It’s a Matter of Taste

Dear Short Answers: How do you tell a friend that she needs a head to toe make-over? Its all wrong! Would Love to Help Dear Help: Fools jump in. Friends wait to be asked. Like Unlike

A Million Naked Stories

Dear Short Answers: Do you think having an affair is a deal breaker in a long marriage? Asking for a Friend Dear Friend: We don’t think it needs to be, but it actually isn’t our opinion that matters on this one. Tell your friend there is a lot of work to be done to restore [...]

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 [...]

Thin-Skinned

Dear Short Answers: I was in line to order a sandwich at a deli and this guy comes up to me and says that he’s in a hurry and can he cut in front of me. I wasn’t in a hurry myself so I said okay.  But when he stepped in line, all the people [...]

Truth or Consequences

Dear Short Answers: I desperately want to live in a foreign country for at least a year. I don’t really know why, I just do. My wife thinks that I’m crazy and refuses to discuss this. We both have good jobs and neither one of them has an overseas presence that would allow us to [...]

Freedom to Be Admired or at Least Acknowledged

Dear Short Answers: Lately, I feel very competitive in exercise class. I used to be “perfect” — now nobody notices and it makes me feel bad. Is this normal? What should I do? Former Star Dear Former: Sure it’s normal. Try a different class. Like Unlike

Gender Rules

Dear Short Answers: I recently read an article that said that knitting is very good for your brain and your hands, especially if you have arthritis. I decided to try it and I love it!!! The problem is that I’m a man and people give me quizzical looks when I take my knitting out at [...]

A Useful Rx

Dear Short Answers: Why is work important? Bee Dear Bee: Work is often ballast against poverty, boredom, and slothfulness.  It has been known to ameliorate depression, heartache and low self-esteem. From time to time, it can be all of the above. Like Unlike

Easier Said than Done

Dear Short Answers: I have my daughter under lock and key — no dating, drugs or alcohol.  But she will be 18 this month. Now what? Dad Dear Dad: Lock and Key is not necessarily what we recommend for teaching teens about responsible choice-making. That said, tell her you are proud of her and that [...]

A Very Good Thing

Dear Short Answers: Why did Mahatma Gandhi want to teach children handicrafts? Joe P Dear Joe: Same reason we like to teach kids crafts.  It develops manual dexterity, a sense of pride when the task is completed, the possibility of sale if they do them well, a prideful connection with their own traditions — and [...]

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