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  1. Tell Me About It: Venue loses it's luster after friend books it


    Q: I did some research and found my perfect wedding venue: not expensive, halfway between his family and mine, lodging on site, in the woods . . . I got all excited about it and told a girlfriend of mine. She has been engaged for over a year, and they have been saving for the ceremony.

  2. Parenting a 20-something couch potato? Experts offer advice


    Are you the 50- or 60-something parent of a high school or college kid who zones out with video games or TV instead of tackling his schoolwork or pursuing a career?

    If your older child isn’t getting good grades at school or college, cutting back on time online is one way to hold them accountable.
  3. What to expect when you're invited to your first same-sex wedding


    "Cousin Delroy is getting married …" says the family patriarch to his clan, "to a man … which is crazy!" Despite the gasps, he announces he's bringing in Gary, a gay weddings expert, who tries to calm the anxiety-ridden relatives by explaining, "A gay wedding is just like a straight wedding," before being …

    Certain wedding traditions, especially those based on gender roles, are often not a part of same-sex ceremonies.
  4. Tell Me About It: Mom wants to re-gift what she has given



    Q: My mother gave me her old wedding rings when I married my first husband. I wore them until he died, and for some time after. I am now remarried, and the rings are put away. Twice now my mother has offered these rings to other family members who are planning weddings. The first time she did it, I said no, …

  5. Tell Me About It: Many gentle reminders may get tiresome


    Q: I am happily engaged to a wonderful man. He is renovating a condo that we will move into this summer, so I have picked up his share of the household chores.

  6. Tell Me About It: Her boyfriend still pines for his ex


    Q: I've been dating this guy for several months. A couple of months ago he starts talking about his first love all the time, date after date. He has told me every moment and detail of their 16-month relationship. How much he loved her and what is going on in her life now.

  7. Tell Me About It: Dad's rejection may not be personal


    Q: My healthy-enough-to-travel 70-year-old father just told my mother he doesn't feel like taking a trip to see me. They've visited me at least annually for 20 years and it's something we all look forward to, or so I thought. After I got over the initial sting of rejection by realizing it wasn't personal, my …

  8. Tell Me About It: Friend puts a damper on a proposal


    Q: My boyfriend and I are getting ready to take a trip with two other couples we know, one newlywed couple and one couple that's been dating for five years. My best friend "C" is the female half of the dating couple. She has been wanting to get married for years now and is very frustrated that her boyfriend is …