How to Prevent the New Year Divorce

Tipped off by Elvis Presley that not everyone is merry at Christmas, churches are increasingly tending to those who are hurting over the holidays. Their “Blue Christmas” services acknowledge that pain rarely takes a day off and, in fact, can intensify at precisely the season when the whole world seems happy. But churches should also … Continued

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Marriage Isn’t ‘Love Actually’. It’s ‘Braveheart’

Marriage is beautiful. And hard. My wife and I just celebrated our fifteen-year anniversary. We splurged and bought a king-size bed, a purchase I highly recommend. Some friends joked early on in our marriage that if we could make it to year seven, the odds were in our favor for staying together. It seemed a … Continued

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Is There a Reality TV “Divorce Curse?”

Another reality television marriage flops. Specifically, the marriage of Tarek and Christina El Moussa of the house-flipping reality show, “Flip or Flop.” For the past week, the dramatic unraveling of their marriage, which apparently involved him chasing her out of their home with a gun and the oh-so-common nanny affair, has been splashed across both … Continued

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Brangelina’s End Shouldn’t Come as a Surprise

Another Hollywood marriage bites the dust. The Brangelina split, however, sideswiped those of us who track these things, because there were absolutely no hints. Usually we get a little clue here, or a whiff of trouble there. An Us Weekly story about a tense lunch or a People magazine report that somebody is looking for … Continued

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We’re All Losers in the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard Divorce

Now that the Olympics are over, we can all get back to the competition that Americans really care about—that is, the blood sport that is celebrity divorce. Ratings for the Rio games were down 17 percent from the 2012 games in London, possibly because we were all caught up with the heart-stopping Johnny Depp/Amber Heard … Continued

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Don’t Be a Pessimist About Love and Marriage

Is Romanticism the bane of happy marriages? Without a doubt. At least, that’s the argument philosopher Alain de Botton made last week in the New York Times. The piece struck a nerve with everyone I asked about it; the fact that it remained the most-read story for days after it was published makes me confident … Continued

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Megan Fox and the Dilemma of Divorce

I’m so confused. I thought actors Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox were getting divorced. But then I see that for her thirtieth birthday earlier this week, soon-to-be ex-husband Green showered Fox with gifts. According to an E! News source, “Brian spoiled Fox for her birthday with a few thoughtful presents. She is excited to … Continued

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Gwen Stefani: Another “Wronged” Celebrity Getting Her Revenge?

Upon first hearing about pop music uber-couple Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale’s split (and despite the curse of celebrity marriage that insists that even the healthy ones eventually fail), I felt sad. Upon hearing rumors that Gavin Rossdale pulled another seemingly inevitable move in Celebrityland, namely, sleeping with the nanny, I felt even worse. But after being force-fed … Continued

Celebrities, Entertainment, Music

The Gray Divorcée

For years, popular culture treated divorce as liberation; it might not be wonderful for those involved, but at least it was not a moral failure. If mom and dad were miserable, then daughters and sons were miserable too. If mom found happiness in the arms of another man (or woman) and dad could live out … Continued

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