Things to say (and not say)

You don't have to live very long to realize: some words are helpful at strengthening relationships -- and some are definitely not. Asking your spouse or your child "Do you mind taking the trash out?" definitely tends to work better than saying "Why do I always have to remind you to take out the garbage?"…

marriage & relationships, part 2

In my previous post, I talked about how a less-than-perfect wedding day is good preparation for life. According to The National Marriage Project, though, fewer people are having a wedding day. In many ways, that's understandable. Marriage is hard. Parenting is harder. Living on your own is easier. Living with someone isn't easy -- but…

Signs & Wonders #2

This handmade sign does have a point. To be healthy, relationships have to be "real." Things I wonder: It seems like every third building going up is a storage unit. I wonder: Do we as Americans really have that much junk that won't fit in our houses? Sen. Ben Sasse says that one of the…