marriage Category

I’m the Lesser Half

So I watched back-to-back episodes of “Catfish the TV Show” earlier today and am now kicked back before a TLC program called “Sex Sent Me to the ER.” This is me – the person I become when my husband is out of town. Todd went away on business two days ago. Two. I couldn’t tell […]

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Sleep Out in the Rain

Money, sex and conflicting styles of parenting are sited as the most common sources of marital strife. Not so for Todd and me. We’re bickering about Percy Sledge. Have been for years. “When a Man Loves a Woman” was the catalyst to one of our earliest arguments. This was back in college. Todd had a […]

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Valentine Pine Beetles

“It’s pine beetles,” my mother said. “Pine beetles?” I asked. “Those dead trees in the back yard,” mom explained in a tone of voice one normally reserved for announcing a cancer diagnosis. “Your dad had a guy come out to the house and look at them, and he said it’s pine beetles. The trees have […]

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The Two Luchadores

My husband and I both received a luchador bottle opener as a gift this year. We’ve no affinity for wrestling, little interest in Mexican pop culture, yet somehow, two different friends (unbeknownst to one another) chose for us the exact same present. Stranger still is the fact that these two friends, at one time, were […]

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Charles Manson’s Tips for Landing a Younger Woman

Save the date, folks! Charles Manson is getting married! Earlier this month, eighty-year-old convicted mass-murder, Charles Manson, was granted a marriage license. He and 26 year old fiancee Afton Burton (who prefers to be called “Star”) have ninety days in order to arrange the ceremony and exchange vows before the license expires. If you are […]

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Imagine it with Meatloaf

How many place settings we received as wedding gifts, I cannot recall. Ten. Twelve, maybe. It has been a long time since our wedding. Sixteen years this Friday. We are down to just two of our original dinner plates. These (above) were/are our “everyday dishes,” so the casualty rate has been pretty high. Our formal […]

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Forced Entrance

Pictured above is the jagged remainder of our backdoor’s molding. More than the a marital sore spot, it is a fun little personality test. Our door is a screening tool for classifying your character – sort of a glass half-full/half-empty kind of thing. Play along, wont you? How do you handle adversity in life? When […]

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15 Years Into Marriage, the Romantic Gestures I Most Appreciate from my Husband

Filling the tank of my car without bragging on himself (or even telling me that he has done so). Eating everything I cook, then thanking me for the meal. Fixing (and/or writing a check to fix) all the crazy problems that crop up in our century-old home without ever picking on me or accusing me […]

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The Long Hike

(pictured: my husband Todd with either me or my mother – I cannot tell which) Todd kept seeing and pointing out interesting things on our hike this past weekend. There was a trio of snails the size of ping pong balls clinging to the trunk of a chestnut oak. A covered bridge was up ahead, […]

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