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 [...]

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

Organ Recital

Dear Short Answers: A lot of my friends seem to be getting to that age when their health starts failing. Which means that talking about every little problem is the main topic of conversation.  I’ve stopped asking “how are you?” because that simply starts a long list of aches and pains.  How do I communicate [...]

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 [...]

Try Politics

Dear Short Answers: Is there any way to get old people to stop talking about themselves so much?  I’m sick and tired of hearing what my 70-year old neighbor had for breakfast and how long he had to wait at the post office.  Don’t old people have anything interesting to say? So Not Interested Dear [...]

Department of “Oh Pleeze…”

Dear Short Answers: I have an older brother who has lied about his age for decades.  Fortunately, he looks younger than he actually is so nobody is suspicious. Normally, his lies wouldn’t concern me but I recently went to visit him in the town where he now lives and he introduced me to all his [...]

We LOVE Both!

Dear Short Answers: My husband and I have always loved to take adventurous vacations.  But now that we’re in our 60s, he’s not quite as adventurous as he used to be.  I still like to hike and cycle and kayak.  He would rather sit and watch the people go by.  Would it be wrong to [...]

Monkey in the Middle

Dear Short Answers: What is our responsibility to our parents as they get older and require more time, more energy and more money from their children? Exhausted and Broke Dear E&B: We hear you. This is very tough and the boundaries are different in every family. Remember that you are an adult (which is often [...]

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) [...]

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