Friday Feedback!

Once again, welcome to Friday Feedback, our weekly tour of the underbelly that is my email inbox plus the occasional positive note. And away we go!

Dear Robin:

Seriously? Don’t you ever get tired of banging the same alimony reform drum? It’s tiresome and you sound like you are unhinged. You need to get some help and figure out why you can’t let this issue go. You are bitter and boring.

-Not a Fan

Dear Not a Fan:

First of all, I want to thank you for taking time out of your very busy day of shopping and bon-bon eating to write me this note. I know it’s not easy to open up another window in your browser and send an anonymous email while you are surfing on Etsy and planning your next vacation.


I can’t help it if many of my readers have the Alimony Curse and the attendant problems that go with it. From time to time, that subject is going to come up and I will address it with vigor and gusto. If you are referring to last Sunday’s Rant, I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy that piece. It was one of my most widely-read, so I am going to judge myself on that, not your feedback.  For those of you who missed it, please click here: Sunday Rant: Men are Not Equal.

I’m not bitter, I’m actually quite sweet. Just ask my husband. And boring? No. High–strung? Anxious? Moody? Neurotic? Yes.


But boring? Never.

Thank you so much for reading the blog. I’m happy to have you as a reader, even if you find me tiresome. How interesting that you keep coming back.  I’ll take a hate-reader over no reader any day!  Don’t worry, I feel the same about Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop (  I hate-read that shit incessantly.


Dear Robin:

Your posts are really funny and I enjoy reading your blog, so please don’t take too much offense, but I think your entries are too long.  Maybe you could try to be more brief and that way you could answer more than one question each time.  This is just one man’s humble opinion, so take it for what it’s worth!  And keep up the good work!


Dear Anonymous:

I’ve actually heard this from a few people, and I welcome your feedback.  Noted English professor and expert on writing William Strunk, Jr. once opined:

“Vigorous writing is concise.  A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.”

How true that is.  And yet, in my efforts to address the very real problems people ask me for help with, I don’t want to leave any issues unexamined.  The problems we humans face are multi-faceted and complex, and I don’t want to take the “Dear Abby” approach of administering short spurts of trite and shallow advice.  However, I imagine there is a good compromise between what the typical advice writer does and what I am doing now.  I will take your advice to heart, as I hope others do mine!


Dear Robin:

I wrote to you a few weeks ago and you never answered my question. I sent it again on Monday and I haven’t heard from you. Why? Is there a certain type of subject you are looking for, or do you just have too many questions to answer?


Dear Confused:

I didn’t answer your question because I’m afraid I don’t want to send you my address, and asking where exactly I live was the only question in both your emails. I appreciate the interest in “bringing me something special,” as you wrote, but I’d prefer to keep our relationship virtual if you don’t mind. Also, please be advised that although my dog is painfully cute, she will rip an intruder’s throat out without a second thought.


Happy Friday, everyone!  Tomorrow’s blog will be brief, but I will once again be posting a poll for choosing the Sunday Rant.  Please be sure to tune in, and share, share share!



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  1. echinachea

    I strongly disagree with any suggestion that you shorten up your responsive advice. It is all well written and hilarious, yet also helpful to many. Your style is your style. It is unique and perfect. Of course, this humble opinion is coming from someone who is just finishing up (and enjoying) a 750 page novel. It is also coming from someone with a personal bias vis a vis the blogger.

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