Damn the Torpedoes?

Dear Short Answers: My boss has made some very flirtatious remarks to me and has come very close to asking me out on a date.  But every time I think he’s going to do it, he stops himself and says “of course I can’t ask you on a date because we have rules about that [...]

Self-Indulgence

Dear Short Answers: When I go out to dinner with friends and we are splitting the check,  I am very sensitive about the price of the wine that I select.  But sometimes, there just isn’t a wine for under $20 that I would drink. So I pick something in the $40-50 range.  Is it wrong [...]

The Road Less Traveled

Dear Short Answers: Why are colleges so competitive? Under-dog Dear Dog: Some are, some aren’t. The most competitive colleges may not be right for you. Define your own game. 2 people like this post. Unlike

Gossip

Dear Short Answers: A couple of weeks ago, one of the guys I work with was fired. We’re not really friends but we hang out in the same places so we know a lot of the same people. He begged me not to tell anyone that he got fired because he didn’t want any of [...]

Lucky Boy

Dear Short Answers: What do you think about taking a gap year between high school and college? My son wants to spend a year in Europe which we can afford. But I’m afraid that he won’t eventually go to college if he stops going to school and enjoys himself too much. How do I give [...]

Operative Word: Gentle

Dear Short Answers: I recently had a child and am fortunate enough to be able to afford a full-time nanny so that I could go back to work.  Unfortunately, one of my best friends who also has a young child is still trying to balance being a mom and working full-time but can’t afford a [...]

Do What You Love, But Fix What You Must

Dear Short Answers: Do you think that sons should be trained to do housework just like daughters are? My husband disagrees with me on this subject. He thinks that girls should learn cooking and cleaning and boys should learn auto repair and yard work. I think he’s being ridiculous but I don’t know how to [...]

Habits and Practices

Dear Short Answers: My soon-to-be-wife converted to Catholicism when she married her second husband and he insisted that they raise their children in the Catholic church. Now that we are getting married, she is insisting that I convert. Since we are much too old to have children, I don’t really see the point. Some days, [...]

Read

Dear Short Answers: Has the world given up on reading? An Ancient Reader Dear Reader: It certainly appears so. And yet, we see a lot of adults buying books for kids. Unlikely that the kids will develop the appetite if mom and dad are in the glow of one screen or another. Like Unlike

What Grown Ups Do

Dear Short Answers: I am gay and have recently started dating a very nice man. I only found out through other people, not him, that he had been married to a woman. I’m not surprised, because he isn’t as interested (or as good at) sex as all my previous boyfriends.  I’m thinking that maybe he [...]

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