Posts in category "Men and Women"

Domestic Violence: What You Can Do To Help Someone

Domestic Violence: What You Can Do To Help Someone
If you know someone who might be in an abusive relationship, err on the side of caution and look into it. Recently, I met a woman who’s been trying to escape a situation of domestic abuse. Her scenario is eerily similar to so many in our nation. On the outside, she and her family seem... Read more »

22 Ways To Keep A Marriage Intact. Observations for newly- (and not so newly) weds.

22 Ways To Keep A Marriage Intact. Observations for newly- (and not so newly) weds.
Last week was my 22nd wedding anniversary. Twenty-two years ago I married a 22-year-old man-child, a term I jokingly use because I “robbed the cradle”: Mike was (and still is) four months younger than me. Our combined ages then (22 + 23) equal my age today (45). Multiply that number by two (90), and you’ll... Read more »

PLAN Is The New Four-Letter Word

PLAN Is The New Four-Letter Word
Hi. My name is Christine, and I overuse the phrase, “What’s the plan?” I should have figured this out sooner, but using the word PLAN sets off a firestorm in my house. I use the word all the time, and it only gets me into trouble: When my teens ask to hang out with friends,... Read more »
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Whispers In The Wind. Real Quotes Heard By Real Moms.

Whispers In The Wind. Real Quotes Heard By Real Moms.
Trust me. I couldn’t make this stuff up if I wanted to. June 10, 2013 From the 13-year-old daughter: “Remember that time you brought that Rice Krispie Treat cake into my class when I was 11? You were such a cool mom back then.” From the online banking service (via email): “Your account is overdrawn.”... Read more »

How Do You DO It All?

How Do You DO It All?
A friend I don’t see nearly enough stops me in the grocery store. “How do you do it all?” she asks, jutting a graham cracker toward her toddler’s outstretched hands. “Nora, please don’t try to crawl out of the cart.” “Me?” I say, bemused. “You think I do it all?” “Yes,” she says, smiling. “You’ve... Read more »

On Aging...

Oh for God’s sake. Today’s one of those days that starts out terrific and, like a boat hitting an unseen sandbar, stops dead in the water. It’s a half-day of school for the kids. They’re so happy playing (oops, my apologies…hanging) with their friends that I’ve got a chunk of time to get things done.... Read more »
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So Different...And Yet So Similar

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My husband the sailor is fearless on the water. I, on the other hand, am not. He lives for the unexpected wind gusts, the on-the-spot problem solving, and the rails-in-the-water feeling of a boat heeled thisclose to tipping over. I do not. In fact, each one of those situations makes me throw up a little... Read more »