Old game/New Rules

Dear Short Answers: I have a very young friend at work who has started to get very affection toward me — like putting his hand on my leg during a meeting or giving me a hug when we say hello or goodbye.  I am 52 and he is probably in his late 20s.  I can’t [...]

Don’t Start What You Can’t Finish

Dear Short Answers: My wife was very ambitious on my behalf.  It’s a little more complicated than just blind ambition but I did something terrible to please her. Then she did something terrible, and now I feel like something terrible is about ready to happen to me.  Also, I think I am hallucinating — ghosts, [...]

Just Don’t

Dear Short Answers: My husband has the very annoying habit of making me say things I don’t mean and then punishing me for it. For example, he decided that he didn’t want to have a big Thanksgiving dinner this year and wanted to go out to a restaurant instead. I argued with him but he [...]

The Best Defense

Dear Short Answers: In the small town where I live, I have a large group of friends.  Some of us are single, others are married (or on their 2nd or 3rd marriage). A couple of them have started to hint that they would like to introduce “sex” into the group. I’m not exactly sure what [...]

Trouble Maker

Dear Short Answers: I am having a dinner party in a couple of weeks and can only invite 6 people (my table only seats 8). If there are 2 couples where I like one person and not the other — do I really need to invite them as couples? It’s my party, why can’t I [...]

Narcissistic Rage

Dear Short Answers: I had lunch a few weeks ago with a group of college friends (we’re all in our 50′s now). We were having a great time until one of the group (who is still very athletic and in amazing physical condition) decided that he wanted the waitress to “guess our ages.” Now, of [...]

It’s a Toughie

Dear Short Answers: Is it ok for my ex-husband to expose our daughter to his two girlfriends? Mom Dear Mom: We hate to answer questions with questions but this time it all depends:  1) How old are your daughters? 2) Do you trust your ex to introduce these women in a way that will be [...]

Mercy Now

Dear Short Answers: How can I get my boyfriend to get motivated? He’s been a whining mess for about a week, even though he just has a cold. What’s a good way to get him active? Signed, Bored Dear Bored: Oh please, a week is no time at all.  If you can’t be sympathetic, then [...]

Easy One

Dear Short Answers: My ex-boyfriend continually asks me to hang out with him alone despite the fact that he has a girlfriend. He tells me that he wants to hang out with me and then lies to his girlfriend about it. Please help!! Confused Dear Confused: What’s confusing? Ever hear the expression “have your cake, [...]

Tough Luck

Dear Short Answers: I met a girl at my school 3 months ago, and I became interested in her so I asked her for her Facebook.  She gave it to me, but I lost the paper!  And I never saw her again.  A while ago, I was looking for a roommate, so I put an [...]

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