21st Century Toolbox

Dear Short Answers: How does a psychrometer work? Want to Know Dear Know: Interesting question — have you heard of GOOGLE? Like Unlike

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 [...]

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. [...]

It Doesn’t Begin with the Mirror

Dear Short Answers: Am I pretty? Not Too Sure Dear Not Sure: We have a hunch you are very pretty. Convince yourself and you will convince the world. 1 person likes this post. Unlike

Pitiful Her

Dear Short Answers: What’s the right way to compliment a woman who looks especially nice at work?  The other day I said, “My goodness you look terribly nice today” and she replied “What do you mean by that?  Don’t I look nice the other days?”  Should I just give up and keep my compliments to [...]

Good Things Get Better, Bad Get Worse

Dear Short Answers: I’m well past 50 years old but my mother still has the ability to make me feel like an incompetent fool every time I talk to her. Nothing I do is ever right — or certainly not the way she would have handled something.  Would it be wrong of me to simply [...]

Yesterday’s News

Dear Short Answers: Is there a statute of limitations on cheating on your wife? I had one single affair over 10 years ago and she still won’t let me forget it. Every time we have an argument, this affair somehow pops us as proof that I’m an asshole. Don’t you think it’s time she forgot [...]

No Silver Bullet

Dear Short Answers: Every morning I wake up and vow that I am not going to eat too much or drink too much.  But then I get hungry and have a big lunch.  Then friends invite me out for a quick drink and I have 6.  My motivation is super high in the morning and [...]

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

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 [...]

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