Personal Preference

Dear Short Answers: Is a square a rectangle? Prepping for School Dear Prep: Yes, it is a favorite of ours. Like Unlike

See It/Say It?

Dear Short Answers: My coworker won’t stop making sexual advances on our tech guy who happens to be a minority.  Should i tell on her? Her past convictions make the situation more complicated. The Bystander Dear Bystander: We think  the tech worker’s degree of  interest in her and her history are none of your business. [...]

A Litte Goes a Long Way

Dear Short Answers: The other day my wife asked where she could buy battery acid.  I know she takes care of her car, but I read this morning that a woman killed her (alleged) alcoholic boyfriend by lacing his drinks with battery acid. Should I be worried? John Doe Dear John: Depends on how much [...]

Freedom to Be Admired or at Least Acknowledged

Dear Short Answers: Lately, I feel very competitive in exercise class. I used to be “perfect” — now nobody notices and it makes me feel bad. Is this normal? What should I do? Former Star Dear Former: Sure it’s normal. Try a different class. Like Unlike

A Brave Old World

Dear Short Answers: What’s the deal with baby showers? Until this summer I never heard of them. Do I have to go? Janey Dear Janey: It seems to be a millennial thing — like big weddings and social media. Maybe they feel the need to connect after all that texting.  No, you don’t have to [...]

The Easy Lie; The Difficult Truth

Dear Short Answers: A close relative frequently lies to me. Not about anything really important (that I know of) but truth does not seem to be a habit. Should I say something? Becoming Distrustful Dear Distrustful: Wait until an opportunity presents itself and then question (politely and casually) the particular lie or half truth.  Don’t [...]

Numerology

Dear Short Answers: How many bones in the human body? Billy, the Boy Dear Billy: Plenty. Only seems to matter when you have a broken one. And not always then either. Like Unlike

Teach the Children

Dear Short Answers: What do I do about my friends who are still carrying a torch for Bernie? Getting Annoyed Dear Getting: Just shake your head and sigh, and tell them that you love them. Like Unlike

Skeletons

Dear Short Answers: With all this publicity about Melania Trump’s nude photos, my wife admitted to me that when she was an aspiring actress, she once had a nude photo session.  She can’t remember what the photos were for but she needed the money.  That was a long time ago and the photos are probably [...]

Mixed or Matched

Dear Short Answers: What is the difference between “beneficiary” and “stackholder?” John Dear John: A “beneficiary” is a recipient of an advantage of some sort: it is generally financial but one can also benefit from gifts of other kinds such as privilege, honor or genetics. A “stackholder” is the one with all the pancakes. Like [...]

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