Law of the Jungle

Dear Short Answers: I just started working for a new person and I already can’t stand her.  I try to pretend that I like her but I’m sure she has figured out that everything she does annoys me.  What is the secret for working for a person you hate? New Kid Dear Kid: Start loving [...]

Apples and Oranges

Dear Short Answers: What do you think of all this “identify confusion” that seems to be going around?  Bruce Jenner thinks he’s a girl and some white woman from Spokane thinks she’s Black.  Why can’t people just be happy with the way they were born? RWT Dear RWT: These two examples are not the same [...]

It’s a Zillion Dollar Business

Dear Short Answers: I am getting married next summer and trying to figure out my budget for the wedding.  Is there a general rule of thumb about how much these things should cost?  This is especially important since I’ll probably have to pay for the whole thing myself. ZN Dear ZN: Our rule of thumb [...]

Love Him or Leave Him

Dear Short Answers: My husband (72) seems to be chronically depressed or have a mood disorder.  In the last 12 years, 4 different doctors have prescribed antidepressants which he refuses to take.  He sleeps most of the day, bathes about every 2 weeks, has no friends and his adult children from out-of-state have never visited [...]

Happy Mother’s Day

Dear Short Answers: My girl friend and I have been living together for about a year.  It used to be my apartment but we now share the rent.  My mom came to visit me for 5 days last month.  We do have a second bedroom so there was enough room even though it gets pretty [...]

Better SAFE than Sorry

Dear Short Answers: My friend has a  boyfriend and I think they are having sex. She is only 15 and I don’t think she is using birth control. It’s none of my business but if she gets pregnant and has to drop out of school, I will feel so bad.  What should I do? Worried [...]

Warm and Cozy

Dear Short Answers: My son and his wife and his baby have been living with us for almost two years. To be honest, I haven’t really minded. Mostly.  Now they say they are expecting another baby. Does this mean they will never move out? Mom Dear Mom: Yes, they will never move out. Why should [...]

War on Boring

Dear Short Answers: My friends adopted a baby years ago. They are doting parents and their son is a poster child for adoption — happy, well-adjusted, polite — all the good stuff. HOWEVER, it is all they can talk about.  At first I enjoyed the stories and enjoyed how much they were enjoying being parents. [...]

No Reward Forthcoming

Dear Short Answers: I was recently passed over for a promotion even though I am much better qualified than the man who was given the job.  I went to my boss to discuss this situation and he offered to give me a substantial bonus as long as I didn’t report the situation to HR.  I [...]

Higher Mathematics

Dear Short Answers: My wife and I both work and make just about the same amount of money.  We both like our jobs but aren’t in love with them and we’d both like to retire by the time we are 60.  Since I’ve been doing mine longer, I think I should get to retire first. [...]

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