A Not-So-Hopeless Romantic

A Not-So-Hopeless Romantic

For as long as I can remember, I have been hardwired to be in love. It is my default setting. Try as I might, I can’t shake this unbearable desire to have a passionate, emotional bond with some special woman. Yet all this time, it’s as if I have some sort of mental block against […]

First date with Mrs. Holland

First date with Mrs. Holland

My first date with Paige was lunch at Magelby’s restaurant in Provo. I was two hours late.  Long story. The gist of it is as follows. My brother who was seven years younger than I had had his wedding reception the night before. Every family-friend and relative I had, came through the line with some comment. I […]

The Bloody Origin of Valentine’s Day

The Bloody Origin of Valentine’s Day

Love conquers all, even Claudius the Cruel.   Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is presumed to be the result of the reign of Emperor Claudius II of Rome, also known as Claudius the Cruel. His nickname is derived from his tendency toward building enormous armies and sending them into bloody battles. Claudius the […]

“How do I love thee, let me count the ways…”

“How do I love thee, let me count the ways…”

For as long as there has been an accounting of history, there have been tales of love. Often the stories that have survived are of magnificent proportion. These stories were of kings falling for commoners or prophets working half a lifetime to be granted the hand of their love. The acts associated with the more […]

Until divorce do us part

Until divorce do us part

Valentines Day is not the worst day of the year. So called “single awareness” may be heightened on the 14th of February, but it doesn’t compare to the would-be anniversaries of my first or second marriage. Those days, for me, are much more poignant than Valentines Day is ever likely to be.   Living in […]

Do you have a Band-Aid? I just scraped my knee falling for you

Do you have a Band-Aid? I just scraped my knee falling for you

Many college students have heard feeble pick-up lines, but according to David Colemen also known as The Dating Doctor, what is really unfortunate is the students who use them.   On Tuesday Jan. 31 Coleman, offered dating prescriptions for the students on campus in the Grande Ballroom. His goal: to help students find their “soul […]

A Seven Year Itch

My wife Jennie likes to think she knew what she was doing when she married me, but I contend that she did not. It’s probably only fair to admit that neither did I. This March will be our seven-year anniversary and apparently we are falling short of the “itch.”   By now the average American […]

Soul mates: they’re out there

Love. Emotions. Feelings. All things I normally deny that I have or have had, or want. After my marriage ended my heart filled with bitterness, resentment and animosity. I stopped believing in happily-ever-afters, soul mates and true love.   I had lost hope of ever finding love. And in return I have created a sabotage […]