Why Airplanes Were Invented

Dear Short Answers: Are long distance relationships impossible? Frequent Flier Dear FF: No, they are VERY possible and have many side benefits ranging from self-discovery to sexy reunions. Like Unlike

The Best Intentions

Dear Short Answers: I recently hosted a dinner party where one of the guests truly insulted and offended another guest. I don’t want this to be a bad reflection on me. Should I apologize to the offended guest? Should I ask the offender to apologize himself? Embarrassed Dear E: You could say to “The Offended” [...]

Hard to Say

Dear Short Answers: Will I ever find someone? Lonely Dear Lonely: Everyone wonders; nobody knows.   But the chances are much better if you fish where the fish are. Like Unlike

Winners and Losers

Dear Short Answers: Why is it so hard to be friends with an ex-girlfriend? Ex-BF Dear X: Breakups are about broken hearts and someone walks away with the  deeper wounds.  This is not a strong foundation for friendship. Like Unlike

Easy Does It

Dear Short Answers: I have a good friend who I believe is getting Alzheimer’s. She forgets things more and more and sometimes seems a little confused. She lives alone and I am afraid that something bad will happen if I don’t intervene. But what do I do? Getting Worried Dear GW: Gently suggest it might [...]

Who Are You? J. Edgar Hoover?

Dear Short Answers: Last week, the husband of a good friend of mine passed away. He was in his early 60s and it was a big surprise to most people. I knew, however, that “Bill” was heavily into drugs and alcohol and I think that was at least partially the cause of his death. In [...]

Loose Lips

Dear Short Answers: Why is confidentiality  so important to some people? Blabbermouth Dear Blabs: Confidentiality is important because people like to control their own narrative. 1 person likes this post. Unlike

Dear Old Dad

Dear Short Answers: After 25 years of marriage my parents recently got divorced. That was bad enough but I have also found out secrets about my dad that I never knew. He was married and had a kid before he met my mom. And he might have even been in jail although I’m not completely [...]


Dear Short Answers: At what point can I steal my neighbor’s dog? They pay absolutely no attention to it. It’s either inside all day whining or outside tied up. I don’t think it’s ever been bathed. I checked and it doesn’t have a license. But when I called the local shelter they told me that [...]

Hell No, We Won’t Go

Dear Short Answers: I have a neighbor who is constantly inviting me and my wife to their home for drinks or dinner or parties. We said “yes” once and had a horrible time — we were bored to tears. We’ve said “no” the last 10 times but she persists. How can I convince her once [...]

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