Weighty Choices

Dear Short Answers: When I was younger, I was very much into the environment and careful about the products I used. My goal was to reduce my carbon footprint to practically zero. But now that I have two small children I find that I am using plastic and other disposable products more and more. I even [...]

Where Angels Fear

Dear Short Answers: I just found out that someone I thought I knew very well is a TRUMP SUPPORTER!!! How do I go on? Errrgh Dear Errrgh: One step at a time … and carefully. Like Unlike

Wrong Question

Dear Short Answers: Of course I think sexual assault is wrong, but do you think the current environment of high profile firings is a little “hysterical “? X Dear X: Nope. Like Unlike

Timely Query

Dear Short Answers: What is politics? Innocent Bystander Dear Innocent: Politics is the artful manipulation of any situation in service of one’s own agenda. Like Unlike

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

Your Sister’s Keeper

Dear Short Answers: I took my dog to the dog park yesterday and while I was there a woman came in with a rather large dog and soon after, she left and left her dog in the dog park. I thought she might be just going to her car or something but I was there [...]

What About a Day Job?

Dear Short Answers: One of my children desperately wants to be an actor and has worked very hard to be a success. But no matter what he does — classes, auditions, networking — he doesn’t get any paying jobs.  Which means that I continue to pay his rent so he doesn’t end up on the [...]

It’s Your Money and Your Vote

Dear Short Answers: Now that the government is planning to eliminate all funding to the arts, I have been getting a lot of urgent requests from local arts organizations to donate. I cannot possibly afford to give to all of them.  How do I decide how to allocate the limited funds that I have? Do [...]

Color Bind

Dear Short Answers: Why don’t they make black ballet shoes for black dancers? I am African-American and a professional dancer and I must continually apply make-up or polish to my shoes before performances. Not Pink Dear Pink: Of course you are correct. Try contacting the manufacturer.  Or better yet suggest to the business manager of [...]

Singing to the Choir

Dear Short Answers: I have been singing with my church choir for over 10 years and I think I have a pretty decent voice. We recently got a new choir director who has decided that he wants everyone in the choir to “audition.” I’m not good under that kind of pressure and I don’t feel [...]

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