Matter of Life and Death

Dear Short Answers: I am so afraid that my niece is into seriously heavy drugs but my sister (her mother) refuses to listen to me. Is there anything else I should be doing to try to help or do I just need to stay out of this horrible situation? Scared Auntie Dear Scared: We think [...]

Personal Preference

Dear Short Answers: Is a square a rectangle? Prepping for School Dear Prep: Yes, it is a favorite of ours. Like Unlike

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

The Easy Lie; The Difficult Truth

Dear Short Answers: A close relative frequently lies to me. Not about anything really important (that I know of) but truth does not seem to be a habit. Should I say something? Becoming Distrustful Dear Distrustful: Wait until an opportunity presents itself and then question (politely and casually) the particular lie or half truth.  Don’t [...]

What’s It to Ya?

Dear Short Answers: A friend of mine’s mother recently passed away after a very long illness. My friend is understandably saddened by this even though he did not have a very close relationship with his mom over the past 10 years. He’s now decided, however, to sell his house and quit his job and move [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Gossip, Plain and Simple

Dear Short Answers: I have two reasonably good friends who have been dating for the past 6 months. When they broke up a few weeks ago, Tracy told me that she didn’t want to give me details but that Brandon had done things to her that were so horrible that no one should go near [...]

The Answer is “No”

Dear Short Answers: When I was growing up, just about everybody was heterosexual with a few oddballs here and there.  Today, it seems like there are a million different categories from gay to straight to bisexual to transgender.  How do kids today figure out what they are?  Can’t we just go back to the way [...]

Dice Are Loaded

Dear Short Answers: I am a straight woman in Key West who considers herself to be pretty smart and savvy however this one stumps me.  I have a gay male friend who has expressed to me many years ago how grossed out he is thinking about sex with a woman. Now, all of a sudden [...]

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