Mid-Life Crisis

Dear Short Answers: Ever since I was in my 20′s, I have wanted to have sex with 2 women at the same time. Now that I am about to turn 50, my wife has “offered” to let me do it. She refuses to participate herself but has agreed that if I can find two women [...]

Smile, Nod, Preserve Mystery

Dear Short Answers: Even though I just turned 50, it seems that younger men (I am gay) are starting to find me very attractive. Maybe it’s a “daddy” thing. Maybe I just look “distinguished” and “employed.” But what does it matter? Shouldn’t I just take advantage of it while it lasts and fool around as [...]

Works Both Ways

Dear Short Answers: My mother (who is in her 60s, so she’s not ancient) refuses to use a cell phone for anything other than emergencies. She never answers it and doesn’t even know how to text. For me, this isn’t a huge problem but her grandkids don’t know how to communicate any other way and [...]

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished…

Dear Short Answers: My husband recently got a new job and we are planning to move to Charlotte, North Carolina. We have two kids (4 and 6) and we’re all very excited about the move. The problem is that my parents (who currently live only a few blocks away) are devastated that we are moving [...]


Dear Short Answers: My parents are getting older and need more and more attention. They refuse to move into an assisted living facility and seem to expect their children (there are 3 of us) to help out with things around the house, running errands and taking them to the doctor. Where does my responsibility as [...]

Sartorially Splendid (Not)

Dear Short Answers: Can you settle an argument that I am having with my wife? I like to wear old clothes around the house and I admit that some of them are a bit ratty. They’re clean but a stain here or there. My wife thinks I should try to look nice all the time [...]

Old Story

Dear Short Answers: My parents are in their 90s and getting to the point where they truly need to be watched very carefully. Nothing bad has happened but … it might at any time. Every year, they spend 2 weeks at a beach house that has been in the family for generations. This year, I [...]

Leave This One Alone

Dear Short Answers: There is a couple that lives down the street from us that is very, very heavy. I would probably call them obese. Obviously, I have never said anything to them about this – they certainly know how much they weigh. But I have noticed recently that their children (who are about 4 [...]

Age Old Stories

Dear Short Answers: My husband wants to move into a one-story house so that when we get older, we won’t have to walk up and down stairs. I understand his concern but we have lived in this house for over 30 years and I love it. It is filled with incredible memories and is the [...]

The Problem of Stuff

Dear Short Answers: My mother is getting to that age (she’s in her 90s) when she is starting to give away all of her possessions to her family and friends.  I understand her need to do this and appreciate the small items like jewelry and personal mementos that I have received.  But she is now [...]

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