Social Graces

Dear Short Answers: How long can I be mad at my friend for NOT inviting me to an event?  I probably would have hated it —  but still… A. Dear A: NOT. This is worth one witty barb — anymore is beating a dead horse. And tedious.  However, if you seriously feel slighted, then have […]

Cookoo Clock

Dear Short Answers: One of my best friends has started to talk endlessly about her wedding. She seems to be planning all the details and has even picked out a dress. She has asked her girlfriends to be bridesmaids and talked to a caterer about the food. The problem is that she isn’t engaged (we’re […]

Bad Night or Bad Juju?

Dear Short Answers: I had dinner with a good friend last night and all he did was talk about himself.  Really … all evening.  Me, me, me.  I wanted to scream.  How do you get a person to stop doing that?  Snide remarks and sarcasm did no good at all. So Bored Dear Bored: If […]

Drop the Gun, Take the Cannoli’s

Dear Short Answers: I’ve been dating a girl for about 6 months and we both really like each other (I think). The problem is that my friends think she is much too pretty for me and that she is just pretending to like me as a joke and that one day she will dump me […]


Dear Short Answers: My closest friend of 20 years has been in a very unhealthy romantic relationship for almost 3 years with a woman who I believe is mentally ill. My friend has shared all of the details of this relationship.  She and her girlfriend have called our home in the middle of the night […]

The Season of the Bitch/Summer Entertaining

Dear Short Answers: I am very allergic to cats and usually make that clear to people when they invite me to a party or dinner in their homes. A couple of days ago, I went to a dinner party at the home of a new acquaintance who SWORE she did not have any cats. Apparently, […]

When Money Talks…

Dear Short Answers: My husband and I are working on an addition on our home. A few months ago I mentioned to a friend that money was tight as we are paying for the addition out of pocket. Recently, I mentioned to her that I am headed to CA to which she replied, ” I […]

Dressing the Part

Dear Short Answers: I have a good friend who is my age (late 50s).  She’s perfectly normal looking but she acts like she is a sex goddess. Low cut dresses, mini-skirts, push-up bras. Lots of perfume and make-up. How do I tell her to stop it and act her age?  She embarrasses me and herself […]

They Come in Pairs

Dear Short Answers: My wife and I are very good friends with another couple. We used to get together for dinner every month or so. But lately, the husband gets so drunk at dinner that he is extremely unpleasant to be around. We spoke to his wife about this and she was very defensive. Last […]

Who Are You? J. Edgar Hoover?

Dear Short Answers: Last week, the husband of a good friend of mine passed away. He was in his early 60s and it was a big surprise to most people. I knew, however, that “Bill” was heavily into drugs and alcohol and I think that was at least partially the cause of his death. In […]

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