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Hitched's Blog – October 2009 Archive (6)

Men Married to Smart Women Live Longer

We've all heard that on average men die younger than women. If you're a guy and that scares you, the education level of your wife may give your life expectancy a boost. A study on 1.5 million people from experts at Stockholm University (click here), examined data from the 1990 Swedish Census of the employed and found that a woman's level of education was more… Continue

Added by hitched on October 29, 2009 at 10:10am — No Comments

Only 4% of Marrieds Without Pension Have Enough for Retirement

A new report by Ernst & Young says that only 4% of middle-income married couples who don't have a pension and are nearing retirement are likely to have enough money to last their lifetime. Overall, nearly one-third of American households don't have any retirement savings, according to a McKinsey & Co. report. This article from USA Today discusses how… Continue

Added by hitched on October 20, 2009 at 8:35pm — No Comments

Interracial Couple Denied Marriage License

What year is this? Louisiana judge, Keith Bardwell, refused to issue a marriage license to Beth Humphrey (white), 30, and Terence McKay (black), 32, out of concern for any children the couple might have. "I'm not a racist. I just don't believe in mixing the races that way," said Bardwell. Really? Not sure there could be a more racist act than that. This is not an isolated incident according to Bardwell. When couples call them, he asks if they are mixed and tells them if they are he… Continue

Added by hitched on October 19, 2009 at 3:02pm — No Comments

ATM for Recycling Consumer Electronics

Look around, I'm sure there are some tech gadget collecting dust on a shelf near you. Perhaps an old cell phone or iPod? According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, there were over 140 million cell phones sold in the U.S. in 2007, while only 10 percent of cell phones got recycled. Well, now there's an easy solution, the EcoATM. So how does it work? A customer feeds the machine an electronic device or handset, the machine analyses the device and assigns it a value. If the… Continue

Added by hitched on October 14, 2009 at 5:26pm — No Comments

Husband and Wife Battle Breast Cancer

Literally. Husband and wife, Mike (62) and Barbara Welsh (63) of Monroe, Ohio, each had surgery this year after separate discoveries that they had breast cancer. You may be thinking, that's got to be rare? It is, with roughly 1,900 cases expected to be diagnosed this year, with about 440 men dying from the illness. Barbara has already undergone chemo and is on her way to recovery while Mike had a mastectomy on his right breast and is now considering chemotherapy and radiation. While… Continue

Added by hitched on October 13, 2009 at 11:58am — No Comments

Halloween Season Looks Spooky

According to a National Retail Federation survey, consumers plan to spend an average of $56.31 on Halloween this year, down from $66.54 in 2008. Furthermore, only 62% say they plan on celebrating the holiday compared to 64.5% last year. This doesn't bode well for the rest of the holiday season, which had its worst sales in roughly 40 years. Eighty eight percent of those who were surveyed indicating they were going to spend less on Halloween this year say they're also going to spend… Continue

Added by hitched on October 6, 2009 at 5:04pm — No Comments






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Episode 547: The Benefits and Downsides of Worry in Marriage

Worrying is a natural part of the human emotion and of relationships. Dr. Noelle Nelson explains how you can navigate these feelings and form a more secure relationship as a result.

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