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 [...]

2 Plus 1?

Dear Short Answers: About 6 months ago, I started volunteering at the local animal shelter and go there 2 or 3 times a week to play with and walk the dogs.  They often need temporary foster homes especially if a dog needs medical care and a quieter environment to recover in.  I promised my husband [...]

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 [...]

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