We Smell Trouble

Dear Short Answers: My wife and I have been planning a hiking vacation for over a year.  She isn’t a big fan of hiking but we made a compromise — we would first take a vacation that SHE chose (we went to Bermuda) and then it would be MY turn to select a vacation destination. [...]

Closed Mouths Don’t Get Fed

Dear Short Answers: What’s the best way to handle a neighbor who parks all over your property during holidays, inconveniencing your visitors, and what should his response be when notified? Irritated Dear Irritated: A firm but polite note to your neighbor right now seems appropriate. As to his response…we can hardly wait! Like Unlike

Tidings of Comfort and Joy — No Restrictions Apply

Dear Short Answers: Is it wrong to celebrate Christmas if you don’t believe in god? Charles Dear Charles: We never think its a bad idea to celebrate ANYTHING! 1 person likes this post. Unlike

Communication Malfunction

Dear Short Answers: Every year for many, many years, my wife and I have been invited to a friend’s house for Thanksgiving.  This year, we did not receive an invitation.  It seemed rude to bring this up to them so we simply made other plans.  The day before Thanksgiving, I ran into my friend who [...]

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) [...]

Caveat Emptor

Dear Short Answers: I recently started dating a woman and we seem to really hit it off.  But I just found out that she is living with (and I really mean LIVING with) another woman.  She has invited me back to her house and hinted that we might get into a three-some with her “roommate.”  [...]

Don’t Get Us Started

Dear Short Answers: I kept putting off buying Christmas presents until finally it was too late and I didn’t actually buy any gifts for anyone this year. Now I’m feeling guilty. Should I buy presents when everything goes on sale and tell people that is why I procrastinated? Or do I just ignore the whole [...]

Life Is Worthwhile if You Give It a Go

Dear Short Answers: I am going on my first date tomorrow since I split with an ex of many years.  I am filled with hope — and  tidings of comfort and joy. Am I crazy? A Believer Dear believer: Yep. You are crazy and wonderful, and you are, in our opinion, likely to be very [...]

‘Tis the Season

Dear Short Answers: I am just not in the mood for Christmas this year. Is it okay for me to just ignore everything — no parties, no presents, no decorations? Or do you think I need to force myself to participate because I’ll be sorry if I dont? Hummm Bug Dear Hummm: There is a [...]

Dickensian Christmas

Dear Short Answers: I run a small business with 6 employees. Business was not great this year and I’m pretty sure that I will need to lay-off one employee. I think they all know this because it’s pretty obvious that we don’t have enough customers to keep everyone busy. Is it better to lay off [...]

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