The Case For Having A Joint Bachelor/Bachelorette Party

If you’ve been dreaming of strippers and penis-shaped candy since puberty, clear it with your soon-to-be-spouse (both the specific plans and your marriage priorities) and party on. But allow me to make the case for a combined celebration—yes, a bachelor/bachelorette party wherein the groom and bride and their friends…

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How To Care For A Spouse With Early-Onset Alzheimer's

So Julianne Moore won an Oscar last year for her role in Still Alice, playing a woman with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Good for her. I read the book, but I won’t see the movie. First, I hate tearjerkers. Second, my wife Mary is five years younger than Moore, her dementia is much further along, and our lives are not very…

This Is The Worst Thing Ever Written About Millennials

Let me preempt you here: You’re right, I probably haven’t read everything written about millennials. Whatever fibers (tendons? nerves?) are strained by eye-rolling wouldn’t be able to handle all that, in my case. And, in fact, I invite you to propose other contenders for this title. But what I’ve got here is worse…

Do Any Couples Actually Have A Celebrity Cheat List?

It’s possible that the idea of a Celebrity Cheat List—five or so famous people that otherwise monogamous couples give a free pass on—predates season 3 episode 5 of Friends, aka The One With Frank Jr., aka the one where Ross meets Isabella Rossellini after opting not to put her on his list. But that’s a strong enough…

I'm Getting Married, And I Don't Know What My Name Will Be

Shortly after I got engaged a coworker told me a story about a friend of his. Or maybe it was a friend of a friend, or a cousin, or an allegory. Point is, there was this lady and she was marrying a man with the same last name as hers. While it’s somewhat common and even encouraged in other cultures, the story was a…

How To Deal With Valentine's Day, No Matter Who You Are

This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday (FYI: It’s tomorrow), making it awfully convenient for those of you planning a romantic weekend getaway and a three-day headache for the rest of us. Let’s face it: This holiday isn’t the greatest no matter your relationship status. (The media/retail onslaught of vapid,…

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Eight ​Reasons Why the Mangagement Ring Should Totally Be a Thing

I've never understood why men don't wear an engagement ring. Actually, scratch that: I understand why they didn't wear them in the past, when marriage was but the economic chess move of a lady, any lady from her Father to Some Other Dude. But Things Have Changed ™ so it's high time the lady-only engagement ring goes…