- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 27, 2009

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

I just can’t make up my mind. To be married or not to be married, that is my question. I filed for a legal separation from my wife, Robin Wright Penn, last month. Now I’ve gotten the court to dismiss it. I feel like I’m going around in circles. We first filed for divorce almost a year and a half ago, but I changed my mind that time, too. We’ve been married 13 years and have two kids together, so this isn’t something I’m taking lightly. People might think our relationship was doomed when I didn’t thank her in my Oscar acceptance speech this year. But honestly, I just couldn’t decide whether to thank the person I might or might not be spending the rest of my life with. With a decision this difficult, is it best to just wait and see what happens? — Sean Penn

Dear Sean,

The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision.

- Maimonides

Some people are pretty upset with something I said in an interview. I was asked what my biggest health regret was. I said two things not loving the way I looked earlier, and not having sex earlier. I really believe they’re related. I lost my virginity at 22, which seems like middle age given how old most girls are when they first have sex. I was pretty open about being a virgin when I was at Princeton. But now I think losing it sooner would have put me more in touch with myself and my body. I would have been a happier person a lot sooner. Am I wrong in thinking about it in such a modern way? A lot of parents have complained that I’m not being a good role model for my own daughters. — Brooke Shields

Dear Brooke,

Poetry, like chastity, can be carried too far.

- Mark Twain

Some might say I’m a glutton for punishment. I’m well known and well regarded as an actress. But I want to reach even greater heights, so I’ve been trying to prove I have talents beyond my pretty face. None of these attempts has worked out but it won’t stop me from trying again and again. My first directorial effort is going straight to DVD. And when I released my first album last year, the critics savaged it. I’m determined to hit it big in the music world, though, so I’m releasing another record this year, this time an album of duets. I’ve always been told perseverance is more important than talent. Which is more important for a career? — Scarlett Johansson

Dear Scarlett,

Masochism is a valuable job skill. - Chuck Palahniuk

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