Today is “Divorce Day”? No, Please–Keep Trying!

Kathy and Jerry 2

I was driving in the car when I heard this from a newscaster:  Today, January 2, is known in  the legal profession and among relationship counselors as "Divorce Day."This day, according to some, is the perfect time to end a marriage that's gone sour.  That's because it's the day when couples in a troubled relationship are most likely to call it quits.  One news source reports: According to experts, after months, or even years, of thinking about it, the tension of a fraught Christmas is often … [Read more...]

No Surprise Here! Vatican Conference Ends With Affirmation of Marriage

The Vatican's three-day colloquium on The Complementarity of Man and Woman in Marriage has ended today, not surprisingly, with an affirmation of marriage.What WAS surprising--at least to me--was the pure poetry of the closing statement.   Participants listened to a reading of "A New Affirmation of Marriage"--which explained why wedding celebrations are joyful.  The statement, along with additional information about the conference, can be accessed at the website; but for your convenience, I've … [Read more...]

For the International Day of Older Persons: My Reflection on Growing Older

Allie and Noah in "The Notebook"

I am no one special. Just a common man with common thoughts. I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but in one respect I’ve succeeded as gloriously as anyone who ever lived. I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul and for me that has always been enough. –Duke (James Garner), “The Notebook”I’m a pretty tough cookie when it comes to the movies.  I sit back and analyze the dialogue, deconstruct scenes and then imagine them differ … [Read more...]