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 [...]

‘’Tis the Season

Dear Short Answers: When can I start listening to Holiday Music?? In the Spirit Dear Spirit: Now is fine with us. Like Unlike

Basic

Dear Short Answers: My friend’s parents are hosting all their kids and family plus some friends of their kids– like me.  Do I need to confirm invite with my friend’s parents or can I assume my friend is “empowered”. Guest to Be Dear Guest2B: Yes, of course confirm with the hosts.  You may certainly do [...]

Truth and Consequences

Dear Short Answers: It’s already New Year’s Eve and I have not received a single thank you note or phone call from any of my 7 nieces and nephews who I bought significant Christmas gifts for.  Should I just keep waiting?  Or complain to their parents? Uncle Dear Uncle: Cool your jets. Talk to us [...]

We Hope You Feel Better

Dear Short Answers: In my lifetime, Christmas has always been more commercial than spiritual, but from where I sit, we have reached a tipping point. It is so commercial that when I wish someone a Merry Christmas I don’t even know what I mean.  I feel like asking everyone who says it to me what [...]

Seasonal Greetings

Dear Short Answers: If your cleaning person is a Jehovah’s Witness, is it still appropriate to give her a Christmas tip? Megg Dear Megg: Sure. It is always appropriate to say thank you — and not necessary to call it a Christmas gift. Like Unlike

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 [...]

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