True ’til Proven Otherwise

Dear Short Answers: One of my dearest friends (who, by the way, is not very rich nor very attractive) has announced to everyone in town that she has a new boyfriend who is half her age!  Fine, I know it’s none of my business.  But somehow this mysterious boyfriend is never in town when we […]

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

Boy Friends and Best Friends

Dear Short Answers: My boyfriend is cheating on me with my BFF and he does not know that I know that. What should I do? Upset Dear Upset: Sounds like you better talk to him. In fact, you better talk to both of them — considering that you may have made two poor choices. Like […]

Demanding Full Attention?

Dear Short Answers: Ever since my boyfriend got a job, he doesn’t seem to love me anymore. What should I do? Peggy Dear Peggy: The one thing you shouldn’t do is act jealous of his job. Working is good. Having other interests is good. Maybe you should try it. Like Unlike

Game of Hearts

Dear Short Answers: Valentine’s Day is coming up and I don’t have a girl friend or a date. What do you suggest I go on that dreaded night all alone and by myself? Lonely Heart Dear Lonely: We always thought that Valentine’s Day, like New Year’s Eve was for amateurs — however, if you are […]


Dear Short Answers: What do you do when your best friend starts to really annoy you?  I’m not sure whether she has changed or I have.  But we’ve been friends for 40 years and it’s getting to the point where I can’t stand to be around her.  She whines and complains about everything and nothing […]

When Less Is More

Dear Short Answers: My husband and I have decided to get a divorce although we haven’t told anyone yet. We are still living together because we haven’t figured out all the details of our separation which is about as friendly as this kind of thing could be. Both of us feel that we should really […]

Food Bullies

Dear Short Answers: I recently decided to become a vegetarian. It’s been something that I’ve been considering for a long time and when friends ask me about it, I am honest about it and tell them that I just decided that it was the right thing to do both ethically and health-wise. Apparently, if you’re […]