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 [...]

Constructing Happiness

Dear Short Answers: I’ve started to de-friend everybody I know on Facebook who posts negative comments about anything — politics, family, life, anything. Now I only have about five friends left.  Is that wrong? Friend Poor Dear Poor: Why don’t you just stay off FB for awhile. Delete it if necessary. We have. Like Unlike

Stupid Is as Stupid Does

Dear Short Answers: How stupid can this site get? Not So Stupid Dear Not: We can get PRRRRETTY STUPID!!! Like Unlike

Her Loss, Your Gain

Dear Short Answers: I live in a small town. Someone I know quite well broke up with her guy a few months ago. I ran into her in a bar and she shared how happy she was that it was over. She has a history of having a short temper and although she started calmly [...]

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 [...]

Skeletons

Dear Short Answers: With all this publicity about Melania Trump’s nude photos, my wife admitted to me that when she was an aspiring actress, she once had a nude photo session.  She can’t remember what the photos were for but she needed the money.  That was a long time ago and the photos are probably [...]

When No News Is Better

Dear Short Answers: I have gotten so sick and tired of people posting their AMAZING vacation photos on Facebook. Why are all my friends going to incredible countries and having incredible adventures when I have to stay home and work???? Crabby Dear Crabby: We don’t know why you can’t manage a vaca — but surely [...]

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 [...]

Boring

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 [...]

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