Dues Paid

Dear Short Answers: Hillary Clinton is the most popular politician in America. Why is that? Wondering Why Dear WW: It’s a country western song!  She suffered many indignities (most hated first lady, cheating husband, working for her former adversary) and held  it together  with  some grace. Not to mention raising a lovely daughter in the [...]

Show some enthusiasm

Dear Short Answers: I am seeking promotion within my department, but money is tight and it won’t happen for possibly a year. Meanwhile, my boss thought I would be a fantastic fit to be promoted to a different position that is brand new. Management really likes me and I’m scheduled for a second interview. I [...]

No Time Like the Present

Dear Short Answers: My dream has always been to be an actress and everyone I know (including my parents) has been very supportive. But I am now 30 years old and can’t support myself on acting and singing along. When do I decide that enough is enough and move on? Even though I have absolutely [...]

Building a 75-Year Plan

Dear Short Answers: Two months ago I left an office job that I’d been at (mostly unhappily) for 2 and 1/2 years, for a new office job that I’m already not enjoying. I keep reminding myself of how fortunate I am to even have a job, but that doesn’t help to make this new job [...]

No Time Like the Present

Dear Short Answers: I really don’t like my job and am freelancing on the side, hoping to one day be my own boss. When do I take the plunge to freelancing full-time? I’ll never have enough money saved up since I have a lot of college loan debt. Stuck Dear Stuck: If you are good [...]

Hoof in Mouth

Dear Short Answers: I work in a restaurant and last week I had a big blowup with the manager. I worked there for almost 10 years and he just started. He only got the job because he’s a friend of the owner. I know how to run this place and I should be manager. He [...]

The Grasshopper and the Ant

Dear Short Answers: I’m 46 years old and have lived in probably 20 different cities around the world since I graduated from college. I just love new adventures and I’ve never had a problem getting a job as a bartender or waitress. When I get bored, I move on. I plan to do this for [...]

Recharging Your Mojo

Dear Short Answers: What do you do if you’re just tired of the town you live in? I don’t like my job, my friends, the people here. It’s just boring. But I don’t know what to do. Can you help? Stuck Dear Stuck: We are great fans of moving as a vehicle for life change [...]

Managing First Impressions

Dear Short Answers: I’ve recently started looking for jobs again and am hoping for some interviews soon. My question is that I have several visible tattoos, one on my forearm and on each of my ankles. I’m not willing to work somewhere that would make me cover them up daily, but also want to make [...]

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

Dear Short Answers: Help! I’m a 50 year old, disillusioned, middle school, foreign language teacher. For the past 3 years I have been dealing with the (pretty much) constant feeling that I want “out,” to find something else to do, but I’m not sure what or where to start my search. Since the age of [...]

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