What a Wonderful World It Could Be

Dear Short Answers: Why is it important to have respect? James Dear James: It is important to have the respect for others because it contributes to your own sense of self-esteem. However, we think it is even more important to show respect to others, because it is the basis of our social contract. Like Unlike

The Department of Yuck

Dear Short Answers: My husband probably has the most disgusting habit I’ve ever seen but there is nothing I can do to stop him. Frank has a great deal of nose and ear hair and he is constantly “plucking” it out even in public.  I’ve begged him to do this ONLY in the privacy of […]

Keeping It Simple

Dear Short Answers: I have several friends who have more than one email address. It’s confusing to me which address they use for which purpose so I usually just send an email to both addresses. I understand the business/personal rule that some people have.  But some of my friends have bizarre email rules like “please […]

Color Bind

Dear Short Answers: Why don’t they make black ballet shoes for black dancers? I am African-American and a professional dancer and I must continually apply make-up or polish to my shoes before performances. Not Pink Dear Pink: Of course you are correct. Try contacting the manufacturer.  Or better yet suggest to the business manager of […]

First World Problem

Dear Short Answers: I’m finding it very difficult to navigate this new era of “sexual” correctness. I grew up in an era when  it was perfectly acceptable to compliment a man or a woman on how they looked and a simple hug was not considered sexual harassment.  Is there an easy way to figure this […]

Not Joined at the Hip

Dear Short Answers: I don’t want to ask a question. I want to comment on your answer to Sister Sal whose husband did not want to go to her family reunion. You gave him a free pass to be a selfish, inconsiderate jerk towards his wife and her family. That’s what is wrong with couples […]

Rude Questions Deserve No Answers

Dear Short Answers: I am a recovering alcoholic and have been doing quite well. But even after TWO YEARS, some people continue to urge me to have “just one”  — or worse, demand an explanation for why I no longer drink. Do I owe an explanation? Sober and Smiling Dear S&S: First, we would like […]

Mutton Dressed as Lamb?

Dear Short Answers: I am an aging fashionista.  I still wear skinny jeans and frankly anything else that appeals to me. I hate the ‘goddess’ look — or anything else that suggests that you no longer care. At least  not for me. I realize that I may not have an accurate view of myself (I’m […]

More Bread for Us!

Dear Short Answers: Is it really possible that half the world has suddenly developed gluten allergies? Bread Lover Dear BL: Yes, we have noticed this strange phenomena ourselves. And we say “let them eat rice!” Like Unlike

Moral Relativism

Dear Short Answers: Recently I was with a friend who accidentally hit another car in a parking lot. From the sound of it, it wasn’t trivial. I was quite shocked that he drove away without checking the damage or leaving a note. I told my friend that it didn’t seem right to me. He said […]

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