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Parenting & Relationships

  1. Tell Me About It: Pressure to wed begets apprehension


    Q: My girlfriend and I broke up earlier this year because I was ready to get engaged and she was not. She said she didn't know when she would feel differently and didn't want to make me wait too long. I was hurt and disappointed but agreed with her sentiment and we parted ways for a few weeks. At which point she …

  2. Tell Me About It: Being civil doesn't have to mean friendship


    Q: My wife and I are divorcing after many years of marriage, and I am having a difficult time understanding her desire to remain friends. The reason for the divorce is her cheating on me multiple times, and I finally realized our marriage died many years ago.

  3. Wedding tradition of saving 'anniversary cake' requires care


    WASHINGTON — The face my husband made after I offered up a forkful of wedding cake was like the one a child makes when offered a first taste of an unfamiliar food. A wrinkling of the eyes, lips slightly pursed, his twitching nose betraying the search for comprehension of what this aroma was, exactly.

    "Pork …

  4. Tell Me About It: When he says 'just friends' he means it


    Q: Recently I've become friends outside of work with a co-worker. I thought maybe we could be more than friends, but during a conversation he said he wanted to clarify that we are hanging out as "just friends." I was so surprised by the conversation that I just replied by nodding and saying "of course" . . . and …

  5. Tell Me About It: It's time to stand up to mother-in-law's digs


    Q: I have been married to a wonderful man for 20 years and the only time we ever fight is regarding his mother.

  6. Tell Me About It: Strategy for coping with the first big fight


    Q: I've been living with my partner for three months (we started dating a year before moving in). I only moved in once we'd agreed that we saw the same future together, etc. but I find myself in a weird place following our first big fight since cohabiting.

  7. Tell Me About It: The initial response was the perfect one


    Q: Tiny problem here. Today is my last day at my current office. A co-worker, who I've met a handful of times in 10-minute increments, handed me a goodbye letter. I took it and said thank you, etc. When I opened it, I found a very heartfelt letter about her worry for the condition of my soul. The central point …

  8. From This Day: From spontaneous kiss to matrimony


    TAMPA — She went with a couple of girlfriends; he flew to the Bahamas with a buddy. By Saturday afternoon, they were part of a pack of 20 Tampa singles lounging around the Atlantis resort, drinking, splashing, gambling. And kissing.

    Photo from Michelle Pattee Photography Renier Gobea took Michelle Burrell to Havana to see where he grew up, to meet relatives he hadnÕt seen in 30 years... and to ask her to marry him. The south Tampa couple wed Sept. 26, 2014 at the Durham Ranch in Napa Valley.