- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Advice compiled and condensed from actual sources by Kelly Jane Torrance, who composed the questions.

I was just trying to focus on my music career - but now I seem to be on the way to destroying it.

I've been a musician since I was young, but because I'm better known for my filmmaking, I have a hard time getting people to look past the movies and really listen to my tunes. So when I did an interview on Canadian radio that was supposed to be about music and the guy brought up my film work, I couldn't help but get angry. He'd been told not to mention that stuff!

It seems the Canadians I thought were so reserved don't take well to slights. The band got heckled, and now we've canceled the rest of our Canadian tour. How did I go from being rightfully angry to totally humiliated?

- Billy Bob Thornton

Dear Billy Bob,

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.

- Benjamin Franklin

My career an as actor was going really well. I went from playing a stoner to playing a doctor - on “House,” one of television's highest-rated shows. I was pretty content, but then I started thinking about what else I could be doing with my life. I wanted to make a difference in the social and political life of my country. So I got myself killed off on the show so I could join the White House Office of Public Liaison.

Some people think I'm crazy to give up a well-paid acting gig to make next to nothing in government. Did I make the right choice?

- Kal Penn

Dear Kal,

When principles that run against your deepest convictions begin to win the day, then battle is your calling, and peace has become sin; you must, at the price of dearest peace, lay your convictions bare before friend and enemy, with all the fire of your faith.

- Abraham Kuyper

I've had a productive but pretty dull life. I'm a high-ranking executive at my father's trucking company and a board member at New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

A year and a half ago, the dream of every woman my age came true - I met a Beatle. Now I've been strutting the red carpet with Paul McCartney when I should be at MTA board meetings. Some people are starting to complain about my absences, and it's making me feel rather guilty and embarrassed. But what would you do if you were torn between the board and a Beatle?

- Nancy Shevell

Dear Nancy,

One sweet dream - pick up the bags and get in the limousine. Soon we'll be away from here. Step on the gas and wipe that tear away. One sweet dream came true today.

- Paul McCartney

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