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On Again, Off Again is Not the Best Route to the Altar

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In today’s Dear Abby column, a reader writes: Every time I start to get over Guy, he comes around again. It’s like he has radar. In this case, Guy is a married man, but that’s the result, not the cause. If you are looking to get married and running into people like Guy, or if you are in Guy’s situation of being unable to choose, you need to know this. Some folks have a...

Like Looking through the Eye of God

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Nancy “Sunny” Bostrom, a volunteer deputy marriage commissioner in Alameda County, CA, has a beautiful take on performing weddings at the county courthouse: “It’s like looking through the eye of God. I get to be three feet away at a moment none of their descendants will see, that no parents get to see in the same way. You place yourself in the crossroads where people are...

When You Get Married, You Stay Married

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“My mother always said when you get married, you stay married, and she meant that.” That’s what Verbal Isenhower has to say on the occasion of the 81st anniversary of her marriage to Vern Isenhower. They married on Jan. 26, 1929. Verbal was 16, Vern was 17, and the two of them had grown up on adjoining farms in Arkansas. Now they live in Louisburg, Kansas. Happy anniversary...

Who Says a Wedding has to be Expensive?

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Read how John and Sherry brought 75 of their family and friends together for a very classy and fun wedding for less than $4,000. It looks like everyone had a great time. Keeping the budget low is a good way to avoid family battles or the sort of debt that seeps into every disagreement a new couple must get through in their first few years together. For those with the budget to afford more...

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Preparing for a Muslim Marriage — or Any Other Sort

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I will be attending a bridal shower tomorrow for an arranged marriage between two Muslims, and I wish both of them the very best, lifelong marriage. So I was thrilled to receive a Google alert this morning about an excellent article in Pakistan Daily about preparing for a Muslim marriage. For those of us who are not Muslims, it may seem remarkable that Muslim Americans, many or most of whom marry...

Patty Newbold

I am a widow who got it right the second time. I have been sharing here since February 14, 2006 what I learned from that experience and from positive psychology, marriage research, and my training as a marriage educator.

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