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Photo used with permission from Elvert Barnes. One more quick thing to note from Tara Parker Pope’s coverage of the National Marriage Project’s recent generosity survey of nearly 3000 men and women: The top three predictors of a happy marriage among men and women are … wait – take a second, close your eyes, and guess. more »

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Photo by AussieGold. Used with permission from Flickr Creative Commons. Christmas, Hanukkah, and the other festivities we celebrate can be beautiful expressions of our faith; terrific excuses to gather family around us; and gentle reminders to give more to others. Or the holidays can be a living hell. It just depends. No where is this felt more »

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Those of you who regularly read this blog know that I (the husband) have a penchant for sports and pop culture. Thus, I also have a penchant for reading Grantland, the sports and pop culture site recently created by ESPN writer Bill Simmons. Earlier this week, Simmons made the following comment during his weekly football more »

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Disco Nap Copenhagen by KathyC81.  I am not a night person. Anyone that has seen me try to make a coherent argument after 10 p.m. can testify. Likewise, I’m not really a morning person. Anything before 7 is just too early. What am I? I’m a sleep person. I love sleep: my perfect REM cycle more »

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I grew up in a small town community of very loving, generous people. As a whole, they were also fairly conservative people who held, among other things, that woman’s highest calling was to be a good wife and mother. I remember talking with an older woman one Sunday after church, discussing the colleges to which more »

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Ziploc: Guaranteeing freshness for your left overs and arguments in my kitchen.  Product placements are hard to avoid in film and television these days, but some of the most awkward I’ve seen are on The Biggest Loser, where the contestants and trainers repeatedly break from food prep to smile at the camera and say: “I just love more »

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Into every grownup’s life this moment must fall: the moment when you realize that whether you want to or not, you’re fully responsible for taking care of something. And there’s nobody else to do it but you. I’m not talking about big stuff – like parenthood, letting your mother move in with you, or taking more »

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How Men Adapt to Parenting

Anyone else hear the study on NPR today? A study of 600 men in the Philippines discovered that single men with high levels of testosterone experienced significant decreases after becoming fathers. Here’s a link to the NPR transcript. Researchers acknowledge this may have something to do with sleep deprivation – a common side effect of more »

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Great brand for marriage advice. Makes good cars too. So once you start looking for marriage tips in unexpected places, you find it everywhere. Today’s source is Toyota. Toyota is known for two things: darn good cars, and a really good manufacturing process. Those of you with any ties to industry know about their lean more »

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He looks cute, but this little guy is trouble.  Yesterday morning I had to leave the house early – and had meetings that ran late into the evening. Cliff (who, let it be said, is an absolutely terrific dad) was taking responsibility for getting the kids out of bed, breakfasted, and to daycare, PLUS picking more »

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