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Lois and Michael at Pompidou

I don’t know if college students still do this, but back in the day – circa 1977 – when we needed a ride home for the weekend, we’d check out the ride board in the student union to see who was driving back to the city. I know this sounds like something out of an Archie comic book – “Hey, I’ll meet you at the malt shop, Betty” – but I didn’t have a car at school so when I had to go home for my cousin’s wedding during my sophomore year, it was the easiest way to get there. [Read more…]

Tips for Staying Married Forever!

Yesterday, I featured “8 Tips for Staying Married Forever” by Iris Krasnow, the author of The Secret Lives of Wives. After reading Iris’ tips – most of which we agree with, although we do think number 6 is a little iffy – we thought, “Hey, we should share our own tips.” After all, Michael and I have been married for 30 years, Susan and Larry Jensen for 23. So we consider ourselves experts on the subject of marriage. Ha ha ha ha! We are far – far! – from experts, but feel so lucky to be in our relationships and work hard to stay in them. Here are 3 tips from each of us on what’s worked in our own marriages. Leave a comment or tell us what works for you, and you may win a copy of The Secret Lives of Wives.


Lois and Michael MarkKeeping expectations real. Most of our fights tend to be about stupid things that really shouldn’t surprise us after all these years – Michael is not going to turn off his phone during dinner, I’m not going to call the pool guy until it fits into my schedule. So for either of us to get mad about something the other one has been doing or not doing since we met – well, what’s that definition of insanity again? [Read more…]