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 [...]

National Health Emergency

Dear Short Answers: Last week when I was in the grocery store, I saw a mother with her four very, very fat children. As she loaded her cart with candy and sugary cereals and potato chips, I wanted so badly to say something to her but I didn’t.  I am still thinking about it and [...]

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 [...]

Learn a New Language?

Dear Short Answers: How do you navigate a year-long political season when it’s clear that you and your husband are on completely different sides of the fence?  A vow of silence? Stalemated Dear Stale: Try board games — or more sex. Like Unlike

Catch Up on Netflix

Dear Short Answers: Now that another presidential election is underway, my husband has become obsessed with watching CNN, Fox News, MSNBC just about nonstop every day.  How do I convince him to calm down and watch “Scandal” instead?? News Weary Dear News: Sorry, we can’t help. We are obsessed too! The news is better than [...]

Ego Needs

Dear Short Answers: My boss takes credit for everything I do at work. How do I make him stop and at least get credit for the things I do? So Unfair Dear Unfair: On the most basic level, your job is to make your BOSS look good.  On the other hand, you could try telling [...]

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