Slap Happy

Dear Short Answers: I have an old friend who has become very successful over the years.  She is successful in her business life and in her family life but it has become excruciating to hear her stories! Can it be that she never screws up? Can it be that her husband or her children never [...]

The Truth Will Set You Free

Dear Short Answers: Every year for the past several years, a good friend of mine has invited me and my partner to his house for Thanksgiving. And every year, he has cancelled at the last minute. That leaves me in the embarrassing position of finding a place to go for Thanksgiving after everyone else has [...]

Lighten Up (sic) Department

Dear Short Answers: Now that the holidays are here, I am getting sick and tired of people pushing me to eat and drink too much. When I say that I am dieting or that I only allow myself one drink per day, I get chastised for being a “Grinch.” “This isn’t the season to diet!” [...]

Cheating Hearts

Dear Short Answers: Do you ever tell friends how rude and thoughtless it is of them to bypass your important events that they say they will attend, in favor of their cheating boyfriends? Pissed Off Dear P.O.: Your friend is “cheating” on you and deserves her cheating boyfriend.  This behavior is so 20th century — [...]

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 [...]

When In Rome

Dear Short Answers: If your family and friends all think you drink too much but you don’t, what do you do? I think they are all boring and annoying. They think they are so superior because they never drink (for religious reasons). So what? Do I just ignore them? Or do I actually have to [...]

Other People’s Children

Dear Short Answers A good friend of mine has a 12-year child (a girl) who is a complete pain in the ass. She’s snotty, loud and annoying. No one I know can stand to be around her but, of course, the parents take her everywhere. How do I “nicely” tell my friend that his daughter [...]

No Dog In This Fight

Dear Short Answers: The woman who grooms our dog came to our house about 2 months ago and, unfortunately, slipped when she was getting out of her van and hit her face on the sidewalk. She broke her 2 front teeth and had to have about $2,000 worth of dental work. A friend, who also [...]

A Toe in the Water

Dear Short Answers: One of my best childhood friends ended our friendship very cruelly and abruptly several years ago for reasons I still cannot understand. Among other things, he suddenly de-friended me on Facebook. Now, over two years later, I have received a Facebook friend invitation from him, as well as a message. The message [...]

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