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DEAR MARGO - For Better or for Worse, but Not for Lunch
Dear Margo: I am furious. My wife and I have just had a huge fight -- our third in the past six months. The reason? Nine months ago, I retired at age 60, and my wife seems to be angry with me simply for existing. For almost 30 years, we've had a great marriage. We worked hard, were prudent when we needed to be and raised two great kids. I did well in my career, and we are financially secure.…
Martha's Big Adventure – Real Tomatoes
It is tomato growing season and this year my neighbor, Mimi and I have decided to get in on the action. With the help of our neighbors, Old Matt and New Matt, we’ve hung two Topsy-Turvy tomato plants from my back deck in Chicago plus we planted one more Celebrity variety in a big pot. We have grand ambitions for what we’re going to do with the harvest. Next door, our neighbor, Dave has filled his entire deck with…
DEAR MARGO - Old World Values Clanging Against the New
Dear Margo: I am caught between two cultures and religions. I am finishing graduate school and planning to move to a new city, where my boyfriend is doing graduate-school work. My parents are deeply religious and from a different culture. They are adamantly against us living together before marriage, but my boyfriend is in a challenging program, and I'll just be getting on my feet and looking for work in a new city. Planning a wedding is the absolute last…
Happy Birthday Tina Carr
June 1st marks the birthday of two great ladies who were both born on this day in 1926. One was Marilyn Monroe who is permanently fixed in our collective consciousness as a thirty-something but would now be a senior citizen talking on a cell phone and going to see Shrek IV in 3D, maybe with a few grandchildren. It’s a nice image.The other is Tina Carr, my mother who is now officially 84 and enjoying life in sunny Florida…
Martha's Big Adventure – Dressing for Something Better
Women’s work clothes have come a long way. A new book, Work It! by Jesse Garza and Joe Lupo of Visual Therapy fame, is here to help generations of women figure out what to wear on the job, with a twist. Instead of starting from the idea of what your boss would like to see, which is such an old schoolgirl way of thinking, Work It! guides us through an inner search first.The idea behind it is adapted from…
Sex Harassment for Kids
Boy, have sensitivities changed since I was a kid in the '70s -- especially where sexual harassment is concerned.I speak of an incident that occurred three years ago at an elementary school in Oregon. According to abcnews.go.com, two 13-year-old boys were arrested for "slapping girls on the rear end."Both spent five days in a juvenile detention joint. Both were charged with several counts of felony sex abuse.If convicted, both would have had to be registered lifelong as "sex offenders"…
Up Front in America
Every Saturday morning, just for fun and without spending a dime on gas, I take a trip to roughly 100 American cities and towns. I do this through a terrific website operated by the Newseum, a facility in Washington, DC, dedicated to preserving and promoting the nation's news media, particularly its newspapers. At www.newseum.org there is a section called Today's Front Pages which, without comment or embellishment, lets visitors read newspaper "fronts" from around the nation. During my tour…
DEAR MARGO - What To Make of Gay Porn on Your Boyfriend's Computer
DEAR MARGO - What To Make of Gay Porn on Your Boyfriend's Computer    Dear Margo: I've been in a relationship with a fantastic man for two years. We are in our late 20s and have talked about marriage and our desire to have children. The problem is, I have caught him looking at gay porn twice, and now I'm questioning whether this relationship is the real thing or a "cover" for his secret desires and/or life.              …
Tuning Out the Peanut Gallery
Dear Margo: I have a wonderful fiance and am happily engaged. We get along great and agree on many things. He is six years older than I. As I've grown older (and am now finishing college), there are some friends and previous boyfriends who think they have the right to make rude comments. I have had ex-boyfriends come up and tell me that I am "too good looking" for my fiance; another told me recently that I am "engaged to…
Martha's Big Adventure – Extended Family
This week marked the 187th commencement at the Virginia Theological Seminary as a new batch of Episcopal ministers set sail to spread the Gospel. The Rev. Brian McLaren, pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church in Baltimore gave the address on the importance of forming lasting friendships so that the whims of others have less sway.My late father took that same path back in 1959 shortly before I was born and in the pictures of him marching toward the chapel…
DEAR MARGO - But Who's Counting?!
Dear Margo: I am a 65-year-old man who's enjoyed a great sex life, from the age of 16, with more than 400 women. I am writing you about the wives who write about their husbands having affairs. You women just don't get it. We are doing what we were programmed to do. The primary function of the male of the species is to breed. I married my first wife when I was 24. Shortly after the wedding, her sister…
Martha's Big Adventure – Let's Leave God Out of This
Every so often someone asks me to write something about whatever force it is that keeps our inner selves held together. But then comes the caveat, “You can mention spirituality, just don’t mention God.” It happens a lot.In the past, I’ll admit, I was a little more than motivated by a paycheck and would twist myself sideways trying to figure out how to talk about a divine source but never refer directly to God. It didn’t hurt that I…
DEAR MARGO - An Ex, a Rat and a Phone
Dear Margo: My husband and I got married six months ago -- a second marriage for both of us. His previous marriage only lasted two years, and they've been divorced for 14 years. That divorce was bitter, and he took responsibility for the breakup and has always expressed deep regret about losing her, once confiding that she was the love of his life. Years later, he was able to make amends and would call her occasionally to say hello.…
Martha's Big Adventure – Off to College
I started out in life being unable to state what I wanted and then head straight for it. Instead, I’d try someone else’s suggestions or demands first and hope for the best. Maybe they knew better. As a result, there’s really been very little of my life that happened in an orderly fashion. I went to the college everyone else wanted me to, dropped out, and after awhile finally enrolled somewhere else. The second go-round was at Virginia Commonwealth…
Iron Man and the Iron Can - Why Are Collectibles So Much Cooler Today?
All we had in the old days were the Slurpee™ Cups.It was back in the day when you could get a whole month’s worth of comics off the giant spinner rack at the 7-11. Well, it was giant to me because I was 8 years old, and everything looked gigantic to me, but you know what I’m talking about. About $5 would get an armload of comics, and if I got really good grades on my report card, my…
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