Go to the Source

Dear Short Answers: About 2 years ago, a good friend of mine stopped talking to me. I truly have no idea why. I still see him at parties and events (we both work in publishing) and we have a lot of friends in common. I have asked everyone and they all tell me that they [...]

Is Anybody Listening?

Dear Short Answers: Is it bad to talk about your work all the time? It is, after all, mostly the thing that I do. Worker Bee Dear WB: Consider your audience. If it’s a dialogue and others are participating — carry on.  But a monologue about anything gets tiresome. Like Unlike

Brave New World

Dear Short Answers: Under what circumstances is it acceptable to elope? Thinking About It Dear Thinking: It is quite acceptable if it is what you and your intended wish to do. If necessary, remind relatives and friends that it really is about the two of you. Like Unlike

A Matter of Taste

Dear Short Answers: What is the best vodka to use for Bloody Mary’s? Jan Dear Jan: Probably not necessary to use a top shelf brand for a heavily flavored mixed drink.  We go for mid-priced on this one. Like Unlike

Why Wait?

Dear Short Answers: How long can you wait to write a thank you note? Always Late Dear Late: It is never too late to say “thank you” –  however time is not on your side. People expect to be thanked promptly and warmly. When they are not thanked promptly, they become irritated. When they are [...]

The World According to Hallmark

Dear Short Answers: A very good friend invited me to a fancy dinner party at her home for Valentine’s Day. I thought it was a wonderful idea since my husband died this past year and I knew that Valentine’s Day was going to be hard for me. A few days before the dinner, my friend [...]

It’s Not Personal, It’s Business

Dear Short Answers: I am a long-time editor at a print publication. Last year, a new publisher came onboard and promised that if I cut back drastically, this would mean extra money for me. So I did — a lot. However, after this past year of “working harder,” I’m making even less money now — [...]

Dues Paid

Dear Short Answers: Hillary Clinton is the most popular politician in America. Why is that? Wondering Why Dear WW: It’s a country western song!  She suffered many indignities (most hated first lady, cheating husband, working for her former adversary) and held  it together  with  some grace. Not to mention raising a lovely daughter in the [...]

Clothes Maketh the Man

Dear Short Answers: A friend of mine’s husband recently passed away. He was very stylish and had a great many wonderful clothes (which I often commented on). I’m sure that my friend remembered because she has given my husband boxes and boxes of her husband’s old clothes. The problem is that they aren’t the nice [...]

How About a Flu Shot?

Dear Short Answers: The people at work are dropping like flies — because of this horrible flu. Of course, they all come to work and hack and cough and sneeze and then go home to bed. Would it be wrong for me to call in sick — so that I can work from home and [...]

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