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 [...]

Damn the Torpedoes?

Dear Short Answers: My boss has made some very flirtatious remarks to me and has come very close to asking me out on a date.  But every time I think he’s going to do it, he stops himself and says “of course I can’t ask you on a date because we have rules about that [...]

Not a Voting Issue

Dear Short Answers: How do I know if I am  poor mother?  Someone sarcastically told me I was running for “Mother of the Year.” Discouraged Dear Discouraged: Do the best you can, like all the rest of us.  Tell your sarcastic friend to stuff it. 1 person likes this post. Unlike

Half Right

Dear Short Answers: As a parent of two children (an 8-year old girl and a 10-year old boy), I am sick and tired of the EVERY KID IS SPECIAL nonsense that is so popular today. Every kid DOES NOT deserve an award just for showing up. How do I get them prepared for the real [...]

No Winning Ticket, Bunky?

Dear Short Answers: Do you think some people are lucky and some are unlucky? A Loser Dear L: Although we’d all love to think that we are in control of our own lives, it is patently obvious that some are dealt a better hand than others.  How one plays the hand that is dealt is [...]

Identity Issues

Dear Short Answers: Everybody at work seems to think I’m gay even though I am not. The women ask me advice on clothes and hair and the men roll their eyes and change the subject when I try to talk about sports. It’s just not funny anymore and it makes me uncomfortable. How do I [...]

Careful What You Wish For

Dear Short Answers: After many years of thinking about it, I finally decided to have some face work done.  I’m very proud of myself and think it looks great.  But nobody has said ONE COMPLIMENTARY THING!!  Should I tell people?  Maybe they’ve noticed were embarrassed to comment. Pouty Dear Pouty: In our opinion, the best [...]

Phone Vienna

Dear Short Answers: I have a recurring dream that seems to involve yards and yards of red velvet. That’s all I can remember… what does this mean? Red Velvet Dear Red Velvet: We haven’t a clue. But it sounds sexy.  Like Unlike

Time for a Change

Dear Short Answers: How do you know when it’s time to retire? Tired and Grumpy Dear T&G: It is time to do something else when the work you do takes more than it gives.  Maybe you need to find another career, or maybe you need to rethink your priorities.  Either  one can be energizing. 1 [...]

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