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Category Archives: Communication

PLAGIARISM

A awkward encounter: I have a small, relatively obscure blog that I keep primarily as a writing exercise.  Today I read a very famous website that had content on it that was shockingly similar to mine…the structure was the same, some of the phrases were vanishingly similar.  What should I do? LISTEN: I doubt very […]

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OOH LA LA

A picky eater asks: I don’t like French food, but most of my friends do.  Every dinner out we end up going to one of three or four French places they all really like.  I go along and have a salad, but then I end up spending a lot more than I wanted when we […]

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AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT

Temptation asks: I met this guy through friends and we kind of hit it off.  He just asked me if I wanted to see the porn he was in!  He’s also been texting me and asking me to hang out…I have a boyfriend – so does he – so nothing like a date, but I […]

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NOTED

A dressed-down dilemma: How can you stop someone from repeating something they’ve said?  I don’t mean an old relative repeating themselves, I’m talking about co-workers or supervisors or officious bureaucrats who make a point one way, then make it another, then make it another way and so on.  I had a five minute conversation with […]

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IT’S MUCH TOO LATE

Pressed for time asks: How late is “too late” to send out Thank You cards?  It’s March, and I just found a stack of them I forgot to put in the mail after Christmas. LISTEN: Oh, I don’t know – when did you stop feeling gratitude? Add a note of apology to the note and […]

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N’EAR EASTER

Sad bunny says: Every Easter I have brunch with my family, and at some point people try to shove deviled eggs in my face.  I hate eggs.  I.  Hate.  Eggs.  And every time it’s the same thing, people pushing me to try a new recipe or whatever.  “No, thank you” doesn’t work – they almost […]

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NO LIGHT NO LIGHT

Blindingly obvious, really: My neighbors are selling their house, and real estate agents letting people in turn on all the lights.  They’ve left one on now for days – on the outside.  It’s a floodlight that points directly into my backyard and into my window at night.  What can I do? LISTEN: Don’t you have […]

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κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα

κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα! Say it after me – Katatraya stayeftika!- meaning – “There is trouble in the Gypsy village!” It also means “Who gives a shit?” or “Who cares?” I think that’s a wonderful launching point for this glorious mid-week. Put your life into context every once in a while.  When presented with an issue, a […]

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FOREVER YOURS

A correspondent: your sight (sic) is so stupid i’m never coming back LISTEN: Promise?

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BE YOUR OWN GUEST

An unhappy homeowner relates: We’ve recently purchased and renovated a house and thankfully didn’t have to live there during that process.  We’re moved in, and are now in the process of finishing up the last few little things.  So every few days or so we have one or two workers or project managers stop in […]

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