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Short Answers, May 13

Short Answers

Paula Forman and Jeff Johnson

Sunday, May 13, 2018


Dear Short Answers: My husband is a huge Yankees fan, and before every game he prays for the Yankees to win. Not only do I think this is a waste of time, but it strikes me as sacrilegious. Does he really think that God is going to help a stupid baseball team win? Does the team with the most people praying for them win? How do I get him to stop? — Offended!

Dear O: You stop. Who knows if God cares about baseball — but your hubbie does. Leave it alone (if you can’t pray along with him).


Dear Short Answers: A woman at work just had a baby (her first) and decided that she wants to come back part-time. Actually, I think she’s getting paid full-time, but she works part-time from home. I think this is massively unfair and if one person can work from home, we all should be able to work from home.

Am I justified in making an official complaint about this to HR? I don’t want the new mom to be punished. I just want the rest of us to be treated the same way! — It’s About Fair

Dear Fair: We hear you. Culturally, we are in an adjustment period. Now that it has been massively documented that working mothers operate at an extreme disadvantage, some companies are bending over backward to accommodate their needs. Think of it as affirmative action for moms. Until the workplace adjusts to the needs of people, not just parents, there are bound to be inequities.

About making a complaint … we think that is ill-advised. You don’t have all the facts. A better approach is to inquire about the policy concerning work from home. And don’t be too surprised if there is none.


Dear Short Answers: When a person announces a death in the family on Facebook, is it appropriate to “like” their post? It seems weirdly morbid to me to “like” something like that. It seems as if you’re saying you’re happy that the person died. — What to Do?

Dear What: Strange 21st century manners. If you know the person, acknowledge the loss in a comment. If the connection is remote, “like” the comment that most approximates your feelings.


Dear Short Answers: My mother is determined to find a “suitable” wife for me. She sets me up on dates with daughters of her friends, girls from church (which I don’t attend) and (I think) random people she meets on the street. My mother has surprisingly good taste and must be pretty persuasive because some of these girls are smart, gorgeous and just might be perfect for me. But every date I go on, it just feels like my mother is in the room and that creeps me out. How do I avoid the overwhelming feeling that this is a blind date set up by my mother and just let things happen as they normally would? — Interested, But

Dear Interested: Maybe she “gets you.” Think of it as online dating with concierge service.


Dear Short Answers: Is 20 stone too heavy to ride a horse? — Big Man

Dear Big Man: We suggest you ask the horse. Very nicely.

Life is complicated. “Short Answers” isn’t. Send a question about whatever is bothering you to reflector@shortanswers.net or go to www.shortanswers.net and a psychologist and sociologist will answer. A selection of the best questions will be printed every Sunday in The Daily Reflector.


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Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.


August 18, 2018

It’s not often that we botanists, on our field trips, have to stop, speechless, and stare at a flower with jaws agape. It happened to me and my buddies recently deep in the pinelands of the Francis Marion National Forest.

It’s a not a tall plant, only about 2 feet high, and it never…


August 17, 2018


‘Broadway Spectacular’

The Community Pops Singers will present a”Broadway Spectacular” concert at 7:15 p.m. today at John Paul II Catholic High School, 2725 E. 14th St. The free event will feature songs from “The Music Man,” “My Fair Lady,”…


August 17, 2018

Q I’m a 23-year-old woman living across the country from my family, and my brother “Justin” is an 18-year-old high school grad. Justin is living at home and working, and might go to university next year.

My parents just called to share that he has been caught with marijuana…

Carolyn Hax

August 17, 2018

Scotty McCreery is going to let his tour bus take him home next weekend — but not before he stops at the Winterville Watermelon Festival.

“We do a lot of things in the big cities. It’s always cool to go right down to the people. That’s what we love about [these shows]. We…


August 17, 2018

Capsules of movies playing locally. New releases are indicated with an asterisk.

*ALPHA — An epic adventure set in the last Ice Age, “Alpha” tells a fascinating, visually stunning story that shines a light on the origins of man’s best friend. (1 hour, 36 minutes.…


August 17, 2018


The Greenville Museum of Art will host a curator-led tour from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday. Led by Assistant Curator of Exhibitions and Collections Trista Reis Porter, the free tour will include the museum's permanent collections and the following temporary exhibitions:


August 17, 2018

Mark Wahlberg hopes for franchise with “Mile 22”

Mile 22 – that’s the distance to safety for an Indonesian policeman being targeted by a crime lord. There, a plane is waiting to spirit him out of the country. It’s up to some low-level CIA agents to get him there.…


August 15, 2018

The Leroy James Farmers Market Vendor of the Week is Smith Produce.

The farm is owned and operated by Jerry Smith and his daughter Cassandra. Rashaun, Jerry’s grandson, also helps with the family business. Smith Produce Farm is located in Blounts Creek in Beaufort County. Jerry, 82, has been…


August 15, 2018

If you’re looking for new place to hang your hungry hat, then I have the place for you. Newk’s Eatery just opened at 516 S.E. Greenville Blvd., and it’s fantastic!

Every meal is made-to-order in an open-view kitchen. The diverse menu offers toasted sandwiches with flame-grilled…


August 15, 2018

Q: I had a heart attack recently, and my health care provider is trying to get me to go vegan. I never paid much attention to my diet, but I am willing to try to make some changes. I might be able to be a lacto-ovo vegetarian, but I don’t see myself giving up dairy products. I love milk,…

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