People say money can't buy happiness, but I beg to differ. I could get really, really happy with an unlimited amount of cash. What would I do with all that dough? Off the top of my head, I would do the following:...more
The Supreme Court recently legalized same-sex marriage in every state and, as to be expected, celebrations broke out around the country marking the momentous occasion. Cheers, tears, and even jeers poured forth as people from all walks of life either heralded or condemned the decision to extend equal marriage rights and protections to same-sex couples. “Gay Marriage” blazed across the headlines and continues to be one of the most talked about issues in the media....more
“So it's not gonna be easy. It's going to be really hard; we're gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me... everyday.” ― Nicholas Sparks, The NotebookYou just got married and you are wondering if this is really how it is supposed to be. At times it just seems downright IMPOSSIBLE. Some wonder if they made a mistake and from what I hear it’s not an uncommon feeling....more
What I know now, but didn't then, is this: it's not enough for a couple to share sizzling chemistry, or a passion for growing heirloom tomatoes, or simply the determination that this one is The One, dammit. Other values must match up—values that never seem to matter when you've just taken up residence in the love shack.
...and that makes me sad, too.Because I've been there. I get it--or at least parts of it. That sinking feeling in your gut when someone announces their engagement or posts photos of their wedding. Sure, you're happy for them, but still. Why them and not you, STILL?I was relatively young at the time, but I remember when my younger sister got engaged. Planning her wedding. Standing up next to her. Watching her dance with our dad at the reception, cut the cake, go off on her honeymoon, return to set up a home with her beloved. ...more
My other half is having a birthday today. Not that he makes a big presentation of it. It truly is less of a bang and more of a whimper affair. I don't think it's an age thing. I won't tell you his age for fear of embarrassing the poor lad. Suffice to say he's over 40 by precisely 4 years. Whoops! ...more
If given the choice, no one would want to be in a long-distance relationship. Yes, absence makes the heart grow fonder, but it is immensely difficult for someone to be apart from the person you love. However, just because these relationships are hard doesn’t mean they are impossible. Sure, they do carry a risk, but you should know that making some changes to your lifestyle and attitude and also putting in time, effort and commitment can assist you in having a successful and healthy long-distance relationship....more
I collect cartoons, especially ones about marriage. Here are two of my favorites:#1. A father with his arms around his son's shoulder as they gaze out the window on a large factory. The caption reads "Someday, son, all this will belong to your wife."#2. A bridal couple, in full wedding regalia, sitting in the back of a limo. She looks angry. He looks puzzled. The caption reads "It didn't have to end like this". ...more