Multiple Choice

Dear Short Answers: Appropriate response or action is needed to handle a 50-year old brother-in-law who deliberately and graphically burps and passes gas in front of others while at family dinners. He’s the only one finding this amusing and nobody wants to eat around him, including children. I’m sure this jerk can’t be reasoned with, [...]

Keeping It Light

Dear Short Answers: My senior director at work (to whom I report) is intelligent, personable, and well-respected. She often employs an incorrect word when speaking at meetings. For instance, when it is clear she means to say “semantics” she says “schematics” which are clearly different. She also says “Orientals” instead of “Asians.” Looking for advice [...]

Strange New World

Dear Short Answers: I don’t use Facebook and I don’t want to start. But it seems that lately, people are making their big life announcements on Facebook instead of telling you in person or sending personal notes. I was the last person to find out that a good friend had a grandchild because she announced [...]

Old News

Dear Short Answers: My husband of many, many years really hates my parents … for good reason.  But they are old now and I feel like he should have drawn his toe in the dirt years ago.  But since he didn’t, now, just let it go!  Am I wrong? Monkey in the Middle Dear Monkey: [...]

Past Sins?

Dear Short Answers: I didn’t get a Valentine Present for my girl and she is pissed off.  I think it is a stupid commercial holiday and I think she should apologize for being dumb.  What do you think? A Guy with Principles Dear Guy: We happen to agree with you.  But she’s your girl, and [...]

Communicology 101

Dear Short Answers: Give me a short answer on the issue of networking. Jill Dear Jill: Networking is a very good thing. Like Unlike

Contagion

Dear Short Answers: I’ve noticed that, on certain occasions, a female colleague I respect starts using “effing” every other word when she’s talking about work. I made a polite remark about it once and she misunderstood me — she thought I was agreeing with her about something. I’m no prude, and can swear like a [...]

It Depends on What You Think “It” Is

Dear Short Answers: I think my boyfriend is checking his texts … while we are having sex!!!! Does this mean he is cheating? Hold the Phone Dear Hold: Well, you certainly don’t have his full attention.  And if you think that it cheating — it’s cheating. BUT we think it is probably a simple case [...]

Don’t Blame the Fat Man

Dear Short Answers: Last week I was on a flight sitting in an aisle seat. I got up to go the bathroom and when I returned, I was shocked to see the person who had previously been at the window, sitting in my seat. The problem was that I had left my laptop open on [...]

Communicology

Dear Short Answers: A friend of mine recently announced the death of a close relative on FaceBook. I was shocked and and thought it was, at the very least very inappropriate. Am I hopelessly old fashioned? Over 30 Dear O: Yes. You are hopelessly old fashioned. FB is many things but at minimum it is [...]

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