Lighten Up

Dear Short Answers: My husband has the worst table manners I have ever seen and I don’t know what to do about it.  You can tell me to just ignore it but I am afraid that our friends won’t invite us over for dinner parties anymore because they are disgusted when they see him picking [...]

Writer’s Rule

Dear Short Answers: What is the proper procedure to list  relatives when a 92-year old mother passes away?In my husband’s mother’s obituary, his name as son was listed, then after his name, the name of his first wife (deceased), then my name.  He was DIVORCED from his first wife in 1994 and then, she died 6 [...]

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

Decor or Decorum?

Dear Short Answers: What do you do in the living room? New Wife Dear Wife: Anything you wish that is not flushable or combustible. Like Unlike

Truth Sayer

Dear Short Answers: I am a pretty good cook and I frequently have dinner parties at my home.  The problem is that my husband always feels compelled to give out my “culinary” secrets.  For example, if someone compliments the dessert, he’ll say “Oh, Helen just bought a pound cake and dressed it up!”  Or if [...]

Teach the Children

Dear Short Answers: What do I do about my friends who are still carrying a torch for Bernie? Getting Annoyed Dear Getting: Just shake your head and sigh, and tell them that you love them. Like Unlike

Yes or No

Dear Short Answers: Is it polite to go out with boys you don’t really like just to be nice? Or is it mean to waste their money if you’re not really into them? Girl Trying to Do the Right Thing Dear Girl: You should value your own time, not just their money. If you are [...]

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 [...]

Uncertain Future

Dear Short Answers: As my parents have gotten older (they are both in their late 70s), they have gotten more and more philanthropic and seem to give money away to just about any charity that asks. Since their money is MY inheritance, shouldn’t I be consulted?  They always promised that when they go, I will [...]

Accept Defeat

Dear Short Answers: My husband has the worst table manners I have ever seen. Most of the things he does I try to ignore (like tucking his napkin into his collar or slurping his soup).  But there is one thing that drives me crazy.  He pushes his food around on his plate with his fingers!!! [...]

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