Runaway bride

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A promise written in stone

Before her family and God, she promised “to have and to hold, for better, for worse.” Then he broke her heart and her nose. She promised “for richer, for poorer,” not knowing that he would be fired again and again, gambling away what money they did have. She promised “in sickness, in health,” telling herself […]

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Wish stick therapy

Marriage counseling was not going well. Terrance and Leslie O’Shay, newlyweds of only four weeks, were headed for a breakup, but now, they were at an impasse. Leslie had stopped talking. Every question from their therapist, Becca Dawson, LMFT, was met with Leslie furiously shaking her head. “Why don’t we stop here for today,” Becca said. […]

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Do It Yourself

I firmly believe that DIY home projects should not be attempted by married or otherwise committed couples. Such tasks can be as simple as assembling a particleboard bookcase, or as painstaking as papering bathroom walls. The trouble comes when both partners believe there is only one way to perform the job, their way. Everyone wants to be […]

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Straddling the Mason/Dixon line

mason jar of iced tea

I am the product of a mixed-marriage. My mother is a southern belle and my father is a damn Yankee. Dad drinks Michelob out of a bottle, and my mother sips sweet tea from a mason jar. She says, “God bless you,” and he says, “Gawd dammit!” Unfortunately for them, their romance didn’t take the […]

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While the cat’s away

Hubs was TDY last week, and the week before. For those whose spouses or parents have been in the military, you know that means “temporary duty.” He was gone for 13 days, and I talked with him every day, but his absence was unquestionably felt. Even though I don’t sleep as well as I do […]

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