Category Archives: Values

Steering a Course in Marriage

Several years ago, I left big-town suburbia and moved to a tiny town in the middle of nowhere.  It was a huge lifestyle change.  Even though I lived in a town, my life felt very rustic.  So my mom bought … Continue reading

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The Horror of Circumcision

My stepdaughter had her newborn son circumcised today. I knew if she had a boy that she intended to have that done, but I had hoped once her baby was born, she would look in his sweet, trusting eyes and … Continue reading

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The Dilemma of the Step-Grandma

My husband’s daughter has just had a baby. Yay, woo-hoo, congratulations.  No, really, I’m very happy for them.  But can I be excused from being too deliriously enthusiastic about it?  And is it okay if I don’t really consider myself a grandma yet? The … Continue reading

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Is Trailblazing Overrated?

Some people lead.  Some people follow.  I do neither. I go out and quietly do unusual things that other people eventually start doing.  But they don’t do those things because I blazed a trail.  Someone else eventually gets the same … Continue reading

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Who We Are: The Sum of Our Experiences

Last night, as my husband and I worked through a misunderstanding that had caused some bent feelings between us, I mentioned (again) my discontent with the fact that he feels done with having kids because he has three from his … Continue reading

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In the last 3.5 months, my husband has lost 45 pounds, and I’ve lost 25.  I often compliment him on how much smaller he’s gotten, but he has never, not even a single time, said anything to me.  I guess … Continue reading

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Second Wives and Empty Cradles

There are advantages to being a second wife (or, in my case, third-and-a-half).  The husband in question has hopefully learned a few things about how to make a marriage work, and he has matured—ripened—into better husband material.  All of that … Continue reading

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