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Mar 10, 2007; INVADED Asks:

These ants are flying all over the group home where I work. What in tarnation? Are they termites? The exterminator can't come until Monday.

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Stacey answers:

INVADED, that's a carpenter ant. They live in moist, rotting wood and are very common. In the spring, the main colony sends out its extra fellows in order to form a satellite colony, which is probably what has happened in your workplace. Carpenter ants eat sugar and other bugs, but they nest in wood, chewing out hollows known as galleries. Isn't that lovely? Your chic little ants live in galleries. Perhaps they stroll through them, sipping white wine and making snide comments.

Mar 07, 2007; notastalkeriswear Asks:

Dear Stacey, Why aren't you appreciated for the genius that you are? Why would anyone bother to read the Bible when your books are readily available at local bookstores and libraries? Why is your immense talent so intimidating that I cower and cry after finishing one of your short stories?

Stacey answers:

Hi notastalkeriswear. Please be careful. If you cry and cower after reading one of my short stories, I'm afraid that your brain will explode if I ever succeed in publishing a novel. I don't want to hurt you. But I will if I have to.

Mar 04, 2007; Wagggggg Asks:

Dear Stacey, I've never seen a hummingbird moth in my yard, but I'd like to be ready for the day one shows up. Do you know if there's a special hummingbird moth feeder I could/should put up?

Stacey answers:

Dear Wagggggg, They seem to like wildflowers. I saw one once and it was visiting the desert lupine in my yard. It totally blew my mind.

Mar 04, 2007; liarpants in the year 2000 Asks:

Ms. Richter, have you ever had the fishflake soup at a malaysian restaurant? I recommend it if you want to reaffirm your mortality. It was a noxious odor not unlike 2 cylinders of fish food soaking with Kim Chee in a festering chamberpot of piss. I ate half a bowl. I was a brave, yet tender child struggling too eat with one hand, which doesn't sound to difficult...but i was akwardly balanced due to pinching my nose shut with the other. I suppose that isn't a real question...maybe what I really wanted to say was I adore you. Wait that wasn't a question either. oops.

Stacey answers:

Liarpants, I think you are very brave. I'm impressed by your eating adventure. I've never had fishflake soup and lately I can't even look at fish skin without wanting to become a vegetarian, so I don't think I ever will. I will consider your question a warning.

Mar 03, 2007; OfficeWorker Asks:

Hi Stacey - Last week, I was in at a business mixer with a bunch of attorneys, and one of them said real loud in front of everyone that he'd never slept with me... which was true, but you know, the way he said it was like an obviously fake denial. It seemed really inappropriate! Do you think he was flirting?

Stacey answers:

Hi OfficeWorker,

He's a jerk. Men sometimes flirt by being mean or rude, particularly in the presence of their frat buddies, but that's no excuse. Real flirting, without malice, is not so hard to pull off. "Great shoes." Is that so difficult? No.

Next time, don't miss your chance to destroy him with a comeback! Lean in backward and toss it off over your shoulder, like Jack Nicholson: "Well, we tried to do it, but his belly got in the way." Also, any sentence that uses the phrase "too small" is likely to crush a swaggering attorney.

Mar 01, 2007; WriterGirl Asks:

Hi Stacey, Do you have a certain writing schedule you follow? Are there specific times of day when you like to write? Or do you try to meet a certain word count everyday? Do you write everyday? Do you turn off the phone or sit in a coffee shop or something like that?

Stacey answers:

Hi WriterGirl. No, as it turns out, I have no fixed schedule or method. I wing it all the time. Sometimes I write a lot and sometimes I don't write at all. Frankly, I don't recommend this "system;" it's just that I don't like to make myself feel bad by setting up a schedule I can't follow. This would be any schedule, by the way.

Also, I'm very lazy and I'm addicted to the internet, even though it makes me feel empty and useless.

Mar 01, 2007; Bunny Hat Asks:

Hi Stacey. Today I saw this thing in my garden. I couldn't tell if it was a bug or a bird. What do you think? Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

Stacey answers:

Bunny, I think that's a hummingbird moth. It's a moth that looks like a hummingbird.

Feb 28, 2007; Cree-8-ive Asks:

I have this new out-of-town boyfriend I like a lot. He always says he loves me, but everytime I see him he acts really stressed out, tells me how much work he has to do, and he doesn't want to have sex most of the time. I don't understand what this is about! He tells me how great I am, but then he ignores me.

Stacey answers:

He's trying to make you break up with him. Boys do this all the time and so do grown men. He won't admit it and he won't stop doing it; it's like a terrible disease without a cure. However, if you really, honestly begin to feel revolted by him and ignore him altogether, he will probably start being nice to you. Once he wins you over, he'll start ignoring you again. I recommend you ditch the boy and get a puppy.

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