Expectations

Dear Short Answers Over the past couple of years my parents have gotten more and more frail and require a lot of care and attention.  Fortunately, my 3 brothers and I all live fairly close by and can stop by every day if we needed to.  Unfortunately, my parents have decided that as the only [...]

Grow Up!

Dear Short Answers: I started working over a year ago at a PR firm.  It was truly an entry level position and my responsibilities are mostly answering the phone and making the senior executives travel arrangements.  There doesn’t seem to be any possibility of advancement here (I’ve already asked).  The problem is that I LOVE [...]

Love Him or Leave Him

Dear Short Answers: My husband (72) seems to be chronically depressed or have a mood disorder.  In the last 12 years, 4 different doctors have prescribed antidepressants which he refuses to take.  He sleeps most of the day, bathes about every 2 weeks, has no friends and his adult children from out-of-state have never visited [...]

Demanding Full Attention?

Dear Short Answers: Ever since my boyfriend got a job, he doesn’t seem to love me anymore. What should I do? Peggy Dear Peggy: The one thing you shouldn’t do is act jealous of his job. Working is good. Having other interests is good. Maybe you should try it. Like Unlike

A Short Question

Dear Short Answers: My daughter recently started dating someone who is abnormally short.  I mean really, really short.  I don’t mean to seem shallow but I know that short people have a harder time in this world than tall people do.  How do I convince her that somebody of average height or taller would make [...]

Dangerous Liaisons

Dear Short Answers: I made the mistake of having sex with someone who works for me.  It was only once and we’ve never discussed it again.  But now, I am being forced to cut back on the size of my department and the person in question should be one of the people let go.  But [...]

Risky Business

Dear Short Answers: At a family dinner, my 45 year old sister-in-law proudly shared with me that the new wine glasses were stolen by her during her employer’s Christmas party (6 glasses in total). Her risky behavior and dishonestly have been weighing on me especially since she handles her father’s finances. My husband and his [...]

Too Much of a Good Thing

Dear Short Answers: How much time should a husband and wife have to spend together? Other than sleeping and going to work, my wife expects me to spend every minute of every day with her. I love her, but it’s driving me crazy. Too Much Dear Too: You need to talk to her about this. [...]

If It Feels Freaky, It Is Freaky

Dear Short Answers: Last year my daughter was a foreign exchange student in Norway so this year, as part of the program, we have taken in a student from Venezuela. She’s a lovely girl and my daughter and her have become great friends. The problem is my husband who I fear has become infatuated with [...]

Oh My Dear

Dear Short Answers: Do you think it’s important for women to work?  My boyfriend makes enough money for both of us to live comfortably and he would prefer that I quit my job so that I can pay more attention to him.  Do you think that’s a good thing to do? Janet Dear Janet: Exactly [...]

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