Get Over It

Dear Short Answers: Last month my wife and I had planned to go on a cruise. At the last minute, our dog got very sick and needed to spend a few days at the vet.  We had no idea when our dog would be returning home and we didn’t want to leave him at the [...]

Accept Defeat

Dear Short Answers: My husband has the worst table manners I have ever seen. Most of the things he does I try to ignore (like tucking his napkin into his collar or slurping his soup).  But there is one thing that drives me crazy.  He pushes his food around on his plate with his fingers!!! [...]

When It’s Off, It’s Still On

Dear Short Answers: Why do they make the lights on computers so bright?  When I go to bed at night, I need to put towels over my computer, printer, TV, scanner, modem, router and phone.  Even when they’re turned off, the lights are bright enough to land a plane.  Is this really necessary? Making Me [...]

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 [...]

Ready to “Glo”

Dear Short Answers: How long should it reasonably take a grown woman to get ready for a party?  My wife starts this complicated process around 5 PM and we’re ready to go out the door around 7:30PM!!!!  Isn’t that about 2 hours longer than necessary??? Irate Dear I: Why is this your issue? However long [...]

Inventory Issue

Dear Short Answers: I run a small retail clothing store in a small town and I tend to carry pretty unique items. I recently saw one of my dresses at a party and went up to the woman to compliment her.  Unfortunately, she said that she bought the dress online, not in my shop.  I [...]

A Useful Rx

Dear Short Answers: Why is work important? Bee Dear Bee: Work is often ballast against poverty, boredom, and slothfulness.  It has been known to ameliorate depression, heartache and low self-esteem. From time to time, it can be all of the above. Like Unlike