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I have a love/hate relationship with romantic comedies. Okay, it’s probably about 20% love and 80% hate. For example, I love everything about “When Harry Met Sally,” from the older couples discussing how they met to the conversations about women meowing to the filmmakers not realizing that The University of Chicago is not in Evanston. more »

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Last June, I wrote about NBA marriages, suggesting that teamwork means everyone knowing their role and every role mattering. That post seems worth revisiting this year for several reasons: The Miami Heat are back in the Finals. Nobody doubts LeBron James’ status as GPITW (greatest player in the world), but winning this year’s series will more »

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Did you know that before Jessica Chastain captured Osama Bin Laden or learned to cook from her maid, she was just another small town resident with a small business, a daughter who had special needs and a husband that believed an apocalyptic storm was getting closer by the day? While Ms. Chastain has captured Oscar attention this more »

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My friend Shelly started a blog a few weeks ago, and she already has more regular readers than we do. But ’tis the season to be jolly, so I won’t be jealous. Instead, I’ll introduce you to her writing. Here Shelly shares a holiday tradition that’s become important to her family. *** Reading Our Way more »

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We’ve been getting less and less sunlight around the Midwest lately.  Our seasons are changing, and our clocks have not fallen back. What does that mean? Well, the snooze button seems more tempting every morning. You know the feeling, right? When you wake to darkness and chill and a full meeting schedule, the day can more »

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On Labor Day Cliff and I spent the afternoon getting ready for a small backyard party. At one point we heard a ruckus coming from our front yard, and simultaneously realized we hadn’t seen the kids in a while. We found Sam on the front porch, wearing his sunglasses and playing, loudly, his Paper Jamz more »

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Love and Politics

Well, folks, the republican national convention begins this week. I know, I know…you read blogs like ours to AVOID political commentary during seasons like this. But here’s the thing: marriage and national politics are inextricably connected. There have been 44 presidents, and only 2 were single when elected (bonus points if you can guess both more »

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I recently read Malcolm Gladwell’s book, “What the Dog Saw,” a collection of his favorite writings from over the years. In typical Gladwell fashion, every piece starts off being about one thing before he becomes fascinated with something different altogether. Kinda like M. Night Shyamalan, except – you know – good. At any rate, one more »

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Over the last several years, state marriage laws have obviously received a good deal of attention. Given this blog’s focus, it’s high time we weigh in. So this will probably be controversial in Kentucky, but I support my wife’s right to purchase hats without having me try them on first. Also, I would argue that more »

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A friend just loaned me the latest Anne Lamott book, Some Assembly Required. For those of you that aren’t Anne Lamott fans … why the heck not? She’s brilliant and sassy and real in a guttural way that makes me both adore her and want to refer her to a nice counselor. I’m only 20 pages into more »

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