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This is a special day for my parents. They’ve been married 66 years. That’s a long time. Recently I asked them their secret to a long marriage. Commitment, love and faithfulness are three words I heard a lot. It certainly worked for them. And for the three dozen couples I met a couple of weeks ago who are members of the exclusive 50+ club. Unfortunately, commitment, love and faithfulness is something fewer… Read More

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Did you hear? If you’re a married couple you’re a rare breed. Closer to becoming extinct. A dinosaur. For the first time, married couples have dropped below half of all American households, according to the Census Bureau. Married couples are now the minority. From The New York Times:  Married couples represented just 48 percent of American households in 2010… This was slightly less than in 2000, but far below the 78 percent… Read More

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June is wedding month. Newlyweds may think their financial situation doesn’t matter because they’re in love. But a recent survey from American Express found that 50% of couples say the financial habits of their partner drive them crazy… and 75% have financial secrets they’ve kept from their spouse.  So money does cause a little stress in a marriage. Kiplinger has come up with four critical money questions to ask to make sure you and… Read More

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My wife walks in the door this morning, and the first thing she says is, “Wow, what’s that smell?” “Happy Valentine’s Day honey,” I yell out. “Your gift just came.” That gift was the Valentine’s Special from Omaha Steaks. And it wasn’t just a couple of days late. It was a couple of weeks late. And even though the styrofoam container was sealed, it was obvious what was inside wasn’t something to… Read More

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My wife says I can be a bit nostalgic at times. Guilty. As I get older, I have more memories. Makes sense. Over the weekend, I even conjured up the memories of a family I’ve never met. It was at one of her open houses. My wife is a realtor, and sometimes I keep her company for those two hours. The house was vacant. No furniture. No TV. Nothing. I was bored,… Read More

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Here’s another one of those surveys or studies that make you say, “They spent time and money to come up with that? That’s a no-brainer.”  Yeah, they did.  Brace yourself.  Wait for it.  Okay, here it is:  A recent survey found that not all couples are in sync financially.  And that can lead down a path of trouble.  Nothing ground-breaking, but still interesting. And true for so many couples. Have you ever… Read More

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I’ve always been fascinated by time.  As a kid it never went by fast enough.  I was sent to my room as punishment, and the minutes I spent in solitary confinement would drag on like hours.  The school day and year seemed like it would never end.  And that piano recital as a ten year old is an agonizing memory that still haunts me decades later.  Halfway through it, I forgot the… Read More

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Updated 2.9.11. Check out “Hey, I’m in the Wall Street Journal” Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not a polygamist.  But I’ve had many wives, sometimes more than one at a time.  How many of you can say that?  I’m talking about my “TV wives”, as I call them.    I lost one of them recently, and I miss her.  You could call it, irreconcilable differences.  Not of my doing, or hers.  More… Read More

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