Category: Marriage Moments

Winter Wonderland

 January 13, 2020

Growing up in Michigan, I remember the slogan “Winter Wonderland” depicting Michigan’s winter beauty. We’ve long since given up that slogan for other slogans, but the term remains engrained in my psyche. It is a way to get through drab, dreary cold winter days by focusing on the beauty of snow-covered hills and streets and […]

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Ole’s Divine Encounter – Monday Marriage Moment

 December 16, 2019

Marriage lessons sometimes are best delivered in humor. And no one does a better job of that than the person who first thought up an Ole and Lena joke. This one is for all of us men who, in the inglorious tradition of Ole, have ever uttered a wrong-headed prayer. It was a Sunday afternoon […]

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Honesty in Marriage

 December 9, 2019

  Normal honesty is vital to a successful marriage, but not stupid honesty. It does not pay to be so honest that someone sleeps on the sofa or at the Quality Inn. Brad Reflections:  Has honesty ever gotten you into trouble in your marriage? How did you get out of trouble?   Sign up for […]

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Compromise

 December 2, 2019

He really would rather stay home. But in the end, after some nagging, he decided to go to the party with people from my workplace. As it turned out, things were not as boring as I had expected. I had fun, got a chance to be witty. We both mingled, and before I knew it, […]

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Coming Home

 November 25, 2019

Even though it has been thirty years since I moved out of my parents’ house, whenever I visit, I’m a child again. I feel safe and protected sleeping in my mom and dad’s home. Even though it has been years since I moved out, whenever I visit, I can’t wait for another serving of Mom’s […]

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Thank you!

 November 18, 2019

He looked down at the dried-out pot roast, hidden by lumpy gravy. The asparagus was limp to exhaustion from over cooking. At least the potatoes and carrots were okay, coated with a layer of brown drippings. How could she have ruined pot roast, she asked herself. It was the one fail-safe meal – according to […]

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The Michigan/Michigan State Divide

 November 11, 2019

Two great teams from two great schools in one great state. So why can’t they just get along? Because they are like siblings, constantly competing against each other, seeking attention. Within the confines of family, we fight. We may have disagreements, but to the rest of the world, especially our kids, we put up a […]

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Forgiveness in Marriage

 November 4, 2019

A friend, told that I was writing a series of short meditations on marriage, put the question to me: “Have you written about forgiveness yet?” Well … uh … maybe tomorrow. I suppose the easiest thing I could observe about forgiveness is that no marriage could survive without a good deal of it going both […]

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Bad Spells

 October 28, 2019

We each have bad spells—bad days, bad weeks, bad months, even bad years when everything seems to go wrong, nothing works out the way we want it. The fact of being married doesn’t mean these bad periods coincide. One spouse’s good days can help alleviate, or at least put into perspective, the other’s bad day. […]

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Tapestry

 October 21, 2019

In Homer’s Odyssey, Penelope worked at her loom while awaiting Ulysses’ return. By day she worked, by night she took apart what she had done in the day so that she would not finish until he came home. Marriage can be like a tapestry woven by two people. If there is a flaw in the […]

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