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March 29, 2017

Q I have been having an affair with my older, married boss for six months (he's 44 and I'm 28). We are in love. We obviously haven't told anyone in the office, but he says he thinks people are catching on to us and that we shouldn't be so chatty together at work anymore. That's fine, except…

Carolyn Hax

March 26, 2017

SICK

Dear Short Answers:

It seems like I have a lot of friends who are getting serious illnesses these days. (Maybe it’s because we’re all getting older!) They post regular updates on Facebook, but I never know what to say other than “get well soon” or “sending love in…

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March 24, 2017

Q Please help me. My older sister and family go to the beach yearly for a week and stay together in a condo. Same location for decades. In recent years, I have rented nearby at the same time to see my family.

I must say, they don’t seem to care if we are there. We don’t eat…

Carolyn Hax

March 22, 2017

Q My daughter is having terrible morning sickness. She doesn’t want to take medicine. Will natural supplements, foods or drink help? — R.R.K., Greenville

A By the time you read this, I hope your daughter has gotten over her morning sickness. Most women feel better by…

Kathy Kolasa

March 22, 2017

Q My father’s wife sends several political emails a day to her bcc’d distribution list. I’m on that list. She knows we are not like-minded politically, and I told her I do not discuss politics the first time she brought the subject up.

She tells my father he is failing in his…

Carolyn Hax

March 19, 2017

FASHION FORWARD

Dear Short Answers: I’ve never been a particularly fashionable person, but my 2017 New Year’s resolution was to try harder this year. So I hired a fashion “consultant” to help me pick out clothes that were a bit trendier. Unfortunately, I am starting to…

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March 17, 2017

Q I just found out that our 24-year-old daughter married her boyfriend one year ago and did not tell us. She doesn’t know that we know.

She probably didn’t tell us because she knew we would not approve. She works two jobs to support them, and he only works part time.

Please tell me how…

March 15, 2017

I wear a pedometer almost every day, tracking my steps and noting how many steps I have to “make up” on the weekend to meet my goal of 70,000 steps per week. I try to walk when I can to pick up a missed item at the grocery store and laugh at how many people slow down and offer me a ride.…

Kathy Kolasa

March 15, 2017

Q We have a friend, “Allen,” who has recently lost touch with us and who we believe is being manipulated and emotionally abused by his significant other. Over the course of their relationship, his now-wife: has joined herself to Allen’s hip in that he can’t make plans with…

March 12, 2017

The problem in American parenting is the 1960s. Among other things that defined that very interesting (ref. ancient Chinese curse) decade was the replacement of rationality by emotionality. It was during the 1960s that the media, various self-appointed spiritual gurus and the mental health…

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