Over and Out

Dear Short Answers: I recently discovered that several people who I thought were good friends turned out not to be. They have gossiped and lied about me behind my back and have made some pretty hateful comments. Do I confront them and try to “clear the air” or do I chalk this up to experience [...]

Uncertain Future

Dear Short Answers: As my parents have gotten older (they are both in their late 70s), they have gotten more and more philanthropic and seem to give money away to just about any charity that asks. Since their money is MY inheritance, shouldn’t I be consulted?  They always promised that when they go, I will [...]

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Dear Short Answers: My father’s second wife passed away last month and left me a very extensive and presumably rare collection of china figurines. When she was alive, she loved to show them to me and I would always feign interest in them. Now, he expects me to display them in my home.  He even [...]

Easier Said than Done

Dear Short Answers: I have my daughter under lock and key — no dating, drugs or alcohol.  But she will be 18 this month. Now what? Dad Dear Dad: Lock and Key is not necessarily what we recommend for teaching teens about responsible choice-making. That said, tell her you are proud of her and that [...]

Many Are Called, Few Are Chosen

Dear Short Answers: My son, who is 18 years old, very athletic and very handsome, has decided that he wants to move to NYC to become a model.  I have tried to reason with him and explain that college is more important but he believes that if he waits for four years, he may be [...]

Two on Their Own Road

Dear Short Answers: My sister and her beloved are getting married and they are driving me crazy. The don’t begin to know any basic life skills. None! What should I do? Worried Sister Dear Sister: There is no “do” in this for you. Your sister and her beloved will develop the road map and the [...]

Grow Up!

Dear Short Answers: I started working over a year ago at a PR firm.  It was truly an entry level position and my responsibilities are mostly answering the phone and making the senior executives travel arrangements.  There doesn’t seem to be any possibility of advancement here (I’ve already asked).  The problem is that I LOVE [...]

Your Call

Dear Short Answers: I am 24 years old but very inexperienced sexually.  My boyfriend is trying to get me to try all sorts of different things but I don’t think I’m really ready.  He says that I won’t know what I really like until I try different things.  Am I being a prude?  Or do [...]

Who Decides?

Dear Short Answers: My friends and I are making a club but the president of the club is excluding my other two friends. What should I do? Nervous Dear Nervous: Tell the “prez” that you would like to include your other two friends.  If you don’t feel comfortable with the “prez” making these decisions, tell [...]

21st Century Toolbox

Dear Short Answers: How does a psychrometer work? Want to Know Dear Know: Interesting question — have you heard of GOOGLE? 1 person likes this post. Unlike

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