Not the Fairy Tale I Hoped For


My husband does not often suggest subjects for this blog. However, when he read this quote from Kim Kardashian’s blog, he said, “You have to write about this.” And so I will. About her very brief marriage to Kris Humphries, Kim Kardashian wrote: It just didn’t turn out to be the fairy tale I had so badly hoped for. Fairy tales entertain, and they teach. And still some...

Who Says a Wedding has to be Expensive?


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...

Preparing for a Muslim Marriage — or Any Other Sort


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...

Why Be Married? To Get into the Guiness Book of World Records


Sydney, Australia set the record at 272 last September, but Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania smashed it this weekend. Which record? The number of married couples simultaneously renewing their wedding vows. To help celebrate Pittsburgh’s 250th birthday and their love for each other, approximately 750 couples gathered in Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Music Hall on February 10th for the celebration...

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Not Married?


Yesterday’s local headline sure got our attention. Our county Register of Wills, who also handles marriage licenses, issued a warning. My husband and I might not be married. When I told a friend today, she said, “But I saw you two get married with my own eyes!” A judge in York County handed down a ruling earlier this month. So far, it applies only in that one county, but it...

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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