Dear Short Answers: As I get older, it seems that the only thing my friends like to talk about is their failing health and medical procedures.  I understand that this is a normal part of aging but it drives me crazy.  I have things wrong with me, too, but I don’t talk about it all [...]

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 [...]

No Accounting for Rudeness

Dear Short Answers: Over the past several years I have had some serious skin issues and stay out of the sun as much as I possibly can.  People have started to “comment” on how pale I am.  I  just say that I am sensitive to the sun or that I don’t want my skin to [...]

Out with It

Dear Short Answers: I recently discovered that my girlfriend has started to see a psychologist.  I’m not exactly sure why or why she hasn’t told me about it.  We’ve been living together for over 5 years and are thinking about getting married so I would think that we should be able to be completely honest [...]

Quitting Your Day Job

Dear Short Answers: I have a very good friend who is an excellent attorney and has a very good job.  The problem is that he desperately wants to be a singer/songwriter.  I have heard him a couple of times at private parties and once at a local bar.  Sadly, he is terrible.  And it’s not [...]

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

Harry Gets Harassed

Dear Short Answers: My wife keeps on talking about the same things.  She repeatedly asks the same  question, even after we make a decision she doesn’t believe me.  Help! Harry Dear Harry: If you feel that she nagging for no reason — then tell her so! Once.  However it sounds to us, that she thinks [...]

The “D” Word

Dear Short Answers: My girlfriend decided to get a nose ring and it completely grosses me out.  Every time I look at it, I think she’s got a bugger sticking out of her nose.  And I almost say “you’ve got a bugger sticking out of your nose” before I remember what it is.  Would it [...]

Manage your Expectations

Dear Short Answers: A woman at work recently got a new job in London and sent a note telling everybody in the office that we would be welcome to come visit her anytime.  I didn’t really know her very well but I would love to go to London since I’ve never been to Europe.  Do [...]

Life Stage

Dear Short Answers: It seems like everybody who has kids these days has no time left in their lives for their friends.  Should I give up trying to engage with parents of young kids and just wait until the kids go to college before trying to have an “adult” get together again?  My idea of [...]

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