This Great Thanksgiving Debate Is Dividing My Marriage

You need to have the final say on this Thanksgiving debate You might suggest that this is something Husband and I should’ve addressed before we got married.      You would not be wrong.      Except that, we are so far apart on this issue, it’s possible, had we discussed it, no marriage would’ve ever taken place.      Our differences should not shock us.      Look at how differently we grew up.      Different parts of the country.      Different religions.

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My Unexpected Journey To No Longer Owning A Car

No longer owning a car is part of a bigger life question I should start this week’s column with a confession. I didn’t tell you the whole story. It just didn’t seem that important at the time. Remember a couple weeks ago when I told you the wild story of trying save a baby squirrel? I drove an hour to get the squirrel to a wildlife rehabber who will be taking care of the little guy and eventually releasing him

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How Our Best-Intentioned Wedding Anniversary Plans Went Totally Squirrelly

Somehow it’s another wedding anniversary that didn’t go as planned It was supposed to be a special anniversary. For Husband and me. Lucky number 7. And yet, It was not the anniversary we planned.      Husband tried to surprise me with out-of-town plans.      No one was waiting for his last-minute search.      He pivoted to Plan B. “Let’s splurge and go to a fancy new restaurant.”      Which was also very exciting.      Until an hour later when the

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Your Dog Doesn’t Love You Back Like You Love Her And Let’s Be Thankful For That

The fur was flying. With good reason. I caught a recent online segment of “Good Morning Britain.” Call it mindless internet surfing. I call it, “research.” For this column. Yeah, I’m going with that. Can you say this about your beloved dog? I’m watched this segment, shaking my head, thinking, “Did they really go there?” A commentator daring to say the unsayable. About a dog’s love. That he can’t. Your dog can’t love you back. At least not in the

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Why My Husband Is NOT The Man of My Dreams

I didn’t have the wedding of my dreams.      I’ve been thinking about that wedding.      It was seven years ago this week.      You might remember this, Dear Reader,        As this entire story has unfolded in the lines of this website. How we got to the waterfall wedding We got engaged after two years of dating. And decided to get married just three weeks later. There was no time to plan for a grand affair. No time to

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How My Dog Got Me A Husband And Yours Could, Too

My dog got me a husband by taking matters into her own paws The numbers didn’t add up.      Not to this dog lover.      86%.      That’s how many people say they would break up with someone who doesn’t like their dog. This would never be me      “How ridiculous,” I thought as I looked at the research from a dog walking company called, “Wag!”  “Who would even consider dating someone who didn’t like their dog?”      That’s about

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How Do You Know When It’s Time To Pack Up And Make That Change?

Do you know when it’s time to make that change? Husband has an online addiction problem.      With real estate.      As long as they are houses in other towns.      One year of empty nest and he wants us out of here.      “Check out this marsh front home on the coast of Georgia.”      “How about this abandoned town in Italy?”    “Ooh, I love this jungle home in Costa Rica!” He’s ready to go. Husband has a good

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Because Women Without Children Are Magnificent, Too

How did women without children get left out of the celebration? With all due respect to us mothers, I’m not sure how we ended up with this day to celebrate only women who have children. Women are creators and nurturers. This expresses itself in different ways. To my fellow mothers, you have a whole card aisle and the world to tell you how magnificent you are. To you, my fellow women who do not have children, I know some of

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Are Black Jelly Beans The Sweetest, Most Divisive Candy In America?

Where do you stand on black jelly beans? You’re either going to be with me,      Or vehemently, “Get out of my house now!” against me on this one.      In this divisive era,      Where Republicans and Democrats can’t govern,      When Easter and Passover fell on the same weekend,      Where there is only one way to feel about the New England Patriots,      I have found a topic more divisive.      How could something so little,     

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That Mood Of Mine That Drives My Husband Crazy

Funny thing is I had no idea this was a problem As marital disagreements go,      This was one I wasn’t expecting.      It popped up on a typical weekend day for Husband and me, sitting side by side at our dining room table.      I was puttering away adding uplifting and positive news stories to my website.      Husband was busy creating our next travel adventure.      “We might be going around the world on Emirates Airlines First Class,”

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