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October 2009 Blog Posts (13)

How to Get More of What You Want From Your Honey

You: “We’re always behind because you don’t make enough money!”

Him: “I’m doing the best I can, whaddya want from me, blood?”

If it meant more money, you might just say “yes.”

Unfortunately, all you’d really get is more of what you’re getting right now – nothing.

Good managers in the workplace know that you don’t get people to perform better and produce more, by yelling at them and browbeating them. You get more from people by encouraging what… Continue

Added by Noelle Nelson on October 30, 2009 at 6:43pm — No Comments

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

What Money Can’t Buy In a Marriage, Laughter Can

Finances are tight, you hardly go out anymore, so dinner at a restaurant with white tablecloths and candlelight is a BIG deal. You get this great coupon, finagle reservations, get yourself all dressed up (OK, so it’s last year’s fashion, or the year before, who cares), ready for a super night with your Honey.

Only when you get to “El Swanky Restaurant” the hostess informs you in a frosty tone that your coupon expired – yesterday, and no, she won’t make an exception.… Continue

Added by Noelle Nelson on October 28, 2009 at 2:53pm — No Comments

How to Get Him to Tell You He Loves You

You: “But do you love me? You never say you love me anymore.”

Him: “I’m here, aren’t I? Of course I love you. There, you satisfied now?”

No. You’re not. Duh.

You don’t want to hear “I love you” under duress. You want to hear it soulfully, longingly, preferably continuously.

Good luck.

Unless your guy happens to be extremely right-brained (like women are), or a died-in-the-wool womanizer (not a good choice), he’s unlikely to verbalize… Continue

Added by Noelle Nelson on October 23, 2009 at 12:55pm — 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

How to Stop the Yelling

You: Crying. “I hate you! You’re so mean to me!”

Him: Yelling. “You’re nothing but a nag! All you ever do is bitch!”

Oh dear. Not good. Fighting below the belt – name calling and vicious accusations. Gonna get ugly if you keep this up.

Back to the drawing board you go . . . learning to talk about what’s bothering you before it gets so heated you can’t think straight, taking a couples class on conflict-management together, agreeing on time-outs,… Continue

Added by Noelle Nelson on October 14, 2009 at 6:53pm — 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

The best toy for couples?

Was wondering what the best sex toy is for couples looking to spice up there romantic nights? I am looking for something we can both use and will last for awhile any ideas or thoughts hit me up, thanks.

Added by Karen Sinclair on October 11, 2009 at 9:53am — 1 Comment

How to Get In The Mood When You’re Not!

You: “I’m not in the mood. Just go to sleep. I’ve got a headache.”

Him: “You’re never in the mood.” Rolls over. “Jeez, you’re giving me a headache.”

Remember the classic scene in “Annie Hall”? Where the gal tells her therapist “We have sex all the time – twice a week!” and the guy tells his therapist “We never have sex – only twice a week!”

Getting on the same “in the mood” wavelength isn’t always easy. But if you’re gonna keep your marital body and soul… Continue

Added by Noelle Nelson on October 7, 2009 at 12:37pm — 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

Married Man's Survival Guide

Hi All - I would like to invite you to view the blog called Married Man's Survival at

This is a blog of tips and ideas some of which are included in our forthcoming book by the same name. We wilcome comments - especially from men who have been successfully married for 25 or more years. And by the way - if you have been, we would love to interview you to continue collecting success stories from men, for men on what works for us as men in a committed… Continue

Added by Kris Girrell on October 3, 2009 at 12:25pm — No Comments

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