If You Are Gonna Tell the Truth, Tell It All

Dear Short Answers: I went on a business trip a couple of weeks ago to a city that I’ve always wanted to visit. I decided to extend my stay by a day so that I could sightsee but I knew that my wife would be jealous and upset so I didn’t tell her that I [...]

Better Living through Chemistry

Dear Short Answers: My husband and I are in our 70s and this is the third marriage for both of us. Completely out of the blue he announced that he is no longer “capable” of having sex with me and he thinks that I should get some sort of a “machine” to help me do [...]

Try It!

Dear Short Answers: My husband and I have been married and shared a bed and bedroom for almost 40 years.  Lately, however, I find that I don’t sleep as well as I used to and have asked my husband to consider sleeping in separate rooms (we have the space to do that).  My husband is [...]

Family Matters

Dear Short Answers: I have a large family that I see rather infrequently (due to distance, not compatibility).  Every couple of years one of my siblings or cousins shows up at our house either “unannounced” or with only a day or two notice.  I used to find it extremely annoying and mentioned it to them [...]

Wrong Issue

Dear Short Answers: My husband and I have had dogs our entire married life but now that we are retired I would like to travel more and taking dogs with us is not always a good option. As our current dogs get older and more frail, my husband wants to get a new puppy but [...]

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 [...]

A Litte Goes a Long Way

Dear Short Answers: The other day my wife asked where she could buy battery acid.  I know she takes care of her car, but I read this morning that a woman killed her (alleged) alcoholic boyfriend by lacing his drinks with battery acid. Should I be worried? John Doe Dear John: Depends on how much [...]

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 [...]

A Good Question

Dear Short Answers: How is married life a sort of business? Just Starting Out Dear Just Starting: Marriage is like a business in that you make deposits and withdrawals — of emotional energy, kindness and attention. There are times when one partner makes many withdrawals — just make sure you don’t exceed your deposits. Like [...]

Get Over It

Dear Short Answers: Last month my wife and I had planned to go on a cruise. At the last minute, our dog got very sick and needed to spend a few days at the vet.  We had no idea when our dog would be returning home and we didn’t want to leave him at the [...]

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