December Romance: The Story of Ann and Jerry

February 10, 2015 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

In her traditional white satin wedding gown, Ann Belkov made a stately entrance into the wedding hall. But when she saw her guests, she threw her arms out and cried, “AT LAST!” For, at 75, she was a first-time bride.

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Letters to My Younger Self: You’re Fine, Just As You Are

February 5, 2015 by Eleanore Wells

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By Eleanore Wells

Please, go ahead and settle into yourself. Your personality is what it is. Don’t waste another minute cringing about your social awkwardness. Just be who you are. You’re an introvert. You’re never really going to totally fix this, but it’s okay.

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Letters to My Younger Self: Be Open to Love in All Its Expressions

January 23, 2015 by Suzanne Russell

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By Suzanne Russell

Maybe certain types of love are more suitable to certain stages in life. Maybe intense passion is not sustainable. Maybe comfortable cooperation, respect, and shared values are the most important qualities for married life.

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Molly Fisk: An Unmarried Woman

October 7, 2014 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

I have an embarrassing suspicion that there’s magical thinking involved too, like the idea that if I’m not married, I won’t get to live happily ever after. None of those fairy tales ever said that the maiden aunt got to live happily ever after. Usually she was eaten by a wolf.

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UNHAPPY TOGETHER, Part 1: Locked In to Marriage

September 25, 2014 by Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

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By Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

“When I was walking down the aisle and my eyes met his, I had this cold chill, and I thought, ‘I do not want to spend the rest of my life looking at his face every morning,’ my friend Paula told me. She had expressed her misgivings to her bridesmaid the night before, but she’d been too embarrassed to step up then and say, ‘No way!’”

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A Woman Who’s Made a Difference: Ludy Green

September 9, 2014 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

Since some domestic abusers vengefully track down their escaped partners, Second Chance Employment Services works with the Department of Justice to “change anything that needs to be changed to make a woman untraceable,” the agency’s founder says. “We had a woman who had to change her name and Social Security number three times.”

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Sexual Incompatibility: Might an Affair Save a Passionless Marriage?

August 28, 2014 by Hilda Hutcherson, M.D., and Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Hilda Hutcherson, M.D., and Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

“Some people will judge you harshly for even thinking about having an affair. I will not. A 52-year-old woman has the right to decide how to run her own life. Seeking couples therapy from a sex and marital therapist might help you make a well-informed decision.”

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Dr. Ford Reviews: Sue Miller’s ‘The Arsonist’—Love’s Dangerous Spark

July 31, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Her depiction of Bud and Frankie’s affair lets Miller once again display her exceptional understanding of female sexuality and the uniquely artful way she has of portraying it as a fully integrated part of her characters’ lives.

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Why Is Marriage So Deadly to Lust? Dr. Ford Reviews ‘Mating in Captivity’

March 20, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

How can intimacy be bad for your marriage? It’s not, according to author Esther Perel, but it’s murder on your sex life.

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Today’s Talk Topic: What the Readers of “Modern Bride” Learned in 1952

March 17, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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A tip of our Juliet caps to our sassy sisters over at ‘Jezebel’ for spotlighting the “Hilariously Retrograde Marital Advice” given to readers of a 1952 issue of “Modern Bride.”

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Closing a Circle: Artifacts of an Earlier Life

February 1, 2014 by Shelley Singer

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After Susan died, there remained a condominium in D.C. to clean out and a car to sell. It struck me profoundly that I was the only person who could have done this task justice.

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A Tanzanian Christmas—O Holy Day

December 25, 2013 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

No decorated trees, no gifts: Christmas in Tanzania is simply a religious festival—a situation for which many a priest and pastor has expressed yearning.

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Thanksgiving in Tanzania: The Story of an Accidental Priest

November 28, 2013 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

Rev. Dr. Sandra McCann has switched careers abruptly—and with some amazement—all through her life. Ask her how she happened to become a doctor, then a radiologist, then a priest, and she’ll say, with a touch of wonder, “I was taken by surprise!”

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SECOND ACT: Shacking Up—Why I’m Not Married

November 25, 2013 by Nancy Weber

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By Nancy Weber

They plan to be an item forever. A license would spoil the fun and tilt the odds.

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Bodies, Hot and Cold

November 10, 2013 by Susan Klatsky Cohen

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By Susan Klatsky Cohen

I wasn’t used to sharing a bed, so initially I slept as far away from my husband as I could. Then I discovered that Michael was a living radiator, with a body that gave off heat. So I became a heat-seeking missile, snuggling until he woke up with his nose pressed against the alarm clock.

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