Design Po Po

Posted on | July 12, 2015 | Comments Off

Dear Shortie:
Why are the designs on Kleenex boxes so ugly and old-fashioned?  Can’t they design anything decent?
The Taste Fairy

Dear Tink:
Sprinkle with your special powder and make them “object d’art.”


Posted on | July 10, 2015 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
My son’s wife looks like a dog’s breakfast. Is there anything I can say that won’t land me in the dog house?

No dear. Keep it zipped.

The Pleasure of Their Company?

Posted on | July 5, 2015 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
I recently had guests staying with me for a few days.  I try to be a good host so I always keep the guest bathroom stocked with soap, shampoo, extra toothbrushes, razors, etc. just in case my guests have forgotten something.  When I went to clean their room after they had left, I was shocked to find out that all of the little amenities were gone!!!  It’s not possible that they used EVERYTHING in one visit so they must have packed them up and taken them.  Should I mention this to my friends in case they took everything by mistake?  Or did they think that 3 extra toothbrushes was my gift to them?  I’m really annoyed because now I have to go out and spend $40 of $50 re-stocking the bathroom cabinet.

Dear MAD:
Odds are, all  house guests will annoy in one way, or another. Roll with it, or don’t invite.

Especially in Summer

Posted on | July 5, 2015 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
How old is too old for shorts?  Or bathing suits, or tube tops?
I have opinions

Dear Opinions:
We believe folks should wear what makes them feel great at any age — conventions be damned!

Tall Order

Posted on | July 5, 2015 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
What are the responsibilities of house guests on a holiday weekend? Or any weekend?

Dear Hosting:
Guests should be cheerful, amusing, helpful and stay no longer than 3 days. And generally be better behaved than they ever would be at home.

Law of the Jungle

Posted on | June 28, 2015 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
I just started working for a new person and I already can’t stand her.  I try to pretend that I like her but I’m sure she has figured out that everything she does annoys me.  What is the secret for working for a person you hate?
New Kid

Dear Kid:
Start loving her — or move on! That’s the secret.

The “Are You Kidding?” Department

Posted on | June 26, 2015 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
I have a good friend who is in the middle of a very nasty divorce and she has decided to share all the intimate details of her marriage with me and all her other friends.  Including photos of her husband’s private parts.  Although I sympathize with her emotional distress, I think she is behaving horrendously and possibly illegally by divulging such private and personal information.  Should I tell her to stop talking about her soon-to-be-ex-husband or do we all sit still and listen and hope that she’ll get it out of her system soon?
A Listener

Dear listener:
Tell her in every way you can that this is no way to behave.  And most importantly, STOP LISTENING!

Apples and Oranges

Posted on | June 26, 2015 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
What do you think of all this “identify confusion” that seems to be going around?  Bruce Jenner thinks he’s a girl and some white woman from Spokane thinks she’s Black.  Why can’t people just be happy with the way they were born?

Dear RWT:
These two examples are not the same — and neither of them is confused. Transgender behavior, meaning acts that depart from a binary set of norms associated with the gender to which an individual was born, are NOT acts of confusion. It is quite the opposite — it is an act of conviction.  We are less familiar with transracial identity. Why can’t everyone be happy? We continue to ponder.

Grow Up!

Posted on | June 20, 2015 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
I started working over a year ago at a PR firm.  It was truly an entry level position and my responsibilities are mostly answering the phone and making the senior executives travel arrangements.  There doesn’t seem to be any possibility of advancement here (I’ve already asked).  The problem is that I LOVE the people I work with.  Everybody at the agency is smart and funny and we all get along great.  I’m concerned that if I go somewhere else, I won’t have nearly as much fun.  Should I stay at a place that I love but might take years to get anywhere?  Or do I move to a less fun job with more chance for advancement???

Dear Betsy:
Please act like a grown-up working woman and move on.  Advancement doesn’t mean less fun, it means more fun.

Family Mini-Series

Posted on | June 20, 2015 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
I recently found out from my sister that my father was a closeted homosexual.  Even though he had four children!  My sister swore me to secrecy and claims that she is the only one in the family who knows.  I agreed that I wouldn’t say anything but now I am having second thoughts.  First, I don’t think a family should have secrets like this from each other.  Second, I’m beginning to wonder if my sister was telling me the truth.  Maybe she made it up or was simply mistaken.  Do I break my word and talk to my brothers and my mom (my dad passed away many years ago) or do I just forget she ever said anything and hope she doesn’t bring it up again?
Frantic Sis

Dear Sis:
Your sister has no right to ask you to keep this confidence — silence only fires a drama that may or may not be a drama at all! Tell her that, and get your gang together and share your thoughts and feelings.

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