Life Stage

Dear Short Answers: It seems like everybody who has kids these days has no time left in their lives for their friends.  Should I give up trying to engage with parents of young kids and just wait until the kids go to college before trying to have an “adult” get together again?  My idea of [...]

Tall Order

Dear Short Answers: What are the responsibilities of house guests on a holiday weekend? Or any weekend? Hosting Dear Hosting: Guests should be cheerful, amusing, helpful and stay no longer than 3 days. And generally be better behaved than they ever would be at home. Like Unlike

The “Are You Kidding?” Department

Dear Short Answers: I have a good friend who is in the middle of a very nasty divorce and she has decided to share all the intimate details of her marriage with me and all her other friends.  Including photos of her husband’s private parts.  Although I sympathize with her emotional distress, I think she [...]

Who Decides?

Dear Short Answers: My friends and I are making a club but the president of the club is excluding my other two friends. What should I do? Nervous Dear Nervous: Tell the “prez” that you would like to include your other two friends.  If you don’t feel comfortable with the “prez” making these decisions, tell [...]

Who Died and Left you King?

Dear Short Answers: If you have a friend who really, really, really wants to be a singer but can’t sing a note, what’s the best thing for you to do?  Let her try and get humiliated?  Or tell her the truth and spare her the pain and embarrassment? Ears Hurt Dear Ears: And just why [...]

Better SAFE than Sorry

Dear Short Answers: My friend has a  boyfriend and I think they are having sex. She is only 15 and I don’t think she is using birth control. It’s none of my business but if she gets pregnant and has to drop out of school, I will feel so bad.  What should I do? Worried [...]

Irreplaceable

Dear Short Answers: What do you do when your best friend starts to really annoy you?  I’m not sure whether she has changed or I have.  But we’ve been friends for 40 years and it’s getting to the point where I can’t stand to be around her.  She whines and complains about everything and nothing [...]

Seasonal Woe

Dear Short Answers: Recently I was at a party where the host greeted everybody with a hug and a kiss.  I thought this was sweet until I later overheard her say how sick she was and that she probably had the flu!!!  I didn’t say anything to her at the time, but now I’m thinking [...]

And Why Is This Your Business?

Dear Short Answers: I have a friend who is 28 years old and she recently told me she been dating a man who is 52 years old, has 2 daughters older than her and has been married 3 times. She also found out that he cheated on all 3 of his wives and may have [...]

It’s About Values

Dear Short Answers: What do you do if you and your best friend both like the same guy? Is dating a guy worth losing your best friend over? Jane Dear Jane: Best friends are hard to come by. Talk to her and we think you two will come up with the right thing to do. [...]

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