Dear Short Answers: I am finding all the public dialogue about sexual assault very troubling. The incidents described by the women who are coming forward are very familiar to me but my generation never dared call it “assault” — we just accepted it and tried to stay out of the way of men like Trump. […]

Unanticipated Consequences

Dear Short Answers: My husband has been having some anxiety issues so I finally convinced him to see a therapist.  After one visit, he came home to tell me that he is moving out of the house “at the recommendation of his therapist.”  Needless to say, I was shocked and I can’t believe that any […]

Got Jacket, Lost Friend

Dear Short Answers: I was at a friend’s house for dinner a week ago and accidentally left my jacket there. I called to say that I would come and get it and he said “sure.”  When I got there, no one was home so I waited around for a bit.  I finally just decided to […]

It Better Be a Good One

Dear Short Answers: I called my sister-in law today and she said she would not be able to speak to me for a week because she was “so busy.”  It sounds to me like she doesn’t want to talk at all, right? Annie Dear Annie: In a world in which one is expected to return […]

When 1 Plus 1 Still Equals 1

Dear Short Answers: I have a friend with whom I’ve always had a lopsided relationship — meaning it is always about him. His problems have been the “main course” in our relationship for decades.  When I try to discuss it, I believe he really doesn’t know what I’m talking about. How can I make this […]

Stupid Is as Stupid Does

Dear Short Answers: How stupid can this site get? Not So Stupid Dear Not: We can get PRRRRETTY STUPID!!! Like Unlike

Funny You Should Ask

Dear Short Answers: How does England elect their political leaders? Looking for Something Better Dear Better: English voters elect a political party (or in rare cases there is a coalition that joins together if there is no clear majority).  The party then elects the Prime Minister who is generally the head of the party. The […]

Getting to Know Her

Dear Short Answers: I have met this woman who happens to be a parent of a 4-year old.  I’m sure it will be a while before I meet her child if things progress.  So how do I address scheduling dates until then.  She doesn’t have family nearby to babysit, and her ex is unwilling to […]

Few Words Owed

Dear Short Answers: I live in a small town. Someone I know broke up with her guy a few months ago. I ran into her in a bar and she shared how happy she was that it was over. She has a history of having a short temper and although she started calmly to talk […]

Decor or Decorum?

Dear Short Answers: What do you do in the living room? New Wife Dear Wife: Anything you wish that is not flushable or combustible. Like Unlike

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