocery store, I saw a mother with her four very, very fat children. As she loaded her cart with candy and sugary cereals and potato chips, I wanted so badly to say something to her but I didn’t.  I am still thinking about it and [...]

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 [...]

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