Now You Know

Dear Short Answers: Why is respect so important? JEB Dear JEB: It is the basis of our social contract with one another. It is an acknowledgment of our shared humanity. Like Unlike

Cultural Misfortune

Dear Short Answers: Why is money so important? $$ Dear $$: Because people make it so. Like Unlike

Dangerous Liaisons

Dear Short Answers: I made the mistake of having sex with someone who works for me.  It was only once and we’ve never discussed it again.  But now, I am being forced to cut back on the size of my department and the person in question should be one of the people let go.  But [...]

And Why Is This Your Business?

Dear Short Answers: I have a friend who is 28 years old and she recently told me she been dating a man who is 52 years old, has 2 daughters older than her and has been married 3 times. She also found out that he cheated on all 3 of his wives and may have [...]

Growing Up Circa 2015

Dear Short Answers: My son recently turned 26 and must now get his own health insurance.  From what I understand, this is not difficult and not expensive under Obamacare.  But his philosophy is since he doesn’t own anything, they can’t force him to pay and he’ll get free care if anything happens.  He’s probably right [...]

Good Help Is Hard to Find

Dear Short Answers: My partner and I have had a wonderful cleaning lady for the past several years.  She is thorough, reliable and reasonably-priced.  The only drawback has been that she doesn’t speak much English, but we have managed okay in that regard.  The problem is that she recently converted to a religion that is [...]

Risky Business

Dear Short Answers: At a family dinner, my 45 year old sister-in-law proudly shared with me that the new wine glasses were stolen by her during her employer’s Christmas party (6 glasses in total). Her risky behavior and dishonestly have been weighing on me especially since she handles her father’s finances. My husband and his [...]

Emotion on Demand?

Dear Short Answers: Both of my parents recently passed away at the age of 92 and 96. They had wonderful lives, weren’t too sick and raised a large and pretty normal family. I didn’t make a big deal of their passing but I’ve mentioned it to a few people who are appalled that I seem [...]

Too Much of a Good Thing

Dear Short Answers: How much time should a husband and wife have to spend together? Other than sleeping and going to work, my wife expects me to spend every minute of every day with her. I love her, but it’s driving me crazy. Too Much Dear Too: You need to talk to her about this. [...]

Monkey in the Middle

Dear Short Answers: What is our responsibility to our parents as they get older and require more time, more energy and more money from their children? Exhausted and Broke Dear E&B: We hear you. This is very tough and the boundaries are different in every family. Remember that you are an adult (which is often [...]

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