When It’s Off, It’s Still On

Posted on | January 26, 2016 | Comments Off

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 Nuts

Dear Nuts:
We do not experience this, but if we did, we would wear a sleep mask.

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Posted on | January 16, 2016 | Comments Off

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 offered to pay for a display case!! I don’t have the faintest interest in these stupid old-fashioned figurines and I’m not going to take up half my living room to display them.  But I also don’t want to admit to my dad that I had been lying all those years when I pretended to like them just to be nice to Margaret. I’m between a rock and a hard place.  Help!!
Step Daughter

Dear Step:
Procrastinate. Tell your dad you are flattered but need time to figure out an appropriate place. Ask him to “store” them for you in the meantime.

Ready to “Glo”

Posted on | January 16, 2016 | Comments Off

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???

Dear I:
Why is this your issue? However long it takes to get in the spirit of partying is a worthy investment.

Inventory Issue

Posted on | January 15, 2016 | Comments Off

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 was disappointed but later when I got to thinking about it, I checked our records and discovered that we had never sold the dress.  It somehow “disappeared” — by which  I mean someone stole it.  Of course, I don’t have proof that this woman stole my dress but I feel that I am justified asking her for more information, like where she bought it online, how much she paid, etc.  My husband says forget about it but I can’t.  What do you think is the best way to approach this potential thief?

Dear Angry!:
Pursuing this “potential thief” is a waste of your energy.  You might want to put it to better use examining your security system. Or better yet — forget it.

A Useful Rx

Posted on | January 10, 2016 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
Why is work important?

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.

Free to Be You and Me

Posted on | December 27, 2015 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
When you’re having a big dinner party with several different tables, is it proper to split up married couples or should married couples sit together at the same table?
Party Coming

Dear Party:
We tend split up couples … seems to work well. Everyone gets to tell their own story — without comment from the peanut  gallery!

Seasonal Greetings

Posted on | December 26, 2015 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
If your cleaning person is a Jehovah’s Witness, is it still appropriate to give her a Christmas tip?

Dear Megg:
Sure. It is always appropriate to say thank you — and not necessary to call it a Christmas gift.

Easier Said than Done

Posted on | December 26, 2015 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
I have my daughter under lock and key — no dating, drugs or alcohol.  But she will be 18 this month. Now what?

Dear Dad:
Lock and Key is not necessarily what we recommend for teaching teens about responsible choice-making. That said, tell her you are proud of her and that you trust her to make good decisions.  And don’t go nuts when she makes a mistake.

Shelve It

Posted on | December 26, 2015 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
My husband’s family is visiting for a whole week. I really knocked myself out this year with holiday preparations but I don’t think they really appreciate it. I feel resentful — any advice?
Trying to Be Good

Dear Trying:
Try harder. You’ve already committed — don’t blow it in the 9th.

Behavior Modification

Posted on | December 26, 2015 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
A certain family member never gives gifts but seems to expect them from me. I just don’t feel like it this year. He will probably be miffed but I’m not in the mood.  Is that okay?
Not Feeling It

Dear Not feeling:
Of course it’s okay! Sounds like you’ve trained one selfish kinda guy. A year of coal in his stocking won’t kill him.

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